We learn not for school, but for life.

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“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

– Albert Einstein

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Curiosity Ignited Capital Campaign

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“Powhatan is the academic leader of today because of the vision and generosity of our founding families.
Our STEM campaign will build upon this strong foundation and continue to inspire learning for our current and future students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Truly, this initiative embodies the enduring Powhatan spirit of ‘learning not for school but for life.”

– Sue Scarborough, Head of School

Powhatan Alumni

Here is a partial list of where some of our most recent graduates have continued their careers at the collegiate level:

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News and Events

Bridging the Past, Present and Future at Powhatan School (8/25/2016) -
In 1969 during the tenure of Headmaster Donald Niemann, what was known as the “Round Building” was constructed and dedicated as a library, classroom space and auditorium. After fire destroyed the old house in 1988, our school was blessed to receive a transformative gift from Mrs. Betty Lindsey, in memory...
Welcome Back: First Day of School! (8/24/2016) -
Welcome back as we begin the 68th year of education here at Powhatan School! Enjoy a welcome back message from Mrs. Scarborough, Head of School, on the First Day of School: Established in 1948, Powhatan School is an independent PK-8 Day School accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools...
ImPACT Concussion Testing: Real World Math in the Classroom (8/26/2016) -
This morning Upper School students took the ImPACT concussion test to establish individual baselines to be used in the future with suspected head injuries. Powhatan is one of a very few middle schools in the region participating in the testing with student-athletes. The Athletic Department would like to extend a...
PBL: Ancient Civilizations (6/16/2016) -
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a highly engaging approach to learning that we employ throughout the Lower School. Last month, fifth grade students worked in small groups to research various aspects of the ancient civilizations they studied throughout the school year. Civilizations explored in-depth included India, China, Rome, Greece, and...