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About This School

Powhatan School is a private middle school in Boyce. 252 students attend Powhatan School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Black, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Powhatan School is 9:1. Johnson-Williams Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 97%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 2%
Hispanic 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Powhatan is a positive place for kids to learn. Come visit Powhatan and you'll see happy engaged students from Pre-K to 8th grade. Not only are the main subject areas strong but Powhatan also provides a well-rounded education involving the outdoors music art athletics drama and community service. Thanks to Powhatan my two boys have learned to look adults in the eye shake hands and converse confidently and competently. They also know how to work in groups - to communicate and solve problems with others to tackle projects thanks to Powhatan's cooperative project-base learning approach. Powhatan has fostered both my boys' strengths and allowed them to fully explore their talents - and pushed them to reach beyond the comfort zone into new areas. I appreciate all that Powhatan is doing for my children.

  • (10 months ago)

    The Powhatan school motto is "We learn not for school but for life." Each morning my children are excited to go school. Their days are spent exploring the campus taking field trips to places like the Kennedy Center and being challenged by engaging teachers. Check out the many YouTube videos to get a real feel of Powhatan School. http //powhatanschool.org/social-media/

  • (10 months ago)

    Powhatan has proven to be a compassionate and intellectually stimulating school for our children. Idyllic location consistently excellent teachers strong focus on nature and citizenship. We looked at several options but no other school in western Loudoun Middleburg or Winchester was able to match what Powhatan offers.

  • (11 months ago)

    Powhatan School is a wonderful preK-8 independent school in rural Boyce VA. The curriculum is literature based meaning children read great literature rather than excerpts in text books. It's an open campus and children are encouraged to explore the outdoors through its Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning which cuts across all curriculum levels from art to science to writing to sports. The School's mission is 'we learn not for school but for life'. That ideal permeates all levels of the school where lessons are project based and hands-on so that students truly learn the subject they are studying rather than just facts that they then regurgitate for a test. I believe Powhatan is not only a great school but one of the best!

  • (1 year ago)

    Powhatan is not like it use to be. Our children currently attend Powhatan. Unfortunately in this area you are limited on good schools so Powhatan is the lesser of two evils. Kindergarten- not impressed. The teachers seem more worried about catching children doing something bad rather than catching them doing good. The assistant? Not any better. 1st grade- questionable. There are two classes.The one teacher has a very strong personality and can't seem to get along with the other teacher. The school has gone through three 1st grade teachers in 3 years because no one can seem to get along with this particular teacher(as a side note- she came from Clarke County HS where she was the principal but is now a teacher?) 2nd grade- can you say nepotism? It is a Aunt and niece team. Was not pleased with this grade at all. 3rd grade- now we are getting better. 4th grade- things are starting too look up. I could go on...... Curriculum is above public. There is a emphasis on literature. In all honesty the teachers could work on their compassion skills especially the younger grades but since we are limited in schools in the area this is the best that we've got and unfortunately we will return.

  • (2 years ago)

    Powhatan has many wonderful qualities and some areas of opportunity. I do find that the curriculum is challenging and my child is learning a great deal. There is blatant favoritism and teachers would do well to treat all their students with respect and kindness. The school should be building the self-esteem of the children not tearing it down with belittling and ridicule.

  • (2 years ago)

    We are having a wonderful experience at Powhatan School. We are impressed that even at a young age the children are taught personal responsibility. We are very happy and would highly recommend this school to anyone who values the power of education.

  • (2 years ago)

    So far Powhatan has exceeded our expectations in every way. Although both my husband and I have public school backgrounds we chose Powhatan based on our interaction with the upper school students during an extensive tour. The students were articulate confident and amazingly at ease speaking to prospective parents. Now as a part of Powhatan I feel even more confident that we made the right choice. The intimate class size really allows for individualized instruction and the faculty really knows each student so well. This was very important to us. In addition to a very strong academic program the children have significant exposure to art music languages and sports to provide a well-rounded curriculum. The foundation that is being provided is well worth the financial investment.

  • (2 years ago)

    We are parents of children at Powhatan. All you have to do is spend time with the caring staff or enter a classroom and you will realize what you are getting for your tuition. My children have always "loved" every teacher they have had to date at Powhatan. They never want to miss a day from school. From Spanish to Art to Music to the Sports in addition to core curriculum your children will more than liklely thrive. The small class environment affords your child extra attention that helps a ton.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am surprised to see a couple negative reviews for this school. We have been here 2 yrs - switched from another school. My daughter's ERB scores have since improved and she has developed a love for reading. The literature-based program & upper school math are simply outstanding! She actually enjoys math and writing now two subjects that were difficult for her before coming to Powhatan. My son is also thriving at Powhatan. There are so many subjects and programs to rave about at the school. From the excellent teaching staff the NEAL (Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning) program exciting science projects well-rounded approach to sports & unique flexibility to encompass individual learning styles to the beautiful campus small class sizes interesting field trips class plays community projects and warm welcoming environment we couldn't be happier. And that doesn't even scratch the surface! We are definitely getting more than our money's worth. The new Head is also wonderful and will be a great asset to the school. As parents our only wish is that we could have gone to Powhatan ourselves! This review was unsolicited by the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Dedicated teachers that like to challenge the students. Open minded faculty that do more that just cover the curriculum.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school leaves alot to be desired. There are small classes but for some reason not all students are getting enough individual attention. My son did not do well in this environment as there appears to be lots of favoritism in the classrooms. I do not feel that I obtained anything even close to my expectations. Not worth the money and as others have reviewed there are better opportunities available in the area.

  • (4 years ago)

    This School has mixed reviews because it does not treat students equally. If you read the reviews it is apparent that the experiences are not equal. There is nothing special about this school in comparison to others in the local area. We feel it is not worth the money an as you can see that is common thread. Research carefully and take references here.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been so thrilled with my daughter's experience at Powhatan School in Boyce Va. The communication from the school to the parents is exceptional with school wide weekly e-newsletters and weekly classroom teacher updates. Their motto is 'We learn not for school but for life.' It is also through life experiences that that the students learn. For example in my daughter's class the school bee keeper brought honeycombs and a honey press to the classroom for the students to experience. Students also plant their own classroom gardens. These are examples of some of the ways the school utilizes its NEAL (Nature-Enhanced Approach to Learning) program. Powhatan teaches students about sustainable living through an active recycling and composting program as well as Geothermal heating in building construction. The school is educating students for the ever changing world and giving them tools to be a positive change agent for their community. Older students are paired up with younger students for reading time lunch gatherings and other events. Students volunteer in the community and raise money for national charities. Students are encouraged to excel to their highest level of personal achievement. Students move at their own rate through the curriculum. The small student teacher ratios allow teachers to work with each student's strengths and weaknesses. I feel that my daughter is an individual who is know and nurtured at Powhatan.

  • (5 years ago)

    Read the reviews. This school relies too heavily on parental involvement they are not producing for your finanical investment at all. For your child to succeed your involvement is huge - at that level you would be better to home school or save your money and use the public system. This school is not worth the money at all.

  • (5 years ago)

    School is OK if you do not have high expectation for kids. But we do not expect to send kids to this Private school and be happy with average return and as a result return in investment is average. Brace yourself for a lot of involvement kids education if your expectation is high.

  • (7 years ago)

    Outstanding private school wonderful academics and faculty.

  • (7 years ago)

    Powhatan is a fantastic school. Tucked away in Boyce it enjoys the surroundings of an Ivy League campus for grades K-8. From the Principle teachers and PPA and incredible parent involvement this school provides a home away from home for the students as well as for the parents. The student to teacher ratio is one of a kind. Powhatan's unique literature based academics and everyday math program provides for a good old fashion yet challenging academic program. There is focus on loving to learn rather than learning for the test. The camaraderie amongst the students is unparalleled through their buddy programs between upper and lower school. In a program with an approximate size of 250 students I can say the students are like a family supporting each other and helping each other in team effort in both play and work.

  • (8 years ago)

    We have been very pleased with the quality of teachers programs and parent involvement at Powhatan. This is a top notch school tucked away in the country on a beautiful campus. They have the keen ability to handle children from various backgrounds and with broad educational needs including the highly gifted. All in all Powhatan gets an A+.

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