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Grymes Memorial School

Po Box 1160, Orange, VA 22960
(540) 672-1010

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 159 students 6 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

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About this school

Grymes Memorial School is a private middle school in Orange. The principal of Grymes Memorial School is Elisabeth P. Work, whose e-mail is 159 students go to Grymes Memorial School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Grymes Memorial School is 6:1. Prospect Heights Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 91% %
Black, non-Hispanic 6% %
Hispanic 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    One of the most memorable days of my life was taking my four year old daughter to Grymes Memorial School for her interview. As we were walking up to the front door I just knew this was the school for Chloe. She was holding my hand and stopped to bend over and pick a flower. I left her with Ms. Berry and was told to come back in an hour. I was a wreck. Chloe was accepted and sending her to Grymes was one the best decisions that I have ever made. Grymes represents a family of students teachers and parents that want only the best for their children.

  • (7 months ago)

    My daughter loved attending Grymes. The staff promotes learning in a stress-free environment. My daughter began Grymes as a Jr K student and graduated as a GMS Lifer in June 2014. GMS students are involved in community services sports activities and have opportunities to take educational trips to other countries. Teachers and staff have a wealth of knowledge that they pass on to students. I wholeheartedly recommend Grymes to any parent who want a GREAT school for their child.

  • (7 months ago)

    Our family has a combined fifteen years of experience with Grymes Memorial School. Grymes served our children well in preschool through second grade but failed after that point. The curriculum and instruction become progressively weaker as kids progress to the upper grades. Spanish language instruction is touted but the program is limited and children often leave Grymes without any conversational knowledge of Spanish after ten years of exposure. Science instruction is uninspired the math curriculum caters to the slowest students and the music program is unimaginative. We cannot understand why so many reviewers cite the supposed small class size low student-teacher ratio at the school. Grymes unstated policy is to accept as many qualified students as possible so as to generate more revenue. This means some classes have as few as 8 kids while others swell to 24 students. It's the luck of the draw which size class your child experiences. Lastly questionable hiring practices and a complete inability of the administration to enforce its own disciplinary rules among the student body left our family no choice but to withdraw our children from Grymes.

  • (11 months ago)

    I have been at this school my entire life. I started in Junior Kindergarten and now I am currently in 7th grade. Next year is my last year. You should know that the students and faculty have made me a great Student Athlete. This year I was the Goalie for the Boy's Lacrosse Team and did an outstanding job. I like how my friends have cheered me up and the newly added building The Gardner Hall. Grymes Memorial School is probably one of the best schools you can choose in Central Virginia.

  • (1 year ago)

    Grymes Memorial School is an excellent school and a great educational asset to our area!! From the Head Of School to the dedicated and involved parents teachers and staff... Grymes is a like a home away from home filled with love peace and positive energy!! This is definitely the type of nurturing environment and community you would like your kids to learn and grow up in!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Nice small school that offers a decent education in a very home-like safe environment. The quality of teachers is uneven. Some are truly excellent others just mediocre. It seems like they haven't been able to keep some of the great teachers for a long tirme. Despite tremendous parental support and involvement I haven't been impressed with the final "product" Most of these students would have done equally well in public schools. I think Grymes could do a better job in the use of web technology and more individualized teaching methods. Children carry heavy volume of books on the daily basis. Why aren't they using Web more or have books on-line? Some staff vehicles are covered with political stickers. Maybe it would be prudent to keep their political views private? Overall it is a nice little school that hasn't lived up to its full potential.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is in K at Grymes. She attended JK last year. An amazing school where education truly comes first. The teachers and staff are first class and very caring. After a few days my daughter felt right at home. I love dropping her at school every morning and seeing the huge smile on her face. The convenience of picking her up 5 minutes from where I work is a huge plust. My husband likes the quaintness of the school and how it reminds him of the school he attended as a child. We highly recommend Grymes to families who are looking for the best education for their child in a "family" environment.

  • (3 years ago)

    Serving Albemarle Culpeper Fredericksburg Spotsylvania Greene Louisa Madison - How? Bus transportation included in tuition for all of these areas which surround Orange County! Truly amazing school community.

  • (3 years ago)

    Grymes is a place where childhood is celebrated and a love of learning is fostered for each child. The teachers are exceptional. The curriculum is excellent. It is a warm and welcoming place. I recommend Grymes Memorial School without hesitation.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'll be the first to say I am a picky parent. We have tried out many of our local schools private and public and have never been as happy as we are with Grymes. The staff is enthusiastic and cheerful. I've never seen people so happy in a work environment! ) Grymes is very challenging academically. This took a while for my daughter to adjust to. The staff was so helpful and patient tutoring her and following up with me at home. The children are allowed a great amount of creative freedom. They have many breaks throughout the day which is good for children who like to be active. They also offer art a few times a week as well as Spanish for all grades. I would highly recommend visiting the school for a day. My only regret is not starting my daughter at Grymes earlier.

  • (6 years ago)

    We have entered our third year at Grymes Memorial School. Our children are happy and when you enter the halls of Grymes you see that the other children are as well. My children have been well prepared for each grade they have entered. They are encouraged to work hard and do their best. They are challenged. The mix of arts and traditional academics is just right and will prepare them for 9th grade and beyond. The discipline manners and social skills that is emphasized at Grymes is evident. Grymes is a safe and nuturing place. There is no perfect school. Grymes continues to grow with its students and faculty. It is an environment open to it's families. We are comfortable to come and go and voice our opinions. They are on the right track and we are proud to be a part of it.

  • (7 years ago)

    We researched several schools before choosing Grymes. Grymes is so wonderful. It is the only school I visited that combined strong academics with strong nuturing. They work so hard to help each individual achieve their personal best. The children are well educated confident and well spoken.

  • (7 years ago)

    Grymes Memorial School offers an outstanding educational experience. The teachers are willing to work with parents on their child's overall education. Our daughter is entering 5th grade and she's been at GMS since Pre-K.

  • (7 years ago)

    Disgusting...students there do not strive to gain a good learning experience and my daughter agrees!

  • (8 years ago)

    I am impressed with the way GMS teaches children to think. The teachers continue to draw each child out its amazing to see the growth at the end of each year. The school has a very warm friendly atmosphere everyone cares for each other. I am pleased to have my children there.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am the guardian/grandmother of a student at Grymes Memorial School. Grymes Memorial School's staff provides an excellent learning environment. I love the small classes and the teacher/student ratio per class. Grymes Memorial School is the best school for my grandchild to achieve success.

  • (9 years ago)

    Grymes is a school you have to put on your list to visit. We chose Grymes because the school hires extraordinary teachers and gives them the freedom to teach. When you peek into the class rooms the kids are totally engaged. Because the school has a 5 1 student teacher ratio there is no need to reduce a child down to a statistic test score or grade. Kids don t simply get pushed through the system. Because the school only has around 170 students (pre-K through 8th) they aren t focused on crowd control; instead the kids are treated like thinking beings. As a result they are self-confident and respectful. The school is not pretentious is diverse and is focused on providing kids with an exceptional educational experience in a safe and loving environment. Our son is thriving. He comes home enthusiastic and proud of his accomplishments and looks forward to the next school day.

  • (10 years ago)

    We researched several private schools before we decided on Grymes Memorial. There are some good schools in our area private and public but our son needed a school that will really challenge him without frustrating him and we found that at Grymes. As a parent I do a lot of volunteering at Grymes one of several that do and I know that each student is given special attention no matter what level of learning they are at and they all are doing great. We have a fabulous head master that runs the school he listens to suggestions but has no problem saying no as well as a great board of directors. Our teachers are superior stop in and read their bios and the subjects taught are equal to and/or above other schools. I know because I have three children that graduated from other schools before moving here. It`s fun too !

  • (10 years ago)

    The good small classes opportunities for students to become involved nice group of kids; the bad an emphasis on arts at the expense of math and science; a very crowded schedule with few electives; excessive homework which is busy work; lots of workbooks to be filled in even during the summer; the ugly school has a lot of parents overly involved and who have undue influence.

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