FAQs

Peabody School Student Population

  •  How many students attend Peabody School? Peabody School serves 180 students, 89 girls and 91 boys, from Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
  • How diverse is the student population? 12 nationalities are represented at Peabody. There is a minority student population of 21%.
  • Where do Peabody students live? While the majority of our students are from the Charlottesville/Albemarle area, students come from as far away as Staunton, Lexington and Gordonsville to learn here.

Peabody School Faculty

  • What percentage of Peabody School teachers hold advanced degrees? 77%
  • How experienced are the teachers at Peabody School? The faculty averages over 12 years of teaching experience.

Peabody School Learning Environment

  • How small are the classes at Peabody School? 

The maximum class sizes are:

Pre-k (two teachers in the classroom): 14 students
Kindergarten: 12 students
Lower School (Grades 1-5): 16 students
Upper School (Grades 6-8): 17 students
With a low student teacher ratio, Peabody is able to individualize instruction within the classroom.

  •  What High School course credits are offered at Peabody?

Algebra I

Algebra II

Geometry

Biology

French I

French II

Spanish I

Spanish II

  • What classes are available in addition to the traditional core classes?

 

PhysicalEducation Art Music World Languages(French and Spanish) Drama Technology Service Learning/Community Building
Pre-kindergarten *
Kindergarten-2nd grade 4 classes/week 2 classes/week 2 classes/week 2 classes/week(Students in K-2 take both French and Spanish) 1 class/week 2 classes/week 1 class/week
3rdgrade-5th grade 4 classes/ week 2 classes/week 2 classes/week 3 classes/week(Students in 3rd grade take both French and Spanish, 4th and 5th grade students specialize) 1 class/week 2 classes/week 1 class/week
6thgrade-8th grade** 3 classes/week 1 class/week Band I or Band II are offered 2 days/week 3 classes/week Offered as a Middle School elective 1 class/week 1 class/week

*Pre-kindergarten students receive instruction in art, music, drama, technology and physical education both in the classroom and outside the classroom taught by specials teachers as well as classroom teachers throughout the day.

**Middle School students have a choice of additional electives once each week.

Testing
  • What tests are required for admission to Peabody School? 
 When applying to the Peabody School, you will required to submit test results. Most commonly the WPPSI, the WISC, or the Stanford-Binet are used. Each of these tests is designed to predict how well children do in school.
  • What do the tests measure? 
 The test your child will be taking is a standard test that is given to children older, younger, and the same age as your child all
 over the country. The test is designed to assess your child’s problem solving skills as well as his or her intellectual strengths 
and weaknesses. Past learning will influence some parts of the test, so these parts may be influenced by the academic exposure
 your child has had.
  • What will the results tell us? 
 The results of this test will help show how your child compares with others of his or her age in problem solving skills, verbal
 abilities, critical thinking, abstract reasoning, and preparation for school. What these tests do best is predict academic
 achievement, but they are not 100% accurate in this because motivation, study skills, academic opportunities, and self-discipline
 also play important parts in academic achievement.
  • What should I tell my child about the testing? 
 Most children really enjoy the testing. We encourage you to tell your child that he or she will be asked some questions and 
given some activities to see what they know and what they have been taught. Some will be questions that they answer with words; 
 and others will be things like puzzles. We discourage parents from saying it is an IQ or intelligence test because that makes
 children nervous and is not exactly accurate (because the assessments are influenced by education, they are not purely intelligence
 tests). We encourage you to tell your child that the results of the assessment will be used to help show more about what he or she
 has learned over the past couple of years. We also suggest that you tell your child that the tests are often given to children much
 younger and much older than they, so there will be some questions that seem very easy and some that are very difficult. It is
 important for your child to know that he or she is not expected to know all of it and that it is okay to not know some.

 Accreditation

  • Which associations is Peabody School accredited through?

Peabody is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).   Peabody is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and Phi Delta Kappa.

 Tuition and Fee Schedule

For information regarding Peabody School’s tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 academic year, please click here.