FAQs

Peabody School Student Population

  •  How many students attend Peabody School? Peabody School serves 200 students (101 girls, 99 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 22%.
  • 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? 79%
  • How experienced are the teachers at Peabody School? The faculty averages over 13 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: 13 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 Book Buddies Service Learning/Community Building
Kindergarten 4 classes/week 2 hours/week 2 hours/week(one semester) 2 classes/week 2 hours/week(one semester) 2 classes/week 1 class/week Classroom community building each day
First Grade 4 classes/week 2 hours/week 2 hours/week (one semester) 2 classes/week 2 hours/week (one semester) 2 classes/week 1 class/week Classroom community building each day
Second Grade 3 classes/week 2 hours/week 4 classes/week (one semester) 2 classes/week 2 hours/week (one semester) 2 classes/week   Classroom community building each day
Third Grade 3 classes/ week 2 hours/week 2 hours/week(one semester) 3 classes/week(Students in 3rd grade take both French and Spanish) 2 hours/week(one semester) 2 classes/week 1 class/week Classroom community building each day
Fourth Grade 3 classes/week 1 hour/week Two hours/week (one semester) 3 classes/week (Students in 4th- 8th grades choose to take either French or Spanish) Two hours/week (one semester) 2 classes/week  
Fifth Grade 3 classes/week 1 hour/week 2 hours/week 3 classes/week One hour/week 2 classes/week 1 class/week
Peabody Middle School **
Sixth grade 3 classes/week 1 class/week Strings or Band are offered 2 days/week 3 classes/week Offered as a middle school elective 1 class/week   Service learning 1 class/week Classroom community building each day
Seventh Grade 3 classes/week 1 class/week Strings or Band are offered 2 days/week 3 classes/week Offered as a middle school elective 1 class/week   Service learning 1 class/week Classroom community building each day
Eighth Grade 2 classes/week 1 class/week Strings or Band are offered 2 days/week 3 classes/week Offered as a middle school elective 1 class/week   Service learning 1 class/week Classroom community building each day

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

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

  • 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 or the WISC depending on your child’s age. These tests are designed to predict how well children perform in school. Alternate assessments may be accepted for student admission, please contact the Director of Admissions for more information.
  • What do the WPPSI and WISC measure? 
 The assessment 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 s/he 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 be able to answer every question.

 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 2014-2015 academic year, please click here.