Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.

Peabody School fire


Serving academically advanced students since 1994


Peabody School History

Our Story

The History of Peabody School

Peabody School Academics


A Differentiated Approach

Peabody School Student Life

Student Life

Going Beyond the Classroom

2020 Campaign

Peabody School is pleased to announce the Peabody 2020 Capital Campaign, along with plans to build a new, state-of-the-art academic building that will be an environmentally friendly asset to our Peabody community. Please take a moment to learn about this exciting initiative!


A unique educational opportunity


Academically Advanced

Mission Driven

Founded in 1994, Peabody School is a PreKindergarten – 8th grade independent school serving gifted and academically advanced students, located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Small Class Size


Provides a differentiated learning experience through small class size (12-16 students) and expertly trained teachers who balance teacher-directed and student-initiated focus on inquiry and discovery.



Embraces educating the whole child with a focus on social-emotional development, as well as extensive opportunities in fine and performing arts, service learning, athletics, electives, and extracurricular programming.



Accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), Peabody is also a member of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC).


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The Latest from Peabody School

Back to School Night

We are so happy to see all our students on campus again!  It's been wonderful to meet all our new students at Meet and Greet, and see our returning and new students during Orientation Days.  Please note that our virtual Back to School Night launches Monday, September...

Fall Operations Update

July 1, 2020:  We are excited to be planning for the 2020-21 academic year, and we are looking forward to welcoming our new and returning families back to Peabody in August. To summarize our re-opening plans at this time: Absent any new information over the summer, we...

Commitment to Social Justice

As we witness and process recent events and the protests around the world, we are all asking, “What can we do?” It has been an emotional time and we share in the many feelings you and your children are experiencing. At Peabody School, we have committed to not only...