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

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The History of Peabody School

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A Differentiated Approach

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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

Spring Alumni Spotlight!

Peabody is pleased to feature Liz Heilbronner, Class of 2005, as our 2021 Spring Alumni Spotlight!  Liz is the Summer Camp Director at Camp Horizons, a coed sleep-away summer camp in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  She started at Peabody in 1996 in Kindergarten, and after...


Thank you for once again voting for Peabody in the "Family Favorites Awards" in Charlottesville Family magazine this month!  We are so proud of all our teachers and staff, who work so hard to ensure we win every year! Best Private Middle School Best PreSchool Teacher,...

New ENIAC 6 Lab Dedicated

Peabody School is extremely grateful for the generosity of the Dengel family and their support of the 2020 Capital Campaign for the new north wing at Peabody.  Specifically, the Dengels have chosen to name the new technology lab in the north wing the ENIAC 6 Lab. We...