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).


Peabody Admissions


The Latest from Peabody School

Admissions Tours

Peabody is now open for admissions tours for the 2022-23 academic year.  Parents can tour the school and have the opportunity to ask questions and visit classrooms. Tours are for adults only, will last approximately 45 minutes, and all guests must wear masks...

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 on their graduation and high school selections! Ronak Ailawadi, Undecided Jonathan Alimard, Charlottesville High School Ellena Amato, Charlottesville High School Nicholas Bednar, Charlottesville High School Alison Bird,...

Class of 2017 College Plans

We are so excited for our 2017 Peabody graduates on their college selections! Opeyemi Balogun (AHS/MESA): MIT (computer engineering) William Bradford (Renaissance School): University of Virginia Connor Cross (Middlesex School, MA): Davidson College Walker Davis (AHS):...