Pre-K @ Powhatan Powhatan School

We learn not for school, but for life.

Here at Powhatan School we believe education should inspire passion, curiosity, and creativity.

We believe learning should be active, authentic, immersive, and purposeful. We do this through interdisciplinary thinking, technical acuity, collaboration, and inquiry-based learning.

Most importantly we get children excited about learning!

Play Lab:

Research tells us that four and five year olds’ learn through play.

Play Lab consists of several areas of learning. The dramatic play area can be whatever the children want it to be, the art center is supplied with many different materials for creation of anything imaginable, the block area has different sized blocks with various figures to use with any structure you would like to build, and the porch area is always changing and evolving with a water and sand table, easel, and many tools and materials to develop small and large motor skills as well as language acquisition.

The Play Lab represents interdisciplinary, authentic, and self-directed learning for children at this age. Learn more by listening to the podcast from our school blog by clicking the button below!

6:1 Student to Teacher Ratio:

With two classroom teachers in the Pre-K cottage, we have a nurturing 6:1 student to faculty ratio. Small classes allow for more individualization and


Our two outstanding teachers bring a combined 33 years of early childhood teaching experience to Powhatan School.

Professional Development:

We invest heavily in our faculty. In order to continue to challenge and engage our students we believe that professional development is an important part of our school culture. By equipping teachers with the tools and 21st Century Skills to continue to innovate projects and units in our curriculum, we help enable our students to succeed in all facets of a Powhatan education. Each year we make time for teachers to attend workshops and activities for teachers to get hands-on experience with best practices in various facets of education. We believe fully that we need to invest in our teacher’s development so that we can invest in our students.

Sample Daily Schedule

8:30 am - 9 am / Morning Meeting

9 am - Noon / Recess / Play Lab / Language Arts / Snack / Specials

Noon - 12:30 pm / Lunch

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm / Spanish Class / Read Aloud

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm / Nap

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm / Math

2:45 pm - 3:25 pm / Closing Meeting / Pack-Up / Recess

The 5 C's of 21st Century Learning:

We learn not for school, but for life.

The essential components of an excellent education today embody much more than the traditional three R’s. Past President of NAIS, Pat Bassett, identifies Five C’s – critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and character, as the skills that will be in demand and will be rewarded in this century. “I am a huge fan of his Five C’s and see them constantly across campus," says Mrs. Scarborough, Head of School. "The foundation for all of these skills can be found right here in Pre-Kindergarten."

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Character

Click on the link below to learn more about what the 5 C's look like in our classrooms:


Our School (PK-8): Powhatan School serves students from Pre-K through eighth grade. Powhatan is fully accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and holds memberships with the Elementary School Center, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Virginia Math League, the Educational Records Bureau, and the National Science Teachers Association.

Pre-K Basics: Powhatan School opened the first class of Pre-K in the fall of 2013. The Pre-K program is a certified preschool by the state of Virginia. The class is taught by one lead teacher and one assistant teacher, which meets the school requirement of a student/teacher ratio of 9:1. Maximum enrollment for the Pre-Kindergarten program is 12 students. Students must turn 4 years old before the first day of school.

Logistics: Our Pre-Kindergarten program is an important part of our community. Students participate in Powhatan traditions, buddy program, performances, special events and school schedule as is appropriate. It is a full day program (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:25 p.m.) with many opportunities for rest, downtime and indoor/outdoor play. Children bring their lunch each day and should wear comfortable play clothes. Daily snack is provided.

Admissions: Families interested in the Pre-Kindergarten program should contact Mr. Hatfield in the Office of Admissions to set up a personal tour. Student Assessment Days will be held in early February. A parent must complete the application for admission in order to set up an Assessment Day. Admission to Powhatan is selective and we have had wait list situations in Pre-K for four of the past five years. Priority in admission is given to qualified sibling/legacy students in the process. Please feel free to contact us at 540.837.1009 or email Mr. Hatfield directly at mikehatfield@powhatanschool.org for more information.

Cost: Tuition for the 2018-19 academic year is $9,500 for Pre-K. Financial Aid begins in Kindergarten. Click below to view all tuition and fees:

Bus Transportation: To assist families with transportation needs, we offer bus routes across the region.

Location: Powhatan draws students from seven different counties and three states. We are centrally located in Boyce, Va.

Non-Discriminatory Statement: Powhatan School recognizes and appreciates the uniqueness and value of each person. Powhatan, therefore, does not discriminate, in admissions or hiring, on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in its hiring practices and in the administration of its policies.

Schedule Your Campus Visit!

There is no better way for you to get a sense of what Powhatan offers than to walk the campus grounds, visit our classrooms and meet our faculty. We try to make this easy for parents, so we offer personal tours almost daily at 9:45 a.m. Schedule your personal campus tour today!

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