Founded in 1998, Orchard House School is designed to meet the academic, social and developmental needs of middle school girls in the Richmond area. Currently, students come from over 20 different schools and 25 zip codes. Graduates of Orchard House are recognized consistently by their high schools for academic excellence, athletic achievements, artistic talent and leadership ability.
In 1996, four Richmond parents, inspired by the symposium, Empowering Girls: Strategies for Parents and Teachers led by educator Nancy Davies, developed the idea of creating a different middle school experience for their daughters. Affectionately known as "The Founding Mothers," these women dreamed of a small, all girls' middle school with a nurturing environment and a diverse student body. They contacted Ms. Davies about their idea for a new school. In January 1998, Ms. Davies agreed to be the Founding Head of a new school.
On September 5, 1998, twelve sixth graders and five seventh graders started classes under the guidance of two full-time and seven part-time teachers, including Ms. Davies. Orchard House rented the Ginter Park Recreational Association, which served as its home for six years. By 1999, Orchard House had grown to 47 girls and in 2000, had its first graduating class of eight girls.
Orchard House successfully purchased 500 North Allen Avenue, an exceptional historic building. On September 7, 2004, Orchard House opened the doors of its permanent home.
Our urban location affords the girls many opportunities to become involved with the city, such as visiting museums and libraries, participating in clean-up projects and working with younger children and the elderly in neighboring schools and agencies.
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