Orchard House School
500 N Allen Avenue
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement
Orchard House educates and inspires middle school girls in a responsive, academically engaging community that fosters each girl's intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, emotional integrity, and physical well being.
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CEO/Executive Director Ms. Laura Haskins
Board Chair Ms. Maria Howard
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address 500 N Allen Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 228-2436
Fax 804 228-1069
E-mail admin@orchardhouse.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $1,533,280.00
Projected Expenses $1,533,280.00
Orchard House educates and inspires middle school girls in a responsive, academically engaging community that fosters each girl's intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, emotional integrity, and physical well being.


Orchard House School is designed to meet the academic, social and developmental needs of middle school girls in the Richmond area and has been recognized by national leaders in girls' education for its rigorous interdisciplinary program of academics including its program in literary and visual arts and its hands-on approach to math, science and technology. Orchard House has a comprehensive arts program composed of drama, visual arts, dance and music. All of these programs are enhanced by an inclusive community that consistently reinforces positive social skills. Every aspect of the school is focused on the developmental and academic needs of girls.

Orchard House considers its CORE program to be the heart of Orchard House. It is integrated into the academic and social experiences of each girl throughout her four years at our school. Orchard House School prepares girls to be engaged in the communities in which they learn, live and love. CORE – connections, openness, resilience and engagement – focuses on each girl exploring her own interests, talents and personality, in order to understand herself and to develop a positive self-image. OHS provides opportunities to value and respect, to learn from others, and to forge lasting connections. Our vision for each Orchard House School graduate is a girl who has the tools and confidence to:

  • Make connections through interactions with others and by connecting her own thoughts and ideas

  • Be open to new ideas, experiences and people

  • Remain resilient and courageous when confronted with challenges and adversity

  • Be engaged as a citizen of the world

Orchard House is committed to maintaining a diverse community through both its people and programs. The curriculum is designed to foster respect, strengthen personal excellence, build confidence and develop well-rounded girls who are engaged and active learners who understand their potential to contribute to the world.

  1. Scholarship funding
  2. Building enhancements
  3. Permanent gym and field space
  4. Faculty professional development

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.

The new school needed a name. One parent, remembering Little Women, made the suggestion of "Orchard House," the long-standing home of the famous literary family, the Alcotts of Concord, Massachusetts.  Similarly to the book, Orchard House celebrates the differences and tremendous affection among sisters growing up.

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.

Since opening its doors to 17 students eight years ago, Orchard House has been nurturing the hearts and minds of middle school girls and developing within them the strength and confidence to lead extraordinary lives. Our girls are ready for the future – and so are we.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Richmond, City
Metro Richmond
Chesterfield County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Goochland County
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Maria Howard
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Email mariahoward@verizon.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
Michelle Bair Community Volunteer
Kate Belleman Community Volunteer
Meredith Berger Community Volunteer
Sharon Brager Community Volunteer
George Cumming Community Volunteer
Marsha Feldstein Community Volunteer
Laura Haskins Head of School�
Maria Howard Community Volunteer
Maria Jankowski Community Volunteer
Amy Ladd Community Volunteer
Corinna Lain Community Volunteer
Saif Mehkari Community Volunteer
Sally Meyers Community Volunteer
Sharon Moon Community Volunteer
Julie Mullian Community Volunteer
Robert Nomberg Community Volunteer
Jessica Samet Community Volunteer
Michael Southam-Gerow Community Volunteer
Maggi Tinsley Community Volunteer
Ron Wolfe Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 14
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Development / Board Orientation
Institutional Advancement
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Laura Haskins
Senior Staff
Jane Carlson Director of Advancement
Melody Imburg Director of Admissions
Elizabeth Lafoon Director of Facilities
Doug Welch Director of Operations
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,533,280.00
Projected Expenses $1,533,280.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$96,512$164,006$101,385
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,933$1,845$1,428
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind--$21,960--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,248,528$1,314,447$1,356,230
Administration Expense$204,875$208,391$197,300
Fundraising Expense$36,845$88,256$55,130
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.030.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%82%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue36%54%54%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,128,223$1,976,762$2,270,455
Current Assets$664,023$306,567$622,720
Long-Term Liabilities$345,658$380,368$418,105
Current Liabilities$377,066$223,001$534,598
Total Net Assets$1,405,499$1,373,393$1,317,752
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.761.371.16
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets16%19%18%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves, P.C.
  • Financial information provided by audit