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.
 
Orchard House School believes that engaged and productive students create a better world.  Our school was designed and developed to imagine the future of our students as adult women, community leaders, global citizens, and valuable contributors to society.
 
We also believe that adolescence lays the foundation for a lifelong sense of self.  It is a time of rapid physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth when girls form their own identities and become individuals.  We view the variables of adolescence as positive catalysts for the future and promote the development of each girl's personal authority and consciousness so that she lives and contributes to the world with understanding, joy, hope, and courage.
 
We also are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where girls learn to use their personal and collective voices for the good of all.  The heart of our school's community is our wealth of individual differences. We believe that the many variables of diversity develop our capacity for understanding and in turn build and strengthen our humanity.  We cultivate respect both for one's self and for all others by creating a culture where respect, encouragement, and care guide interactions both inside and outside of the classroom. 
 
At Orchard House School we seek to build a community that is reflective of our increasingly diverse nation and global world.  We believe a school's vibrancy is deepened when there is a diverse collection of people, opinions, backgrounds, and beliefs within the school community.  Under the Statement of Diversity and Community adopted by the Board of Trustees, we seek to create an inclusive, equitable, and supportive environment for all its community members. 
 
 
 
Leadership
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
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,533,280.00
Projected Expenses $1,533,280.00
Statements
Mission
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 believes that engaged and productive students create a better world.  Our school was designed and developed to imagine the future of our students as adult women, community leaders, global citizens, and valuable contributors to society.
 
We also believe that adolescence lays the foundation for a lifelong sense of self.  It is a time of rapid physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth when girls form their own identities and become individuals.  We view the variables of adolescence as positive catalysts for the future and promote the development of each girl's personal authority and consciousness so that she lives and contributes to the world with understanding, joy, hope, and courage.
 
We also are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where girls learn to use their personal and collective voices for the good of all.  The heart of our school's community is our wealth of individual differences. We believe that the many variables of diversity develop our capacity for understanding and in turn build and strengthen our humanity.  We cultivate respect both for one's self and for all others by creating a culture where respect, encouragement, and care guide interactions both inside and outside of the classroom. 
 
At Orchard House School we seek to build a community that is reflective of our increasingly diverse nation and global world.  We believe a school's vibrancy is deepened when there is a diverse collection of people, opinions, backgrounds, and beliefs within the school community.  Under the Statement of Diversity and Community adopted by the Board of Trustees, we seek to create an inclusive, equitable, and supportive environment for all its community members. 
 
 
 
Impact

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.

 
Orchard House 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. The girls' physical well-being is developed through the physical education program and after-school athletic teams. 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 leadership program to be the heart of the curriculum; designed to ensure that girls have the skills and opportunities to develop competency and personal authenticity.  The goal is for each girl to develop a sense of leadership and commitment to the broader community. Components of the leadership program include: art, ethics and decision making, finance, health and well-being, cultural models of leadership, civics and citizenship, in-house community and social skills, personal styles and self-awareness, career awareness, public speaking and communication, women's history and service learning.
 
 
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.
Needs
  1. Scholarship funding
  2. Building enhancements
  3. Permanent gym and field space
  4. Faculty professional development
Background

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
Area
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Other
Goochland County
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Maria Howard
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Email mariahoward@verizon.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Kate Belleman Community Volunteer
Meredith Berger Virginia Diabetes and Endocrinology, PC
Sharon Brager Community Volunteer
Carole Conner Community Volunteer
George Cumming ReMax
Marsha Feldstein Community Volunteer
Laura Haskins Orchard House School
Maria Howard Community Volunteer
Maria Jankowski Community Volunteer
Amy Ladd Community Volunteer
Corinna Lain Community Volunteer
Saif Mehkari University of Richmond
Sally Meyers Community Volunteer
Julie Mullian Community Volunteer
Robert Nomberg Community Volunteer
Jessica Samet Community Volunteer
Michael Southam-Gerow Community Volunteer
Margaret Tinsley Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 14
Governance
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
Executive
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Building
Board Development / Board Orientation
Institutional Advancement
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Laura Haskins
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Jane Carlson Director of Advancement
Melody Imburg Director of Admissions
Elizabeth Lafoon Director of Facilities
Doug Welch Director of Operations
Plans
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
Programs
Description
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$164,006$101,385$131,428
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$1,474,653$1,467,558$1,348,749
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,845$1,428$883
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$21,960--$1,018
Other$4,271$1,463$10,049
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,314,447$1,356,230$1,263,950
Administration Expense$208,391$197,300$171,366
Fundraising Expense$88,256$55,130$101,908
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.980.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%84%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue54%54%78%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,976,762$2,270,455$2,346,409
Current Assets$306,567$622,720$586,753
Long-Term Liabilities$380,368$418,105$454,005
Current Liabilities$223,001$534,598$537,826
Total Net Assets$1,373,393$1,317,752$1,354,578
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.371.161.09
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets19%18%19%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves, P.C.
  • Financial information provided by audit