Seven Hills School
1311 Overbrook Road
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement

Seven Hills School cultivates a keen intellect and emotional strength in middle-school boys. We emphasize hands-on learning, critical thinking, and guided exploration.

By design, we are different.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Dagan Rowe
Board Chair Mr. George Bishop
Board Chair Company Affiliation VA DMV
Contact Information
Address 1311 Overbrook Road
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 329-6300
Fax 804 329-2408
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $1,110,893.00
Projected Expenses $1,095,248.00

Seven Hills School cultivates a keen intellect and emotional strength in middle-school boys. We emphasize hands-on learning, critical thinking, and guided exploration.

By design, we are different.



Seven Hills is a model school on the leading edge of a national movement to change the conventional approach to teaching boys. The traditional approach often legislates against the very aspects of a boy’s development that Seven Hills embraces as pivotal to successful instruction. The Seven Hills faculty teaches with the boy in mind and actively explores enhanced learning for boys in these middle school years. 

Seven Hills is committed to a small class size with a maximum of 14 students per class. In recent years, the school’s enrollment has been about 70-80 boys. The small size of the school fosters a tight-knit community in which each boy benefits from the attention of the entire faculty. We’ve implemented a growth plan to serve just under 100 students while maintaining small class sizes.  
Our faculty and staff are selected based on this special characteristic. They understand – so are not surprised by – how boys think, reason, interact, learn, solve problems, behave, and form relationships. The respect between teacher and student, and among the students, is truly inspiring. Respect for others and one’s self are constantly and consistently modeled for the boys at this school. Because of the small class sizes, teachers are able to interact with each boy in a meaningful way on a consistent basis. These relationships are integral to learning.
The Bridge year serves as a transition period for certain students who have completed fourth or fifth grade in which they can adjust to both the rigors of middle school and to the culture of Seven Hills.

The faculty and administration at Seven Hills work closely with our eighth graders and their families to advise and support them during the high school application and interview process. 

Gifts to our Annual Fund. Gifts for scholarship, equipment, technology, facilities improvement -- our school occupies historic buildings in Richmond's Northside -- and endowment.  Financial and in-kind donations are very welcome!

In 2001, a small group of parents came together with a shared vision of creating a school that celebrates and cultivates the energy young adolescent boys bring to a learning environment – and Seven Hills was born.

As our founders envisioned, Seven Hills has become a community built around boys. Instruction here is guided by the most respected research in the field, with the objective of inspiring the hearts and minds of boys in their middle years. Boys have different academic and social needs than girls at this age. By acknowledging this reality, Seven Hills developed a relevant learning experience tailored to the unique characteristics of middle school-age boys. Our curriculum and methodologies foster creative and critical thinking through problem solving, collaborative projects, outdoor learning, and hands-on experimentation. 

Researchers have consistently and conclusively demonstrated that boys develop critical thinking and collaborative learning skills most effectively in learning environments that include opportunities for movement and full sensory instruction. Boys also need a safe, supportive environment in which to explore their emerging identities. 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Seven Hills serve the Greater Richmond and Petersburg metro areas.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. George Bishop
Company Affiliation VA DMV
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Dr. Eliot Bird Atlee Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Mr. George Bishop VA DMV
Ms. Nancy Davies Retired
Mr. Patrick Getlein The Commonwealth Institute
Mr. Peter Habenicht OutWrite Strategic Communications LLC
Ms. Christie Hartwell CH Strategy Consulting
Ms. Vivian Hiedemann VCU
Mr. Isaac Janak Commonwealth of Virginia
Dr. Robert Lancey Bon Secours Medical Group
Ms. Anne Bentley McCray Community Volunteer
Mr. George McVey Retired
Mr. Fred Mitchell The Brink's Company
Mr. Bill Pilc Community Volunteer
Mr. Ned Rider Scott Insurance
Mr. Scott Rohr Great American Insurance
Mr. Ted Rowley Blake Global
Ms. Jeri Turley BCG Companies
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Academic Affairs
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Student Affairs
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Dagan Rowe
Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 5
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2013
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
River HeroesJames River Association2012
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,110,893.00
Projected Expenses $1,095,248.00
Endowment Value $37,100.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$829,782$781,153$751,294
Administration Expense$347,172$350,042$305,005
Fundraising Expense$11,546$8,103$5,940
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.010.981.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%69%71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue33%9%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,654,496$3,742,271$3,666,779
Current Assets$751,835$770,616$630,943
Long-Term Liabilities$1,137,723$1,166,281$1,193,515
Current Liabilities$695,892$744,965$619,406
Total Net Assets$1,820,881$1,831,025$1,853,858
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.081.031.02
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets31%31%33%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audit
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Yount, Hyde & Barbour, PC