North Branch School fosters respect,
non-violence, environmental responsibility,
and the involvement of students, teachers
and families in our community.
We value the uniqueness of each child.
Our curriculum promotes the desire to learn
and to develop abilities to the fullest.
We are dedicated to providing
a diverse environment that stimulates
curiosity, creativity, and cooperation.
Founded in 1983, North Branch is a private, not-for-profit school for children ages 3 – 14 (pre-school through 8th grade) in Afton, Virginia (Nelson County). We offer academic challenge in a nurturing environment, stretching our students without stressing them and/or their families. We emphasize hands-on learning and cooperation, while giving our students a solid foundation in academics, the arts, and life skills.
Our 11-acre campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains includes two classroom buildings with 15 classrooms, a large outdoor playground, a Nature Trail maintained by teachers and students, many gardens maintained by teachers and students, and fields and woods for students to enjoy.
NBS currently enrolls over 90 students and has a faculty/staff of 17. Students and teachers come from Augusta, Albemarle, and Nelson Counties, as well as the cities of Charlottesville, Waynesboro, and Staunton. The faculty has very low turnover, as approximately half of the teachers and staff have worked at NBS for ten years or more, and about another quarter have worked here 5 years or more. The most recent new teachers are also NBS alumni. Please see our “Faculty” page for more information about each teacher and staff member.
NBS is committed to keeping its tuition reasonable for all families. We offer tuition assistance in the form of tuition credit work, in which families help clean and maintain the school, organize fundraisers, and contribute in other ways that help keep our costs as low as possible. Please see our “Admissions” page for a full tuition schedule.
2012-2013 School Calendar
Aug. 30 & 31 Teacher Workdays
Sept. 4 (Wed) 1st day for Nursery, Early Primary, and all Primary classes (half day)
Sept. 5 (Thurs) 1st day for Juniors, Seniors, Middle School, as well as Primaries
Sept. 6 (Fri) Full Schedule for all
Sept. 12 (Wed) Parent -Toddler Group – Fall Session Begins (Weds through 11/14)
Sept. 18 (Tues) Back-to-School Night for Nursery and all Primary classes – 6 pm
Sept. 20 (Thurs) Half of Middle School goes to Nelson Food Pantry, 9 – 11 am; School Pictures
Sept. 26 (Wed) Back-to-School Night for Senior and Middle School Classes – 6 pm
Sept. 28 (Fri) Other half of Middle School goes to Food Pantry, 9 – 11 am
Senior Class Hawk Migration Field Trip
Oct. 4 (Thurs) Seniors view Writer’s Eye Exhibit at Fralin Art Museum
Oct. 5 (Fri) Middle Schoolers view Writer’s Eye exhibit at Fralin Art Museum
Oct. 8 (Mon) Staff Work Day–No School for students
Oct. 18 (Thurs) Half of Middle School goes to Nelson Food Pantry, 9 – 11 am
Oct. 19 (Fri) Grandparents’ Day
Oct. 26 (Fri) Other half of Middle School goes to Food Pantry, 9 – 11 am
Nov. 6 (Tues) Parent-Teacher conferences — No School for students
Nov. 19 (Mon) Nursery Thanksgiving celebration, 11:45 AM
Nov. 20 (Tues) Thanksgiving Supper celebration, 5:30 PM
Nov. 21-25 Fall Break
Dec. 21 (Fri) “St. George and the Dragon” performances 1 PM & 7 PM
Winter Break begins following 7 PM St. George performance
Jan. 3 (Thurs) School opens 8:30 AM
Jan. 17 (Thurs) Half of Middle School goes to Food Pantry, 9 – 11 am
Jan. 21 (Mon) Martin Luther King Day Observed at School (school in session)
Jan. 25 (Fri) Other half of Middle School goes to Food Pantry, 9 – 11 am
Feb. 18 (Mon) President’s Day/Staff Work Day (school closed)
Feb. 19 (Tues) 2nd snow make-up day (No school unless needed)
Feb. 20 (Wed) 1st snow make-up day (No school unless needed)
Feb date TBA Middle Schoolers attend Middle School Model United Nations at the
College of William and Mary
March 28 (Thurs) Middle School Spring Play, 7 pm (location TBA)
Apr. 1 – 7 Spring Break
April 26 (Fri) Earth Day Celebration at school
May 19 – 21 Middle Schoolers go to Smith Island, Chesapeake Bay
May 27 (Mon) Memorial Day (school closed)/ 3rd snow make-up day
June 4 (Tues) Last day of school/graduation
June 6 & 7 Staff Workdays
Everyone is honored at North Branch School!
North Branch School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, or income and actively seeks minority students. We value racial, economic, and cultural diversity as a source of richness and meaning in the life of the school.
221 Mickens Road Afton Virginia 22920
phone (540) 456-8450