Welcome to James River Day School

an independent K-8 school in Lynchburg, Virginia

We invite you to learn more about James River Day School and discover “what a school should be.

enrollment_videoJames River Day School:

  • Is a school filled with warmth and wonder, extraordinary teachers and a community of active parents
  • Offers small class sizes, averaging 14 students
  • Provides enriching, high-quality academics
  • Encourages creativity, curiosity and freedom through a flexible and differentiated curriculum
  • Integrates character and leadership development into every part of the day
  • Believes in hands-on learning opportunities—in the science lab, in the greenhouse, on the stage, in the pottery studio and on field trips
  • Introduces art, music, technology and world language in kindergarten
  • Makes time for play through recess, physical education and competitive athletics

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Our Mission

We cherish children and challenge them to become scholars, leaders and citizens
for the 21st century, in a community of academic excellence.



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Our children experience discovery, imagination, collaboration and accomplishment. These opportunities, combined with a caring and dedicated faculty, define a James River Day School education.

- Parent

At James River my son is taught how to think, not what to think.

- Parent

Learning at James River is child centered. I have the flexibility to follow the children’s interests and extend the learning – that is unique and special.

- JRDS Kindergarten Teacher

James River teachers are fabulous and inspire our child’s eagerness to learn.

- Parent

James River is an exciting, creative, innovative place to teach. I am doing what I love in an environment I love!

- JRDS 6th Grade Teacher