The Sabot Difference

As a young school, Sabot has had the luxury of designing experiences for all of our students that take into account children’s developmental needs, changing cognitive abilities, neurological and social/emotional development, and the rapidly changing demands and opportunities of the 21st century. This results in a progressive education that is cutting-edge, child-friendly, and effective. When our students transition to their next school, they go with expected academic content and skills, tools for the social dynamic of school (and life), self-knowledge, and confidence. Intrinsic motivation drives our students’ curiosity and effort at Sabot and beyond.

“What was clear to me is that, like the school, the students are just as comfortable with who and what they are about. Not only do they learn content and skills, but also they know why they learn, and how they learn…My sense is that students who attend a school like Sabot at Stony Point will acquire this critical element of self-evolving learning better than most.” Grant Lichtman, Author & Educator (Read full blogpost here)



Our Reggio-inspired preschool, one of the first in the United States, is now part of an early childhood program that offers full day care throughout the calendar year (excepting certain school holidays). For more than forty years, Sabot’s preschool has been sought after as a place where each child is respected as an individual by teachers with deep knowledge of child development and learning and where parents are connected to expertise and resources that support their journey of parenthood.

The experience of a young child at Sabot is designed to allow them to encounter all of the components that are foundational to learning. Children are born wired to learn. Sabot’s engaging environment and supportive adults provide:

  • A schedule that reflects the young child’s sense of time, that allows them to follow their own inspiration and become deeply engaged in their play and learning.
  • A rhythm to the weeks that allows a child to explore a question, a theory, an idea to its resolution: for a moment, a day, a month and so on.
  • The luxury of time in the outdoors in both designed and wild spaces.
  • The wisdom of adults who support the young child’s emerging understanding of themselves, their feelings, their interactions, and relationships.
  • A strong connection between school and home that creates a circle of support around each young learner.
  • A view of children as capable and resilient.



Lower School

Early years of Language Arts in the Lower School are devoted to developing and supporting literacy. In all grades, lessons are designed to cultivate a culture of reading and an understanding of writing as a process. The workshop approach encourages students to regard reading and writing as interrelated; they learn to use their reading to develop their writing skills, and their writing as an avenue for understanding and appreciating the books they read.

Our Lower School math curriculum is a research-based, best practice curriculum. Expectations for students at each grade level are defined by the standards set forth by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The curriculum emphasizes computational fluency, reasoning about mathematical ideas, and strategic mathematical thinking. Students gain experience with important areas of mathematics, including numbers and operations, geometry, measurement, data, and early algebra.

Students are given time, attention, resources, and teacher guidance to undertake extended collaborative projects of their own design. Teachers encourage students to define goals, identify needs, and solve problems.

In the Lower School, integration of the arts fuels thinking in all subject areas. The studio is a place for collaborative investigation and a laboratory for students to represent their thinking in various media, including music, drama, poetry, design, and tinkering. 4th and 5th grade students participate in Musical Theater or the Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion, in alternating years.


Middle School

Walk into our Middle School classrooms. You will not see heads bowed silently over textbooks, or students who listen passively as a teacher speaks. Instead, you will find small workshops in which students are active, engaged, and purposeful. You will find students designing, developing, and executing their own projects in Exploratory, our innovative independent study program. You will see students presenting original research to peers.

As much as possible, the work that middle school students do is connected to the real world; they address real problems, use real-world resources, and find multiple answers to their never-ending stream of real questions.

Learning in the Middle School is collaborative, investigative, and deeply intellectual. While content is essential – you can’t have genuine understanding without it – students also learn to develop the tools of inquiry and the habits of mind that will make them life-long learners and problem-solvers. Students are encouraged and expected to approach their work with passion, intelligence, and creativity; we believe in depth over breadth. Our goal is not simply to transmit material, but rather to teach students how to think and communicate like historians, writers, mathematicians, scientists, and artists.



Our Extended Day program is designed to provide a relaxed, cozy and nurturing atmosphere that helps children begin the transition from school to home. The program:

  • Offers activities that encourage children of different ages to work together and build relationships.
  • Includes time for children to play outdoors.
  • Offers art supplies, building materials, and games that allow children to continue experimenting and pursuing ideas initiated during the school day.
  • Allows time for older children to do homework and read.
  • Includes time for younger children to nap/rest.
  • Provides healthy snacks and encourages children to help prepare and cook their own snacks, often using seasonal and/or unusual vegetables and fruits.

The Extended Day program operates on a contract basis, with drop-in care offered on a space available basis.

Parents have the option of signing up for early arrival and/or after hours care, providing coverage from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, and on some school holidays. Pricing depends on the age of the child, number of days per week, and ending time chosen.

Click here to view the 2017-2018 programs and pricing.