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Tuition and Fees

We strive to balance access, low ratios, excellent offerings and the recruitment and retention of absolutely phenomenal educators.

School Day Tuition Cost: Tuition for the 2024-2024 academic year is $700 per month for our 10-month school year. Pay tuition in full for a 5% reduction.

Application Fee: $100 (one time)

Enrollment Fee:

  • $500 (one time)

Financial Aid: Aligned with our mission of inclusivity, we provide limited financial aid.


If you have questions regarding scholarships and aid, please complete the My Magnolia Plan form here. If you would like to talk more, please reach out for us to explore financing options together.

 Our Program

Our founder, Dr. Natalie N. Summerville, taught for over 25 years and earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University and continued a passion for innovative education. At The Grand Magnolia School, we approach learning in new ways rooted in established approaches. We are inspired by Reggio Emilia, Angela Duckworth, Carol Dweck, Maria Montessori. We incorporate ample time in nature, play, creativity, and experiential techniques in a way that works well for children who thrive in an environment that feels like home with plenty of individualized attention.

Our cohort-based model helps our students grow and learn together. Excursions and outdoor adventures keep children active and engaged as they formulate rich schemas for new and old topics and engage actively with the world and their local Richmond community.

We have found that children learn by seeing and doing. In addition to the work we do together in the learning home, we get out every single day to bring learning to life in vivid color. One day we might collect leaves to illustrate the process of decomposition and its role in environmental sustainability and the next we may create seasonal art inspired by what we discover at Maymont. We treat every day as an adventure.

Grand Magnolia strives to educate each child as a whole being, because we know each child is capable of incredible.


Frequently Asked Questions

How many children do you enroll?

Our school consists of no more than 10 children in two amazing cohorts.

For 2024-2025: We are accepting applications for children 5 to 10 years old seeking to enroll rising Kindergarten through fifth grade students for our upcoming academic year. Please contact us or apply here.

What is your daily schedule?

Our school day schedule runs from 2.30p - 6.00p Monday through Friday. 


Our program includes transportation from local schools within a 15-minute radius of The Grand Magnolia School.

Scroll down to see a full sample schedule. 

What is the Grand Magnolia school calendar?

Grand Magnolia operates on a 10-month schedule from August 2023 - June 2024. Parents enroll and commit to the full academic year.  We also offer summer camp enrichment programming.

How do I inquire regarding openings or to join the waiting list?

Feel free to schedule a call or tour, e-mail us at or submit the contact form on this website.

What are the tuition and fees for Grand Magnolia?

Our school program's tuition is $650 per month. Pay the 10-month tuition in full for a 5% reduction. We also have a one time application fee ($100) and an enrollment and establishment fee ($500).

If you have questions regarding affordability, financial aid, and/or scholarships, please reach out for us to explore options for financial aid and scholarships together. Click here to help us create your customized My Magnolia Plan.

What is a cohort model?

Our enrolled students progress together rather than moving classes.

For example, our kindergarten/first grade cohort from the 2023-24 will graduate together and move on to become our second/third grade cohort.

Of course, we know family plans and needs change and we respond flexibly if a cohort's enrollment shifts.

Are you a Montessori/Reggio/Quaker/Waldorf school?


No. We like to think of Montessori, Reggio, Quaker, and Waldorf approaches to education as close cousins of our own.

We share similar  philosophies on child development regarding the empowerment of students as active agents in their own learning in a way that prioritizes creativity and free thinking. We find that families and children who gravitate to these approaches also resonate with our style as well.

What if I still have questions I would love to discuss?

Email (, call (804.214.6705), submit our contact form, schedule a call online,

send an owl - whatever floats your boat! We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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