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COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

As per Governor Northam’s orders, unless we are given different instructions, campus will remain closed to students for the remainder of this school year.
We are utilizing a distance learning program that allows us to continue to engage and educate of our students and to protect the health and well-being of the Seven Hills and greater Richmond communities.

Remember to contact us with any questions you may have. This is new territory for all of us, so your feedback is crucial to continuing the success of this program. We will continue to communicate with you as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Below are links to our previous messages:

Distance Learning Schedule
Friday, March 20: Distance Learning Extended
Sunday, March 15: Tips for Distance Learning
Friday, March 13: Distance Learning Starts Monday, March 16
Thursday, March 12: School Closed Tomorrow, March 13
Thursday, March 12: From the Head of School | COVID-19 Response

Understanding 6th Grade Boys

Understanding 6th Grade Boys

During sixth grade, students begin to push boundaries more readily. They demonstrate a lack of impulse control, often fidgeting, talking out of turn, or play with anything at hand. Their divided attention often leads to forgetfulness and disorganization.

The approval of their peers gains new importance at this time, and students will begin making behavioral decisions with their place in the social hierarchy in mind. The resulting groupings or cliques are very fluid at this point, with students often testing out new identities and making new friends.

Students in the sixth grade are often very competitive, and will weave competition into academics and typically non-competitive activities. They also value goofy, silly humor and will infuse activities with silliness whenever possible. Academically, sixth graders begin to develop more keen, personal interest in content, and will start to do work that goes above and beyond expectations.


Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys

Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys

An Evening with Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D.


Wednesday, March 4

7 – 9 PM at Seven Hills School


“Emotional courage is courage.”

Seven Hills School invites you to join parents and teachers for an evening with New York Times bestselling author and renowned child psychologist Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. for a discussion on the emotional lives of adolescent boys.

In early adolescence boys are subjected to a powerful “culture of cruelty” which may require boys to adhere to a narrow ideology of masculinity, avoidance of feeling, avoidance of anything feminine, fear of personal weakness. The result may be a boy who is or appears closed and often angry. In this talk, Dr. Thompson will give suggestions to teachers and parents about how to support a boy in the early years of school and how to help a boy remain emotionally open in adolescence.



Visit Campus in February

Admission Parent Preview 

On Friday, February 7, parents will be able to witness the cornerstone to our experiential learning curriculum. Each Friday we are on campus, the boys have Team Teaching in the morning and Exploratories in the afternoon. The APP@7HS program on Friday, February 7 will begin at 8:45 am with a welcome from the Director of Admissions and the Head of School and conclude around 10:45 am.

Click here to RSVP.

The Bumpy Road Ahead

The Bumpy Road Ahead

Understanding the Developmental Needs of Middle School Kids


Thursday, January 16

Noon – 1 PM


Join middle school education experts for a lunchtime discussion on the unique developmental needs of middle school girls and boys.


Presented by:

Laura Haskins

Head of School, Orchard House School

Dagan Rowe

Head of School, Seven Hills School



Questions? Contact Drew Lineberger at or 804-329-6300 x224



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Visit Campus in November

Admission Parent Preview 

On Friday, November 1, parents will be able to witness the cornerstone to our experiential learning curriculum. Each Friday we are on campus, the boys have Team Teaching in the morning and Exploratories in the afternoon. The APP@7HS program on Friday, November 1 will begin at 8:45 am with a welcome from the Director of Admissions and the Head of School and conclude around 10:45 am.

Click here to register to attend.


Open House

On Sunday, November 10, parents and students will be able to visit Seven Hills to meet some current parents, students, and faculty, to learn more about our program for middle school boys, and to tour the campus. It is a great introduction for the families to what makes Seven Hills the middle school for boys. Our Open House on Sunday, November 10 will begin at 2:00 pm and end around 4:00 pm.

Click here to register to attend.

Why Camp Week

Why Camp Week?

Often when the school year begins, the objectives of students and teachers are in direct, and perhaps irreconcilable or even catastrophic, conflict.

In a typical classroom on the first week of school, the teacher has one main objective, establish classroom rules and procedures, while making sure that students understand what they need to do to be successful in the course. On the surface, that sounds perfectly reasonable. However, the problem is that many students do not share that singular focus during the opening days of school.

Boys of middle school age are much more focused on building friendships than on listening to grown ups talk. When they return to school, most of their thoughts and questions are social, especially when starting out at a new school. Will I have a friend? Will the other kids be nice to me? Will they think I’m cool…or funny…or at least not a complete loser? Will my teachers like me and… will I like them?

Of course we’d like to make the boys more mature, responsible, and better able to prioritize through our sheer force of adult will, but the development of their brains is in the way. With lower levels of impulse control and often weaker executive functioning skills than what is normal for same-age female peers, boys often struggle with middle school, especially in the transition from summer-to-school. 

At Seven Hills, we start off with Camp Week, so the boys can answer those burning social questions first. No classroom learning was going to happen before they did anyway. In fact, it’s much more likely that boys in classes the opening week would act-out to score “cool points” with peers or try being the “class clown” as a way to make friends.

During Camp the boys get to know everyone in their grade groups and houses, lots of other boys from shared time outside, as well as all of the teachers in the school through a variety of team building and communication-centered activities. In addition to those activities, they help write the honor code, learn the rules, take a tour, walk through their schedule, and make friends along the way. By the end of Camp Week, the boys have learned that this IS their school and that they have friends here; they know the kids are nice and the teachers are, too. With that established and those social needs met, then, and only then, are boys ready to learn.


Dagan Rowe, Head of School

Admissions for the 2018-19 School Year

Interested in having your son excited about school?  How about having classes at the James River each month?  Interested in a school that understands, appreciates, and empowers middle school boys? Check out Seven Hills School!!  Seven Hills School is still taking applications for the 2018-19 school year.  To find out more, please contact the Director of Admissions, Drew Lineberger, at 804-329-6300 x224 or at

Whole Kids Foundation Grant

Seven Hills School is proud to announce that we received notification that the Whole Kids Foundation has awarded a grant of $2,000 to support the Phoenix Garden!  “Our vision is to transform our garden and campus from sterile and urban to productive, beautiful, and environmentally healthy,” said Lee Bristow, the Phoenix Garden Coordinator.

This grant will help Mr. Bristow conduct soil tests, create improvements to help protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and expand the growing season.  Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides funding to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds. The foundation was conceived by Whole Foods Market.

The Whole Kids Foundation grant is the most recent in a string of grants for the Phoenix Garden including a grant from the Dominion Foundation that supported the building of our “cold frame” garden on the south side of Building D. Students and faculty have been enjoying arugula and radishes out of this winter garden.

Click here to watch a video of the garden being built!

School Closed – Tuesday, Jan. 10

Seven Hills will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 10 due to the snow and resulting conditions on campus.  Please check back tomorrow on our Facebook page, website, or your email for an update about Wednesday.