Nestled gently in the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley, Powhatan School sits on 62-acres of a spectacular wooded campus. The main campus is made up of a 12-acre lot that is home to 8 buildings with a total 56,500 square feet.
An additional 5 acre property sits adjacent to the main campus and makes up our athletic complex. We take full advantage of the Crocker Conservancy, consisting of the 47-acres of land that is held in perpetual easement and is home to two additional learning spaces.
The Crocker Conservancy is an outdoor learning laboratory, brimming with opportunities for students to learn about the natural world and enhances the quality of hands-on experiential learning that exists across grade levels.
Powhatan is located in Boyce, Va, conveniently between Purcellville, Va. and Winchester Va. We offer bus routes to Winchester, Purcellville, Middleburg and Charles Town, WV.
The Crocker Conservancy
We use an approach called Nature Enhanced Approach to Learning (NEAL) as a lens through which we can teach any or all components of our curriculum. We use it to bring our students outside into the natural world and to bring the natural world indoors to our students. The Crocker Conservancy is a huge asset to our NEAL program and consists of four separate habitats, including a wetland habitat, warm season grass and wild flower meadow, two streams and hardwood forests.
At Powhatan School, students have easy access to the outdoors, including the Crocker Conservancy, to map trails, read or write nature poems, adopt trees and square meters for observation of changes, record data in journals, run and walk the trails, and raise trout for release in the stream. We are continually using the lens of NEAL as we create, amend, and reflect upon our curriculum in all areas.