Sabot School

Sabot School—a progressive, Reggio-inspired school—serves students age 2 to Grade 8.

Sabot students develop important habits of mind, including perseverance, collaboration, and striving for accuracy. In a stimulating and respectful environment, they learn to imagine, innovate, and solve authentic problems. Feeling ownership of and accountability for their learning, Sabot students extend it beyond their formal schooling to become true lifelong learners.

Operating as usual

Photos from Sabot School's post 02/23/2024

Viva Carnival! 🎭 In Spanish class 7th and 8th graders have been learning about Carnival, the annual festive celebration in Spanish-speaking countries marked by colorful parades, elaborate costumes, and lively street parties. Inspired by these traditions, students their own original costumes on small mannequins. This week the community gets to vote on their favorites!

Photos from Sabot School's post 02/22/2024

How lucky are we to be nestled next to Larus Park? Larus Park is named one of Richmond's 'best-kept secrets,' boasting 106 acres of wooded trails—a perfect playground for our students. At Sabot, we embrace the philosophy of viewing the environment as the third teacher, and this beautiful landscape affords our students the opportunity to connect with nature on a regular basis. Whether they're exploring the cause-and-effect physics of stream dynamics, collaborating to build social-emotional skills, or engaging in scientific inquiry to uncover small wonders, nature is an integral part of our educational approach at Sabot School.

Read more about our beautiful park here:

Photos from Sabot School's post 02/21/2024

3rd Grade is doing important work, and not just in the month of February. They're immersing themselves in stories by Black authors, leading discussions on diverse voices, and delving into the Black Lives Matter at Schools curriculum. Today's focus: discussing 4 of the 13 principles of the BLM movement. Each group discussed a principle, thought about what it means and came up with examples of that principle in the world, and shared with the class.


Meet the Mail Group! 📬

Students in Kindergarten have been investigating the way that mail moves. Their interest was at first sending letters and notes up and down Honor hall to various classrooms. Then they began to think about how to send mail to other places on campus, so they created a map to pinpoint where each classroom was and where to find faculty mailboxes. We sent a note to our own USPS mail person to ask a bunch of questions about how mail is distributed. Then it evolved to creating a mailbox so everyone would be able to send and receive mail on campus. Their job is going to be to collect, sort, and deliver mail all around campus. It's amazing how a simple question can evolve to such a big project.


Middle School Language Arts celebrates Black History Month with a journey through the powerful voices and rich narratives of African American authors – each page telling a story of resilience, triumph, and the enduring spirit of a vibrant culture.


May your weekend be as joyful as a slow motion leap into a huge mud puddle!

(Thank goodness for rain boots)


Yesterday, we were proud to have seven Sabot staff members participate in the VAIS Safe & Healthy Schools conference. Today an additional staff member is attending the VAIS Youth Mental Health First Aid training as well.

At Sabot, we prioritize the safety and wellbeing of our entire community, recognizing the vital importance of both physical and mental health. Together, we're committed to fostering a supportive environment where everyone can thrive.

Photos from Sabot School's post 02/15/2024

Looking at tiny things; Thinking about infinite things 🔍

Students in preschool exploring their world with a digital microscope.

Sabot Middle School Students Shine 02/14/2024

Have you seen the latest Sabot Story? Click the link below to read more about how Sabot Middle School students ✨ SHINE ✨.

Sabot Middle School Students Shine Sabot Middle School's Class of 2024 students are making waves nationally with their outstanding achievements. Caroline S. serves as a Virginia House of Delegates Page, proposing legislation on climate change, while Lucian P. earns accolades for his research on imperialism in the Caribbean. Both stud...

Photos from Sabot School's post 02/14/2024

For her Explo project this semester, 6th grader Roshni, a middle school composer and pianist, has been exploring musical composition. In collaboration with our music atelierista Jāna, Roshni has been visiting the Kindergarten class as a guest teacher/mentor to share ideas around how melody is created, offering insights into musical notation/composition and being a "go-to" for musical questions. She has followed the children's interest in connecting movement to music and joined by playing the school piano for dancing and listening games.

Jāna reports that Roshni is "able to stay present with the children's questions and able to create such a welcoming environment that encourages them to share their observations. It's so awesome that your skill set includes the ability to improvisation as well as composition. It was cool seeing them respond to your musical cues around legato and staccato sounds with movement. They were very engaged by you inviting them to keep the beat and clap rhythms. We are so fortunate to have you in our community to mentor and help expand the children's musical vocabulary and enhance their musical curiosity!"

Photos from Sabot School's post 02/13/2024

All month, Kindergarten will be investigating black artists to celebrate Black History Month. The first artist is Alma Thomas, a DC native artist and educator. After looking at Thomas' work, students were invited to create their own work using techniques that mirrored hers. Some children explored watercolor, some worked with printmaking, and others experimented with collage.

"Through color, I have sought to concentrate on beauty and happiness, rather than on man’s inhumanity to man.” - Alma Thomas

Photos from Sabot School's post 02/12/2024

Dear Community, Join us as we engage in ways to celebrate Black History this month! The theme for 2024 is “African Americans and the Arts,” celebrating Black artists’ influence in fields such as visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture and culinary arts. We know that the arts play a powerful role in communicating connection, inspiring others and building community, and we are excited to share our investigations with you!

Artwork by Alma Thomas

Photos from Sabot School's post 02/12/2024

A big thank you to Richmond Fire and EMS for coming to on Friday to talk to students in grades 1-3 about fire safety and giving us a tour of your cool firetruck!


Save the date! We are three months away from what's going to be a spectacular community event. The Gala in the Garden and Auction is the largest annual in-person fundraising and social event of the year. Thank you to those of you who participated in the Gala theme poll - "Year of the Dragon" 🐉 was the clear winner! Please join us for an unforgettable night filled with music, dinner, dancing, and delight! Saturday, May 4, from 6:30 - 10:00pm.

If you’re interested in volunteering, we welcome your time, talents and treasures. Donating silent and live auction items is a great way to support Sabot—and is always a big hit! The proceeds help raise critical funds to provide our students and teacher-researchers with the vital resources and facilities they deserve. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Photos from Sabot School's post 02/09/2024

is so incredibly proud of 8th grader Lucian, who presented his work from Virginia History Day to Senators and Delegates on the Hill this past Monday. His topic, "Imperialism in the Caribbean: The Negative Impact of U.S. Law from 1900-1920", won 1st place last year in both Districts and State, in addition to winning the ALSA Latino History Award. He spent the day with other students from Virginia who placed first in their respective categories, and even ran into classmate Caroline, who is currently serving as a Page in the House of Delegates. Sabot students are unstoppable!


Counselors have the remarkable ability to see our potential, even when we struggle to see it ourselves. is so grateful our for our incredible school counselor Ann Reavey, who has supported our community for the past 13 years. Even though National School Counselor's week is only one week, we appreciate you all year! 💚


is so proud of 7th grader, Grayson, for organizing his 4th annual food drive to honor the work of MLK, Jr. In the past, he collected food at our neighborhood clubhouse on Martin Luther King Day. This year, he extended the drive to two weeks and invited the Sabot community to participate. He was really grateful for the amount of food people donated and wrote the following thank you note:

Dear Sabot Community,

Thank you for donating food to my food drive! We donated 303lbs of food to Feed More! That's 1,212 meals!

Thank you so much for donating!

Photos from Sabot School's post 02/08/2024

Literacy in the Reggio-inspired classroom is everywhere. What started out as a small conversation in first grade about their love of Pokemon quickly turned into the creation of their own trading cards. The project spread to other members of the class, and soon games of all types were being created, with students writing in an authentic way that connects to their interest.

"Literacy is embedded in many sources including advertising, toys, signs, images and symbols. Learning to read today means being able to interpret text that is digital and multimodal, related to popular culture, in languages other than English and connected to everyday functional literacy." - Anna, PS-3 Art Atelierista


"You can't use up imagination. The more you use, the more you have" - Maya Angelou

Did you know that Sabot School has a Light Studio? Here, students explore how transparent objects create shadows to bring their stories to life. 🔦💡

Photos from Sabot School's post 02/06/2024

Kindergartners have been working with our fabulous music Atelierista Jāna to explore the language of music. Beginning with grounding themselves in a steady beat, then developing curiosity about qualities of sound through singing bowls and other musical instruments, and even writing their own song - sang in Japanese and Spanish! 🎼 🪕 🎹. These kids are amazing.

Photos from Sabot School's post 02/06/2024

A few shots from our 🌟Stargazing🌟 event last Friday. The Richmond Astronomical Society worked with our middle schoolers to set up our Meade Equatorial Telescope (Yes! We have a telescope now!). Is there anything better than sipping hot cocoa around a bonfire and exploring the starry skies?

Photos from Sabot School's post 02/05/2024

The Sabot Running Challenge for grades k-8 starts today! Our goal this year is 2,900 miles. 🏃‍♀️🏃🏾‍♂️

This 8-week school-wide challenge empowers students and families to get running and walking more this spring. Be on the look out for an email invitation from Marathon Kids to help you track your distance.


Dear Sabot families, we’re sorry for the confusion, but Spirit Week is rescheduled for next month. This will give you plenty of time to get your outfits together! Expect more information as we get closer to the date.

Photos from Sabot School's post 02/02/2024

Reggio in Action! This year's Umbrella Project is Movement. 2nd graders worked with their Atelierista to start thinking about how our bodies move, and began taking photos of each other in motion. 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏃🏾

Next, the children made drawings of some of the photographs. While making the drawings some children showed that they were curious about how movement works. Their drawings show them working out puzzles about how movement happens outside and inside the body. Teachers decided to dive deeper into movement as sequence through flip books and early film media like zoetrope and praxinoscope.

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The relationships created at Sabot are unique. Teachers and students partner together to share ideas confidently and with respect and curiosity. Learning is truly a collaboration, with Teacher-Researchers documenting and sharing their findings.

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Dear Middle School Families, we invite you to the next Middle School Family Dialogue from 8:15-9:00 on Friday, February 9th. The topic is Adolescent Development. We will discuss the most recent research on Adolescence and decision-making, risk-taking, and emotions. How can Parents and the Sabot Community support students through this journey?

RSVP to the Middle School Program Director by 2/8/24. More details can be found on the MS@Sabot Website.

Photos from Sabot School's post 01/27/2024

Reggio In Action! 4th graders spent time noticing and wondering about The Migration series from Jacob Lawrence, comprised of 60 paintings that tell the story of the Great Migration.

As the provocation unfolded, students discussed the history, impact, and emotions that stemmed from this important part of American history. Students then used their 100 languages as they created work to express how African Americans must have felt during this time. Scroll through the pictures to see how the creativity and empathy of our students makes itself visible through their learning.

Photos from Sabot School's post 01/26/2024

Sabot: designed for miracles, not minimums.


Little reader, big book! 📖📚 The culture of reading is strong at Sabot School.

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3400 Stony Point Road
Richmond, VA

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Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
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