Our School

Office Hours

Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Regular School Hours:

Arrival: 8:00–8:25 a.m.
Tardy Bell: 8:40 a.m.
Dismissal: 3:00 p.m.
Early Dismissal: 1:00 p.m.

U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Schools seal

Welcome to Beaverdam Elementary School, a nationally recognized, No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School! Located in the northwestern corner of Hanover County, our outstanding faculty and staff take pride in providing challenging and innovative learning experiences for our students in a warm and nurturing environment.

Beaverdam Elementary School proudly serves over 300 kindergarten through fifth grade students from families throughout Hanover County, Virginia. Our attendance zone is one of the largest of any elementary school in Hanover, covering an area nearly 20 miles long and 15 miles wide.

Situated on over 20 acres of land, our beautiful grounds include many oak trees and more than 30 English boxwoods that date back to the 1930's. Our playground includes a variety of structures for play and physical fitness. We also enjoy a lighted softball field and a quarter-mile track.

Ninety-three percent of our teachers hold advanced degrees, and according to standardized testing, our students consistently rank among the top academic performers in the county.

Our Mission

Beaverdam students and teachers will synergize to succeed as good citizens, thoughtful learners, and confident leaders.

Our Vision

Beaverdam Elementary: Learning to lead, leading to learn.

Developing Student Leaders

Watercolor painting of BES school building

At Beaverdam, we are developing the next generation of leaders. Our students and teachers synergize to succeed as good citizens, thoughtful learners, and confident leaders. One of the ways we do this is through student leadership opportunities, including our Student Council Association (SCA).

SCA is a representative, student-run club that exists for other students. Every year, SCA sponsors several school-wide activities to build community and boost school spirit, including the following:

  • Spirit Days
  • Skate Nights
  • Fall Social
  • Winter Social
  • Food Drives

 

Community Profile

Located in the northwest corner of Hanover County, Virginia, Beaverdam is a beautiful place to call home! Our school is only 30 miles northwest of Richmond, 90 miles south of Washington D.C., and 60 miles east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

As a growing rural community, Beaverdam’s economy still revolves around farming (grain, hay, and dairy cattle), lumber milling, and quarrying. Some of our major employers include Dominion Energy at North Anna Power Station, Tyson Foods, and Kings Dominion theme park. Our student body is socioeconomically diverse. Some students live in town on quarter-acre lots while others live on thousand-acre farms. Many students live on land that has been in their family for generations adding to the area's historical significance.  

History of Excellence

Originally built in 1906, Beaverdam School has a history of academic excellence. As a community school housing grades one through 11, the last Beaverdam High School class graduated in 1959. The school building then became Beaverdam Elementary and educated students up to seventh grade. Our first kindergarten class was added in 1972, and 10 years later, six and seventh graders were transferred to Liberty Middle School. In 1984, the old school was renovated, and it reopened for students from three attendance zones in 1985. Since that time, Beaverdam Elementary continues to build on its history of educational excellence through innovative instructional practices, a current technology infrastructure, and teacher training.

Instruction

BES has initiated several new instructional approaches and programs in its quest to address the specific needs of each child. In 1992, Beaverdam Elementary was selected by the Virginia Department of Education to become an Early-Childhood Demonstration Site. Through research-based development sessions and summer seminars, our faculty became experts in the areas of child growth and development to identify developmentally appropriate instructional practices.

Starting in the fall of 1993, due to its designation as an Early Childhood Demonstration Site and Model School for technology, Beaverdam received many site visits from school districts throughout the commonwealth. Soon, we were known as a Professional Development School in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University. Then, in May of 1997, with the support of our parents and community, Beaverdam Elementary School was selected as a National Blue Ribbon School! 

We are proud of our school and look forward to what the coming years bring!

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