Frequently Asked Questions
You've got questions, and we've got answers. Below, we invite you to explore some of the most commonly asked questions we've received throughout the year. Not seeing your question? Not a problem! We're happy to answer any question you might have. Just give us a call at 757-428-7534.
Where do VBFS students go to college?
Short answer: everywhere. Better answer: our students go on to competitive colleges and unique universities throughout the world. For a recent matriculation list and to learn more about our College Counseling Program, click here.
Is VBFS an accredited school?
Absolutely! In fact, VBFS is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). Plus, we're members of the Friends Council on Education, National Association of Independent Schools, Virginia Council of Private Education, and the National Honor Society.
When should I apply?
Pretty much anytime. But if you're applying for a September start, we recommend beginning the process in January. Please note, VBFS has a rolling admissions cycle. As stated above, students are welcomed anytime throughout the year, transitioning in ideally at the beginning of the next quarter or semester.
Is financial aid available?
It certainly is! VBFS financial aid awards are based on need and are issued on a first come, first serve basis. An application is required through FACTS to begin the process for consideration. For more information, click here.
When will I know the results of my child's admission?
We do our best to provide you with a timely response once your child has completed their visit and the committee has had a chance to meet. Additionally, we update you on any progress made throughout the application process.
What are your school hours?
Our school hours vary by division. But generally, our days run from 8:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon.
Does VBFS offer before and after school programs for Early and Lower School children?
We do! There is an Early and Late Departure Program for Early and Middle School students. Early Arrival begins at 7:15 am, and Late Departure runs until 6:00 pm.
Can students bring their own lunches?
Friends students are always welcome to bring their own lunches or they can order from a rotating list of Hilltop restaurants.
What if my child has food allergies?
Many of our students live with food allergies. At Friends, our staff and faculty are knowledgeable and proactive in working with families who have allergy concerns. If you have any questions, we are happy to discuss this subject with you at any time. We're beyond confident that your child will experience and safe, worry-free experience at snack and lunch every day!
Does VBFS have a dress code?
Yes. When students are on campus or representing VBFS at school-sponsored events, we ask that they dress in a manner that reflects the values of our educational community. Specific requirements are outlined in the Community Handbook.
Does VBFS have a bus service?
We do not. Parents must transport their children to school daily. However, some families try to organize carpools to make traveling more convenient!
Are guidance and counseling resources available?
VBFS has a full-time Counselor, DeeDran Talbert, who supports our students daily. In addition, we have a College Guidance Counselor, Bar Podkowka, who serves Upper School students in collegiate decisions.