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Beyond the Classroom

Extra-Curricular Activities Fall Semester 2009-2010

3400 Stony Point Road Richmond, Virginia 23235 (804) 272-1341 (804) 560-9255 fax


Welcome to Sabot at Stony Point’s Beyond the Classroom program for Fall 2009! I am delighted to introduce an expanded array of extra-curricular activities for children and adults that provide opportunities to delve deeper into particular interests, to dabble in unfamiliar techniques or pastimes, and to embark on entirely new ventures. Our approach to engaging young people in learning is known for the time and attention given to investigative research. But for some of us there is never enough time to pursue our passions or explore the promise of new ones. Giving children— and ourselves!—time beyond the classroom complements the daily work of our learning community. In these offerings, you will recognize the touch of our approach: that skills and materials serve investigation, that provocative experiences deserve time and follow-up, and that experts and teachers elevate the intentions of students. This booklet includes a variety of endeavors: ongoing clubs and studios that offer children a chance for sustained engagement in a particular field; shorter-term After Hours workshops from our program administered by Kerry Mills; team sports that support physical activity outside of school hours and also allow children to engage with students at other area independent schools; and our Parent Education series that includes discussions sponsored by our Parents’ Association as well as other events. As you read through the booklet and plan your semester, please pay attention to: • Intended school or grade level. • Unique symbols that identify activities designed for preschool students as well as clubs, studios, and sports ❏ ❐ ❏ ❏ that are open only to Sabot at Stony Point students.


• Participant minimum and/or maximum. All After Hours workshops require a minimum of 4 participants, unless a higher minimum is specified; workshops that do not meet their minimum will be cancelled. Registrations will be accepted in order of receipt. • Start time. Many activities provide opportunities to develop and renew friendships, both within and across grade levels. When there is a short lag between the end of school and the beginning of an activity to accommodate different schedules, our extended day service will provide a supervised environment where students can read or play until the activity begins. • Registration deadline. In most cases, we ask that you register at least two weeks before the first meeting of the activity, but note that some deadlines are earlier. To register, please use the forms provided; Betsy Vest (272-1341) has additional copies if you need them. Please also note the range of costs; some activities are more expensive than others because of required materials or other expenses involved, but we have tried to ensure that the majority of activities will be accessible to everyone. Indeed, this program is possible only because many Sabot at Stony Point parents, faculty and community friends have contributed their time, skills, and resources with extraordinary generosity and commitment. We owe them our thanks. In these journeys Beyond the Classroom, we are truly learning with and from each other. Marty Gravett Director of Program Development

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VISUAL ARTS AND DESIGN Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom. –Thomas Carlyle

Color and Line For Preschool Three Fridays, October 9, 16, 23, 12:15-1:45 p.m. Location: Grace Street campus The Preschool visual arts workshops provide an opportunity for children to learn about and explore one particular medium. During this three-session workshop, we will focus on painting and drawing, learning how to work with drawing pencils, oil and chalk pastel and watercolor. We’ll also learn how to blend pencil and paint, mix colors, and other painting techniques. Bring your lunch – we will eat at the start of the workshop. Cost: $50, register by September 25 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com; Anna Golden, agolden@sabotatstonypoint.org Minimum of 5 students Prints and Photography For Preschool Three Fridays, October 30, November 6, 13, 12:15-1:45 p.m. Location: Grace Street campus This workshop will focus on making prints, using ink as well as photographic techniques. During the three-session workshop, children will learn to make monoprints, photograms and collagraphs. Bring your lunch – we will eat at the start of the workshop. No cameras needed. Cost: $50, register by October 16 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com; Anna Golden, agolden@sabotatstonypoint.org Minimum of 5 students

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Reflections Press Studio For grades 6-8 ❏ ❐ ❏ ❐ ❏ ❐ ❏ Mondays, first meeting September 14, 3:25-4:50 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Middle School artists and writers, designers and interviewers, printers and idea creators, typographers and story-tellers, photographers and binders will all join forces, combining and developing their skills as they produce publications including (but not limited to) the year-end book of reflection. Expect to use everything from No. 2 pencils to Macintosh computers, from brains to heart to brawn, as you show what you know about your experience here—your life from your point of view. Participants may choose up to three sessions: September 14 to November 23, November 30 to March 15, March 22 to June 7. Cost: No direct cost, but both email and internet access at home are required; register by September 10 for the first session. Contact: Tom Vanderlinden, tvanderlinden@sabotatstonypoint.org Worn Again For grades 6-8 Five Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 28, November 4, 11, 3:304:45 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus This class is a chance for students to go shopping…in their own closets! Alice Fine—Sabot alumna and daughter of Garden Room teacher Sara Ferguson—will teach students how to transform old or under used items into the stars of their wardrobe. Basic sewing skills and a love of reusable fashion will be imparted during this class. No prior sewing knowledge is needed. Alice will send an email to parents to let them know what students should bring to the first meeting. Note that the class will not meet on October 21. Cost: $35, register by September 23 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com; Alice Fine, afinegirl9689@hotmail.com Minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 students

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Cartooning For grades K-8 Friday, October 23, 3:15-5:15 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Can’t get enough of cartooning? Or looking for an opportunity to try it out? Novices and cartooning veterans alike are welcome at this class taught by Kirk O’Brien, a professional cartoon artist and instructor at the Visual Arts Center. Cost: $35, register by October 9 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com Very Large Painting For grades K-8 Two Fridays, November 13 and 20, 3:15-5:15 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Start by drawing large and finish with a very large painting. Wear clothes that can get messy. On the first day, bring an object with you that you like very much. Taught by Tom Vanderlinden. Cost: $50, register by October 30 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com

DICTIONOPOLIS: “WORDS, WORDS, WORDS.” “That doesn’t seem right,” said Milo helplessly, for, with the bird taking everything the wrong way, he hardly knew what he was saying. “Agreed,” said the bird, with a sharp click of his beak, “but neither is it left, although if I were you I would have left a long time ago.”

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“Let me try once more,” Milo said in an effort to explain. “In other words—” “You mean you have other words?” cried the bird happily. “Well, by all means, use them. You’re certainly not doing very well with the ones you have now.” – Norman Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Richmond Shakespeare Workshop: Much Ado About Nothing For grades 2-8 Seven Thursdays, October 8 to November 19, 3:15-5:30 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Cynde Liffick of Richmond Shakespeare will lead the children in a theater experience as they learn how to speak the words of Shakespeare and acquire many other theater skills. The group will work together to produce Much Ado about Nothing during the first 6 weeks and will perform the play for families during the last week. No acting experience necessary. Cost: $140, register by September 30 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com Minimum of 6 students Creative Writing For grades 4-8 Two Wednesdays, October 14 at 3:15-5:15 p.m., and October 21 at 12:15-2:15 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Let your imagination and pen run wild in this creative writing workshop taught by writer Valley Haggard. Students will participate in a series of individual and group writing exercises that explore language, metaphor, dream images and stories from our lives. October 21 meeting is immediately after school on a noon dismissal day. Note that this workshop is also offered in a session for grades 1-3 (see below). Cost: $35, register by September 30 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com 7


Creative Writing For grades 1-3 Two Wednesdays, November 11 and 18, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Let your imagination and pen run wild in this creative writing workshop taught by writer Valley Haggard. Children will participate in a series of individual and group writing exercises that explore language, metaphor, dream images and stories from our lives. Cost: $35, register by October 28 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com

How To Eat a Poem Don’t be polite. Bite in Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that may run down your chin. It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are. You do not need a knife or fork or spoon or plate or napkin or tablecloth. For there is no core or stem or rind or pit or seed or skin to throw away. —Eve Merriam

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DIGITOPOLIS: MATHEMATICS, MECHANICS AND BUILT ENVIRONMENTS LEGO Robotics Studio For children aged 8-12 ❏ ❐ ❏ ❐ ❏ ❐ ❏ Fridays, September 18 to December 11, 3:15-5:00 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Just imagine what you could create by combining ordinary LEGOs with computers and mechanical components! A Mars rover? The Empire State Building – including the elevators? A motorized helicopter? A robot with jet packs and extendable legs on wheels and claws that can pick things up? We’ll tackle these and more as we build structures, vehicles, robots—and our spatial, mechanical and technology skills as well. Led by Sabot at Stony Point parent Hunter McGuire. Please note that this studio is designed for children aged 8-12. Cost: $75, register by September 11 Contact: Hunter McGuire, wetlands@sabothill.com Maximum of 12 students Math Club For grades 3-5 ❏ ❐ ❏ ❐ ❏ ❐ ❏ Wednesdays, October 7 to November 18, 3:00-3:45 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Math Club is a place to learn new math skills, hone the ones you already have, and have fun with other students in different grades! Our club’s main focus is on learning and playing the math game “24,” but we also play other math games and solve math puzzles. We’ll learn the tournament rules involved in competing in “24,” and students will then have opportunities at the end of the session to compete in “24 Challenges” (or tournaments). A snack will be provided. Led by Sabot at Stony Point teachers Carmen Marais and Cat Henney. Cost: $40, register by October 1 Contact: Carmen Marais, 804-519-1712, cmarais@sabotatstonypoint.org; and Cat Henney, chenney@sabotatstonypoint.org.

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How Do You Make a Paddle Boat? For grades K-8 Thursday, September 24, 3:15-5:00 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Newton’s Third Law of Motion is the basis on which a paddle boat functions. In this workshop, we’ll make a paddle boat using Newton’s principles and then try it out in the water. Cost: $35, register by September 17 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD! Kids in the Kitchen: A Tea Party For grades K-8 Friday, September 25, 3:15-5:15 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Chef Kirsten Perry will lead students (and their grownups!) to create and cook – and then enjoy! – their own fanciful tea party. Menu will include fresh lemonade, scones and tea sandwiches. Grown-ups are welcome, but not required to attend. Cost: $15 per person, register by September 18 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com Minimum of 6 students Kids in the Kitchen: Holiday Cookies For grades K-8 Friday, December 4, 3:15-5:15 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Students (and their grown-ups) will create, bake and taste a delectable assortment of holiday cookies, with the help of Chef Kirsten Perry. Everyone will go home with recipes so they can recreate the confections in time for the holidays. Grown-ups are welcome, but not required to attend. Cost: $15 per person, register by November 23 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com Minimum of 6 students

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EXPLORING THE NATURAL WORLD When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. — John Muir

James River Exploration Sessions For grades K-8 Three Fridays, October 16, November 20, and December 11, 3:15-5:00 p.m. Location: Meet at Stony Point campus to travel to locations on the river The James River is a local treasure for our community. During these monthly visits to the river, we will explore it through the eyes of professionals from a variety of fields – environmentalists, biologists, ecologists, artists, and writers – who will accompany us. Each session will be devoted to a particular topic as we visit different locations and consider the life of the river from various perspectives. Please wear shoes that can get wet, dress for the weather, and bring a water bottle and a snack. Volunteer drivers will be needed; families should plan to pick children up at the river. Cost: $15 per individual session, register by the 30th of the month prior to the visit. Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com Autumn Forest Walk For grades K-5 Friday, November 13, 3:00-4:45 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Spend a crisp fall afternoon in the Larus Forest. We will identify flora and fauna that we encounter, explore the stream, and create “nature” art inspired by the things we find. Bring a water bottle and a snack. Wear appropriate clothing for weather and shoes that can get wet. Cost: $15, register by October 30 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com 11


Woods in Winter For grades K-8 Saturday, November 21, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Join us in the Larus Forest to learn how to identify Richmond area trees and plants—in winter! Tricycle Gardens manager Stacey Moulds will teach students (and their grown-ups) how to use the “bone structure in the landscape” in order to recognize plants and trees that have shed their summer clothing. We’ll learn tricks to identifying trees and other plant life in the winter, collect samples for a nature diary, and acquire basic skill in using plant keys so that we can begin to identify plants. Please dress appropriately for the weather and for walking in the woods—most of the class will be held outside. Bring a magnifying glass if you have one, pencil or pen, and a small notebook or journal. We’ll warm up afterwards with some hot cider. Grown-ups are welcome, but not required to attend. Cost: $15 per person, register by November 9 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com; Stacey Moulds, semoulds@gmail.com

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape—the loneliness of it—the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it—the whole story doesn’t show.

“POETRY OF THE AIR”: MUSICAL PURSUITS Music and Movement For Preschool Six Fridays, October 30, Nov. 6, 13, December 4, 11, 18, 12:15-1:45 p.m. Location: Grace Street campus Move to the music! We’ll have fun listening to different kinds of music and trying out a combination of dance, 12


yoga, and free movement in this six-session workshop. Bring your lunch – we’ll eat at the start of the workshop. Cost: $85, register by October 16 Contact: Anna Golden, agolden@sabotatstonypoint.org Minimum of 5 students Strings@Sabot For grades K-5 Tuesdays, October 13 to April (20 meetings), 3:00-4:00 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Violinist Tom Stevens will introduce a small group of students to the basics—and the pleasures—of playing string instruments. This class is intended for Lower School students who have no experience at all on strings or who have just begun to play during the past year or so. Instruments are not supplied; Kerry Mills will provide guidance on rentals. Cost: $300, register by September 30 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com Minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 students Making Instruments from Around the World For grades K-8 Three Mondays, October 26, November 2, 9, 3:15-5:15 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Arthur Stephens of the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra will lead this exciting workshop exploring instruments from all around the globe. Arthur will bring instruments to demonstrate the sounds of music around the world, and will lead students in making their own instruments. The students will learn a song and perform it for parents during the final session. Cost: $75, register by September 30 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com Minimum of 6 and maximum of 10 students

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TEAM SPORTS AND ATHLETICS Kickers’ Pre-Season Soccer Tune-Up For grades K-8 Tuesdays, September 8, 15, and 22, 3:15-4:30 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus Coaches from the Richmond Kickers will be here to help soccer players of all ages get ready for the coming season. All participants will receive a Pro Pass for a discount on Kickers’ games. Cost: $30, register by September 4 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com Minimum of 10 students Soccer Team ❏ ❐ ❏ ❐ ❏ ❐ ❏ For grades 2-4 (Junior Varsity) and 5-8 (Varsity) Monday or Wednesday practices, 3:00 (Junior Varsity) or 3:30 (Varsity); games on Thursdays or Fridays Location: Stony Point campus Soccer teams will be coached by Sabot at Stony Point faculty and collegiate soccer players. Junior Varsity practices are on Mondays, Varsity practices are on Wednesdays, and games may be on Thursdays or Fridays. The game schedule is determined by coaches in the school league and will be announced early in the school year. The season begins in mid-September and continues until mid-November. Cost: $75 (fee includes uniform), register in September Contact: Betsy Vest, 272-1341, bvest@sabotatstonypoint.org Basketball Team For grades 2-8 ❏ ❐ ❏ ❐ ❏ ❐ ❏ Weekly, days and times to be determined, begins in late November Location: Stony Point campus and Northstar Academy Basketball games may be on Wednesdays or Thursdays, at 4:00, 5:00 or 6:00 p.m., and are held at Northstar Academy (parents must transport students to Northstar). One additional day of practice will be determined closer to the start of the season, which begins after Thanksgiving and continues until mid-March. 14


Cost: to be announced, register in late Fall. Contact: Betsy Vest, 272-1341, bvest@sabotatstonypoint.org

HANDMADE GIFTS Printed Cards and Gifts For Preschool Friday, December 4, 12:15-1:45 p.m. Location: Grace Street campus Anna Golden, atelierista extraordinaire at Sabot at Stony Point’s preschool, will work with children to create cards and other printed gifts for friends and family. Bring your lunch – we’ll eat at the start of the workshop. Note that this workshop is offered in two sessions: one for preschool-aged children and one for children in grades K-8. Cost: $20, register by November 23 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com; Anna Golden, agolden@sabotatstonypoint.org Minimum of 5 students Build-A-Gift (Open Studio) For Preschool Friday, December 11, 12:15-1:45 p.m. Location: Grace Street campus During this open studio workshop, children will have access to a wide variety of art media as they work with Anna Golden, Sabot at Stony Point’s preschool atelierista, to create gifts for friends and family. Bring your lunch – we’ll eat at the start of the workshop. Note that this workshop is offered in two sessions: one for preschoolaged children and one for children in grades K-8. Cost: $20, register by November 30 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com; Anna Golden, agolden@sabotatstonypoint.org Minimum of 5 students

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Beaded and Jeweled Gifts For Preschool Friday, December 18, 12:15-1:45 p.m. Location: Grace Street campus Anna Golden will lead children as they work with gorgeous beads and decorative materials to design and create jewelry and other gifts. Bring your lunch – we’ll eat at the start of the workshop. Note that this workshop is offered in two sessions: one for preschool-aged children and one for children in grades K-8. Cost: $20, register by December 4 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com; Anna Golden, agolden@sabotatstonypoint.org Minimum of 5 students Felt Stitchery For grades K-8 Thursday, December 3, 3:15-5:00 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus With gorgeous, soft wool felt, create beautiful and useful items—a purse? a bookmark? a puppet?—that may be wonderful gifts for that special someone. You do not need to know how to sew for this workshop—we will teach you! Cost: $35, register by November 19 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com Printed Cards and Gifts For grades K-8 Friday, December 4, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Location: Grace Street campus Anna Golden, atelierista extraordinaire at Sabot at Stony Point’s preschool, will work with children to create cards and other printed gifts for friends and family. Note that this workshop is offered in two sessions: one for preschoolaged children and one for children in grades K-8. Cost: $20, register by November 20 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com; Anna Golden, agolden@sabotatstonypoint.org Minimum of 5 students

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Holiday Cards For grades K-8 Thursday, December 10, 3:15-5:00 p.m. Location: Stony Point campus No matter which winter holiday you celebrate, sending a handmade card is fun! In this workshop we’ll use printmaking and assemblage to create cards that will make the holidays special. Cost: $35, register by November 30 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com Build-A-Gift (Open Studio) For grades K-8 Friday, December 11, at 3:30-4:45 p.m. Location: Grace Street campus During this open studio workshop, children will have access to a wide variety of art media as they work with Anna Golden, Sabot at Stony Point’s preschool atelierista, to create gifts for friends and family. Note that this workshop is offered in two sessions: one for preschoolaged children and one for children in grades K-8. Cost: $20, register by November 30 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com; Anna Golden, agolden@sabotatstonypoint.org Minimum of 5 students Beaded and Jeweled Gifts For grades K-8 Friday, December 18, at 3:30-4:45 p.m. Location: Grace Street campus Anna Golden will lead children as they work with gorgeous beads and decorative materials to design and create jewelry and other gifts. Note that this workshop is offered in two sessions: one for preschool-aged children and one for children in grades K-8. Cost: $20, register by December 4 Contact: Kerry Mills, kerrymills@mac.com; Anna Golden, agolden@sabotatstonypoint.org Minimum of 5 students

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PARENT EDUCATION SERIES “...learning is a place where paradise can be created.” – Bell Hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

Gillette Garden Club Monthly on Saturdays, beginning September 12, 10:30-12:00 Location: Stony Point campus Sabot at Stony Point’s verdant gardens and grounds are one of our school’s most striking features, and shape our sense of community and of place. We will strive to become stewards of this landscape, in every sense: we’ll contribute to the gargantuan task of caring for our green spaces; we’ll learn about Gillette and his work; we’ll study and visit other gardens; we’ll share ideas, suggestions, skills and knowledge; and we’ll learn much that is useful for our own gardens as well. We welcome all gardeners and would-be gardeners, from novices to experts; the only requirement is a willingness to get dirty! We will meet once a month on Saturdays to plan activities as a group; then club members can research, dig, plant, prune, water and dream as their own schedules permit. Children are encouraged to participate in the gardening activities, but meetings are for grown-ups only. Cost: None, register on September 12 Contact: Jessica Trihey, 643-4613, jessica@bureauofdesign.com Book Discussion: How Did I Get There? For parents, faculty, family, friends and alumni Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. Location: To be determined This is the first of two Parents’ Association-sponsored discussions devoted to books by Deb Roffman, a human sexuality educator who has taught at The Park School in Baltimore for over 35 years. Our discussions will focus on issues related to sex, sexuality and gender in our children, 18


considering how those issues can be addressed in ways that support and foster children’s healthy emotional and physical development. Our first discussion will center on Roffman’s “But How Did I Get There in the First Place?” Talking to Your Young Child about Sex, which focuses on early childhood / the preschool years. Discussions will be led by Helen Landry and Kara Page. Helen is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in work with children, adolescents, couples and families. She has particular experience in working with adolescent girls on developmental issues. Kara Page holds an RN degree and a Master’s degree in Public Health. She has worked extensively in the field of pediatric and adolescent health, and currently serves on the Sabot at Stony Point preschool faculty. Cost: None, register two weeks before the discussion. Contact: Helen Landry, khseward@verizon.net; Kara Page, karapage@aol.com, 249-1712 Book Discussion: Talking Sense about Sex For parents, faculty, family, friends and alumni Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. Location: To be determined This session, the second in our book discussion series, will concentrate on the elementary years and beyond, using Roffman’s Sex and Sensibility: The Thinking Parent’s Guide to Talking Sense about Sex. Cost: None, register two weeks before the discussion. Contact: Helen Landry, khseward@verizon.net; Kara Page, karapage@aol.com, 249-1712

Fees for clubs, studios, and sports are used exclusively to cover expenses related to those activities. Any proceeds generated by the After Hours workshops will be considered non-program revenue and will be applied to the school’s operating budget. Thank you for supporting Sabot at Stony Point. Stony Point Campus: 3400 Stony Point Road Richmond, Virginia 23235 (804) 272-1341

Grace Street Campus: 6818 West Grace Street Richmond, Virginia 23226 (804) 288-4122

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