Jamestown Academy (Virginia)

Jamestown Academy was a private school in James City County, Virginia, established in 1964 when the local public schools were ordered to desegregate following the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling.[1]

Jamestown Academy
Coordinates37°18′22″N 76°44′09″W / 37.306149°N 76.73587299°W / 37.306149; -76.73587299
Campus size8 acres (3.2 ha)
Campus typeSuburban

Tuition at Jamestown was covered in part by state tuition grants. Grants to a "nonprofit, nonsectarian private school", even segregation academies, were upheld by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.[2] On March 9, 1965, in Griffin v. State Board of Education, state tuition grants to white-only schools were found to be unconstitutional.[3]

The school closed in 1989.[4]


  1. ^ Public Education : 1964 Staff Report (PDF). United States Commission on Civil Rights. 1964. p. 277. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Text of Supreme court's Decision ordering Virginia County to Reopen Its Schools". New York Times. May 26, 1964. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Griffin v State Board of Education". E.D.Va. March 9, 1965. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 239 F. Supp. 560 (1965)
  4. ^ Lerman, David (June 29, 1989). "Jamestown Academy Calls It Quits For '89". Daily Press. Retrieved 5 November 2017.