The New E3 School, LLC

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What is The New E3 School?

The New E3 School– designed, built and operated by E3 – is an innovative, state-of-the-art school and a beacon of the highest quality, for ALL children.  The school serves 104 children ages 1-5.

The New E3 School has a director of school and staff dedicated to the day-to-day operations.

Why is an advocacy group operating a school?

E3 created a model that will prove that high quality early education results in kindergarten readiness for children across the income spectrum. This school is a showroom of quality to serve as the catalyst to drive policy, systems change and greater public investment by showing a direct link between an infusion of quality and child outcomes.

The school is also a statewide model for best practices in early education and a place where early educators can come to learn about developing a strong business model, implementing best practices and tying developmentally appropriate instruction with assessment.

The New E3 School is advancing early education not only in the South Hampton Roads region, but across the Commonwealth of Virginia.  It is a platform for policy change.

Why The New E3 School?

Watch the video below and see for yourself!


Our curriculum, developed by The University of Virginia Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), focuses on science, technology, engineering, reading, the arts and math, otherwise known as “S.T.R.E.A.M.“ These six content areas are integrated into activities and projects throughout the day, weaving all the pieces of learning together to provide our students with a high quality early education experience.

The New E3 School engages children’s curiosity and interest in S.T.R.E.A.M. through hands-on activities, equipping children with the skills they need to be ready for later academic and life success.

What instructional approaches are used?

The most important aspects of high quality in early childhood classrooms are stimulating and supportive interactions between teachers and children and effective use of curricula. Children benefit most when teachers engage in stimulating interactions that support learning.  Recent evaluations tell us that effective use of the curricula focused on language development and literacy, math, science and social-emotional development provide a substantial boost to children upon kindergarten entry.

The school provides the most innovative and highest quality evidence-based curricula that focuses on integrating S.T.R.E.A.M.—science, technology, reading, engineering, the arts and math.  The role of the teacher is to facilitate project-based learning that includes the “soft skills” including: grit, optimism, curiosity, zest, social skills and self-control—that are highly predictive to success in school, life, and the work place.[i]

The school is a place where children, teachers and parents are eager to come every day. There are opportunities for parent-building and enrichment activities provided during after school hours in partnership with the Y on Granby and other community partners.

How many children does The New E3 School serve?

The school serves 104 students and  is open all day, year-round for children ages 1-5.

How are children selected for the program?

Please visit The New E3 School’s website to learn more about admissions.

What are some details of the building?

The New E3 School is a 10,300 square-foot, one-story building, with nine classrooms. Construction began in 2014 and the school opened its doors on February 2, 2015.  The building was designed by Tymoff+Moss Architects in Norfolk, and the general contractor was Hourigan Construction located in Richmond and Virginia Beach.

How will you measure results from The New E3 School educational experience?

A longitudinal study, in partnership with local schools and the University of Virginia, will track student outcomes through the third grade. We believe the results will make the case for policy makers that high quality early education can narrow the school readiness and achievement gap from kindergarten through third grade and demonstrate the long-term benefits of high quality early education.

The New E3 School aims for a $10,000 annual cost per child model. We believe that The New E3 School will prove investment in high quality early education programs is the best way to support improved academic outcomes in our K-12 system. The school is a catalyst for improving early education practice, informing policy and cultivating new public-private investments.

Do you have a regional board?

Our Board of Trustees is comprised of highly influential members of the community that use their talents and expertise to oversee governance, policy and fundraising.  We are so thankful that they devote their time and leadership to our children and school.

Want to learn more about the school?  Visit

Interested in admissions?  Click here to learn more about our enrollment process.


[i]Tough, Paul. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. 2012

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