Sullins Academy is a coeducational independent day school with approximately 165 students in preschool through eighth grade. The school sits on a 32 acre campus in a residential area.  

Sullins was founded in 1966 by Rev. Charles E. Bledsoe and a group of visionary parents. From day one, our philosophy has been to develop the minds and character of our students, and we have done just that for 50 years.

Each student is unique and will learn in different ways. We challenge our students to push themselves, but we do so in an environment that is supportive, nurturing, and encouraging. We provide an environment where each child is known and can be met where they are. Sullins expects a lo​t from our students, and they deliver - everything we do here is to motivate our students to realize their potential.

Students at Sullins flourish. They are communicators. They are creative and critical thinkers. They are of strong character and have giving hearts. They are confident leaders. At the end of their eighth grade year, our graduates leave Sullins well equipped with the tools to learn, grow, and thrive in high school and beyond.



22218 Sullins Academy Drive

Bristol, Virginia 24201

Phone: 276.669.4101

Fax: 276.669.4294



Head of School

Mr. Roy Vermillion

Academic Support Coordinator

Mrs. Susan Ruble


Accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) 

Founded: 1966

Enrollment: 172

Families: 105

Campus: 32 acres

Operating Expenses: $1.6 MM

Sullins Fund: $250,000

Religious Affiliation: None




Students: 172

59% boys, 41% girls

Average Class Size: 11

Average Student/Faculty Ratio:

Primary: 8-1

Lower School: 12-1

Middle School: 10-1

Students Receiving Financial Support: 21%




25 Faculty and Staff

            21 Faculty

              4 Administrative Staff

Average Teaching Experience:

17 years

Average Tenure at Sullins:

6 years

Advanced Degrees: 52% of faculty



Arrival and Dismissal

Students may arrive in Early Room beginning at 7:30am before classrooms open at 8:00am. The tardy bell rings at 8:15am. Dismissal is at 3:00pm


After School Program

Sullins offers an after school program, SOAR, from 3:15 - 5:30pm.  


Dress Code

Students wear a classic dress uniform on Mondays for the school wide assembly. The dress code on Tuesdays through Friday is more relaxed with a wider range of choices. Visit the dress code listed under Parent Resources and Sullins' Lands' End uniform site.

School Code: 9000-3301-0

Snacks and Lunch

Primary and Lower School students may pack a morning and/or afternoon snack.

Snack time will be determined by each individual teacher.

Lunch is divided into two lunch periods. Students may pack their lunch, or hot lunches are available to be pre-ordered each month.