Dream it, Plan it, Create it!
Midlothian, VA In the mid-1980’s Louise Bagwell-Robinson and her family moved from Pittsburgh, PA to Brandermill, located in fast growing Chesterfield County. Louise held a doctorate in education and had experience teaching students at all grades. She began inquiring about educational options for students, particularly her daughter, and quickly learned that the choices were either the rapidly burgeoning public system or private schools located a good distance from Midlothian. Her inquiries turned into meetings with leaders in education and the community, and ultimately led to her dream of starting an independent school.
The journey of Millwood School began in earnest a full year before the doors opened to students in September 1989. Starting a school is no small feat. There’s a location to be secured, a curriculum to develop, teachers to hire, and students to enroll, and even a name to be chosen. Due to the proximity to the Brandermill and Woodlake developments, Millwood was chosen as a nod to them.
It was Louise’s absolute “can-do” attitude that enabled her dream to become a reality. She gained the interest and full cooperation of Mr. Gary Fenchuk, president of East West Communities, who agreed that the Midlothian area needed an independent school option for families. The original site of Millwood School was three “temporary buildings” located near Sunday Park. There were leased from East West Communities. The beautiful 2.5 acre wooded site was only a preview of beautiful sites to come.
In September of 1989, Millwood’s doors opened on a small tract of land with three trailers and 20 students. Louise’s dream to establish a local learning environment where children are nurtured, challenged, and encouraged to reach their highest potential was being realized. Within three years, increased enrollment caused the school to outgrow this site. Millwood moved in 1992 to the corner of Genito and Old Hundred Roads in a former corporate headquarters of Pizza Hut Corporation.