The Harambee School at Elk Hill


The Harambee School at Elk Hill Farm serves young people grades 6-12 from all across the Central Virginia region. For a detailed program description, please view our schools brochure below.

School Calendar



Only at Harambee

We’re proud to offer a number of features unique to this location:

  • Experiential Education model where students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences and self-reflection
  • Career and Technical Education Center preparing 21st century learners with job readiness skills and opportunities to earn various industry certifications.
  • Swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room, outdoor sporting and play area, all on a 300 acre rural campus for Fit and Fun Challenges
  • A professional staff with a total of over 135 years of service dedicated to our Elk Hill students and the community
  • Day and Residential options available

Did you know?

Harambee means “pulling together for the greater good” in Swahili – a reflection of our focus on teamwork and community.

Harambee mural


Mr. Pete Glessman

Head of Harambee School

[email protected] // (804) 457-4866 x 316

Pete Glessman joined Elk Hill in 2016. He is the Head of School in Goochland and Farming Program Director. Mr. Glessman earned his BA from Syracuse University and his MA in Anthropology and MA in Teaching from Binghamton University. He has decades of experience working with at risk youth in both the public and private sector of education as a teacher, grade-level administrator, assistant principal, principal and program director. Mr. Glessman has over a decade of experience working in small-scale agriculture, working both on the farm, marketing, and selling produce. He is a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener and works with the Monacan Soil and Water Conservation District, the Goochland and Powhatan offices of the Virginia Cooperative Extension and is an active participant in the Beginning Farmers program through the Extension office. Mr. Glessman is also a writer and contributor to articles for the Master Gardeners Association about various agricultural topics.