The Discovery School of Virginia

PO Box 1160, Dillwyn, VA 23936

Maintaining separate campuses for boys and girls, Discovery School enrolls students who have various emotional, behavioral and learning problems. Eligible pupils have at least an average IQ and the physical capacity to engage in the school's outdoor living program. While boys and girls are typically considered immature for their age, they are able to function in a group setting and they are capable of developing mutually supportive relationships. Candidates for enrollment have experienced ongoing frustration or failure in traditional—and perhaps in other nontraditional—school settings. This lack of success may stem from specific learning disabilities, attentional disorders, hyperactivity, lack of motivation, poor study skills, behavioral problems or emotional issues. Academics for each student commence with enrollment in an experiential program designed to help the individual work on emotional/behavioral goals while also preparing for formal academic instruction. Once pupils make sufficient progress in reaching their goals, they begin attending individualized formal classes that offer flexibility in pacing and rigor. Residential activities are integral to the program. Each small, gender-segregated group lives on a campsite with two adult group leaders. All residents follow a daily routine, with each week's work and recreational activities determined by a group vote. The community schedules group meetings to organize the group, resolve interpersonal issues and evaluate the group's performance after each activity. The school accepts the following conditions: ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, Conduct Disorder, Emotional Disturbances, Learning Differences, Mood Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Differences, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, School Phobia, Substance Abuse.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Prep, General Academic, Underachiever, Special Education
Grade RangeBoarding — Coed Ages 11-17
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full AddressPO Box 1160, Dillwyn, VA 23936
Telephone434-983-5616
Fax434-983-5617
Year Established1998
Legal StatusInc
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorChris Yates
Applications DueRolling
Total Enrollment60
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