Education is at the heart of everything we do. Whether it’s academic education for children or job training and life skills for adults, we tailor our approach to each student’s learning style.

Our instructional team is licensed by the Virginia Department of Education and is passionate about helping our students learn, grow and thrive.

Brook Road Academy

Located on the Villa campus, Brook Road Academy is a non-traditional, college-preparatory middle and high school. We provide a holistic approach to education to a diverse group of students who haven’t been successful in traditional classrooms.

To maintain an intimate learning environment, we cap total school enrollment for grades 7 through 12 at 50 students. This allows teachers to focus on each student’s individual needs and form strong relationships with their families.

In addition to working with our students’ unique talents and learning styles to help them find their place in the greater community, our teachers understand that learning is about engagement.

Our students take responsibility for their education and set their own goals for learning. As a result, their GPAs typically increase from previous schools and many move on to higher education.

Brook Road Academy is fully licensed and accredited.

Click here to download a fact sheet about Brook Road Academy.

Learn more about our school on the Brook Road Academy website, follow Brook Road on Facebook, or call 804-553-3354.

Dooley School at St. Joseph’s Villa

Dooley School at St. Joseph’s Villa is one of our longest-running services.  We are small enough to meet the individual needs of students and large enough to provide a high-quality educational and social experience. As a K-12 school, we primarily serve students diagnosed with emotional disabilities, specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities and other health impairments.  Staff-to-student ratio ranges from 1:6 to 1:8 depending on disabilities being served in the classroom.

Local school systems place students with Dooley School at St. Joseph’s Villa to help address academic and behavioral challenges.  Students have access to the Villa’s integrated support services to prepare them for a life of independence beyond school.  Counselors on staff help students develop self-esteem, learn how to build relationships and be successful in their community.

Click here to download a fact sheet about Dooley School at St. Joseph’s Villa.

To reach Dooley School faculty, please call 804-553-3265.

Dooley Center for Alternative Education

Dooley Center for Alternative Education serves middle and high school students who have been suspended or expelled from public school, or are returning from a state learning center. The curriculum covers all areas of academic study while stressing the importance of making positive choices and providing students with support and guidance within a structured environment. We strive to help students successfully transition back to their public schools. Staff to student ratio is 1:10.

To reach Dooley Center for Alternative Education faculty, please call 804-553-3291.

Career and Transition Services

Our Career and Transition Services (CATS) program helps youth and young adults acquire the skills they need for employment. We help those with severe emotional, behavioral and academic challenges as well as those with moderate to severe developmental disabilities.

Our goal is to help each participant envision and attain a productive and stimulating future. To do this, our staff conduct an initial assessment and help the participant create a plan. Participants gain problem solving, communication, and networking skills as well as knowledge of career and life opportunities through classroom instruction and hands-on experience in our innovative on-campus work centers:

  • Culinary program
  • Community garden
  • Student snack preparation program
  • Campus-wide shredding program
  • Recycling program

We also partner with local businesses and colleges to give participants experience in real-world work and education environments through the Villa Pros career mentoring program.

St. Joseph’s Villa is approved by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) as a provider of rehabilitative services, including Work Adjustment Training.

For more information, please email Matthew Kreydatus, Director of Career and Transition Services, or call 804-553-3224

Click here to download a fact sheet about our CATS program.