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Education is at the heart of everything we do.

From academic education to college prep and job training, 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

Brook Road Academy is a non-traditional, college-preparatory private school serving grades 7-12. We provide holistic education for a diverse group of students who haven’t been successful in traditional classrooms. To maintain a personalized learning environment, we cap total school enrollment at 50 students. This allows teachers to focus on the individual needs, interests and strengths of our students while building strong relationships with their families.

At Brook Road Academy, learning is about engagement. Our conversational approach helps students gain confidence in expressing their opinions and develop traits of self-advocacy, collaboration, problem solving and leadership that last a lifetime. As a result, students’ GPAs typically increase from previous schools and many move on to higher education.

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Dooley School at St. Joseph’s Villa

Dooley School 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 to help address academic and behavioral challenges. Counselors on staff help students develop self-esteem, learn how to build relationships and be successful in their community.

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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.

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Recent News

Abigail Spanberger at SJV

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger visits SJV

We enjoyed having Congresswoman Spanberger for a tour of our campus and discussion of how our programs are meeting critical community needs. Students were thrilled by her visit!

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Adam Dreyfus in Russia

Villa Autism Center Director Adam Dreyfus presents research findings abroad

Following international presentations in France, Pakistan, Belarus, and Nevis, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism Director Adam Dreyfus recently journeyed to Russia to collaborate with autism educators and professionals from around

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Bezos Day 1 Families Fund

Villa receives $1.25M Bezos Day 1 Families Fund grant to end family homelessness

St. Joseph’s Villa, a 30-year provider of housing and homeless services in central Virginia, has been selected to receive a $1.25 million grant from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund. 

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