About Us

At The Discovery Schools of Virginia, we’re committed to providing long term, trauma informed, best care to hurting adolescents and their families.  Our relationship based approach develops autonomy, identity, connection and wisdom in the adolescents we work with.  

Since 1998, The Discovery Schools of Virginia has been proud to have dedicated ourselves to taking an individualized approach to developing positive change in our students.


Welcome to The Discovery Schools of Virginia

Over 20 Years of Providing Hope and Healing for Adolescents and Families


Transformation to a Positive Future

Enrollment at The Discovery School of Virginia can provide the time and space necessary to develop new interpersonal tools and skills to grow and succeed.  We seek to teach our students there is a positive future they can skillfully navigate with honesty, perseverance, cooperation, responsibility and integrity.

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Program Organization

The Boy's school consists of a 318-acre campus in the rolling hills  with three self-sustaining campsites with eight to twelve boys at each site, while the Girl's school possesses a 150-acre campus with two campsites surrounded by the Cumberland State Forest.  

Life at the School centers on the campsite group, as the students learn to live, play, and work cooperatively with each other to create a positive campsite experience.  Experienced staff work with groups and individual students throughout the day, focusing the group and individual members on integrity, tangible accomplishments, and accountability. 


Why Discovery School Works?

Our highly successful approach starts with our environment.  Physical and emotional safety are the foundations for internal emotional regulation.  Next we provide opportunities for building genuine  self-esteem through tangible accomplishments. Once a child's self concept improves, genuine and authentic healing relationships can develop between nurturing staff, students and therapists. Experienced Licensed Professional Counselors are available to assist with addressing specific clinical issues and facilitate family counseling.



We offer a quality, private education at the middle and high school levels.


We believe education should be valued, and as students grow emotionally, desire for education increases.  Academics are not limited to the traditional classroom. Academic success begins with readiness and a developing sense of purpose. While students are with their campsite groups, they are immersed in an experiential outdoor education program for which they are able to obtain academic credits. The experiential program stresses fundamental living and basic academic skills. In this program they have an opportunity to work on emotional and behavioral goals as well as develop the ability to apply academic skills in practical ways as the group plans and carries out its daily activities.  As students demonstrate progress in the experiential program, they begin to transition incrementally to full days in the formal classroom program.

In the formal academic program, our students experience the benefits of a small classes and individualized instruction. They are encouraged to become successful in areas where they formerly struggled. Individualized instruction allows students to spend additional time on topics that are difficult while quickly completing those areas where they excel.


Licenses and Accreditations

At The Discovery Schools of Virginia we are committed to offering quality treatment and education.  We are accredited through the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Council of Private Education, the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities and Cognia.  Furthermore we are a long-standing member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.


Contact Us

Boy's Campus

PO Box 1160

Dillwyn, VA 23936

Girl's Campus

PO Box 1159

Dillwyn, VA 23936

434-983-5616 (Boy's Campus)

434-983-2003 (Girl's Campus)

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