Our Admissions staff is ready to help you with your questions or your referral for placement at The Discovery School.
It is our desire to ensure that our services can meet the needs of a prospective student. The more information we have, the better we can determine our ability to appropriately serve the student. Information requested during the admission process may include:
assessments on intellectual functioning and educational needs
records of grade placement, academic history, and academic transcripts
details about the family’s current life situation and any custody issues
health history and any recent psychological evaluation
Tours and Interviews
We also ask parents/guardians to tour our campus along with the prospective student if possible. We use this as an opportunity for in-person interviews and information-sharing. We have learned over the years that touring in advance helps everyone gain a better understanding of the experiences that may be expected of them. That leads to a smoother adjustment after enrollment. Campus tours/interviews are scheduled weekdays between 9:00 AM. and 3:00 PM.
Exceptions to the tour requirement may be made when there are safety concerns or great distances involved. In those cases, we will make our acceptance decision based upon the materials we have received and phone interviews with parents/guardians that take place. Further, when a prospective student is in the custody of a state agency, we may ask to conduct an in-person interview at their current placement instead of our campus to keep from disrupting that placement.
Applications and Acceptance
At the time a student is accepted, an application packet will need to be completed. Admission dates are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and will be arranged at the time an admission packet is completed and the student is ready for placement. An acceptance letter is provided at the time an admission decision has been made.
The Discovery School of Virginia
PO Box 1160
Dillwyn, VA 23936
All students must be physically able to participate in the outdoor living program and have at least an average IQ.
At admission, many students are reported to be emotionally immature for their age. Most are experiencing ongoing frustration or failure in their traditional or non-traditional academic settings. Lack of success in school may be linked to a specific learning disability, attention deficits, hyperactivity, lack of motivation, poor study skills and habits, behavioral problems, or emotional difficulties. These difficulties may originate from unresolved emotional and developmental issues, grief and loss, or family issues. Students frequently have histories of disobeying school and parental rules. Some students present with a mental health diagnosis and have medication needs. Prospective students with any history of criminal charges are screened closely since the school prioritizes the safety and well-being of all its students and staff.