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Notes for Prospective Students
The mission of Carlbrook School is to provide resources that help
bright, underachieving students turn challenges into opportunities
- in other words, to assist students and families that were
previously struggling academically and socially and allow them to
regain focus and go on to pursue mainstream secondary and
collegiate academics. The founding Board of Regents of
Carlbrook School share firm the conviction that character education
is a potent modality that can make indelible positive impressions
on students not performing to their potential, particularly when
incorporated in an overall curriculum designed to stimulate
intellectual, social, and personal development.
Based in large part
on our collective experience, we are committed to the creation and
maintenance of an educational environment that promotes and
facilitates problem solving, time management, prioritization,
intellectual curiosity, self-discovery and physical fitness.
Our belief is that a college preparatory school must provide
realistic preparation for the social as well as the academic
challenges of a college or university.
As such, Carlbrook
School provides its students with a rich, varied and challenging
curriculum designed to stimulate curiosity, inspire exploration of
unfamiliar disciplines, and make continual progress toward explicit
academic and personal goals.
All coursework focuses on helping
students learn to think both methodically and conceptually, while
introducing them to topics typically reserved for collegiate
study. Course selections include three foreign languages,
advanced math and science courses, a wide variety of English and
literature offerings, and an interdisciplinary physical education
and health curriculum.
Additional selections include national and
world history, classics and humanities, social sciences and
The school also offers multiple classes in the fine
arts as well as several AP and dual-enrollment courses for those
students whose abilities and achievement warrant such
The environment at Carlbrook School affords us a unique opportunity
to provide intensive therapeutic support from a variety of angles
on a daily basis, and allows us to create a climate conducive to
academic and personal achievement.
Building healthy relationships
both with and among our students is central to the therapeutic
approach at Carlbrook.
It is this relational model that is at
the core of how we facilitate growth and change.
hard work allow for the trust and self-acceptance that are so
critical to the development of young minds, particularly those that
are skeptical of the status quo.
Emphasis is placed on enhancing
student confidence and encouraging the development of
self-discipline, motivation, interpersonal skills, prioritization
and healthy peer interaction.Family participation also remains a
critical component of programming, with increased opportunities for
parents to interact with their children throughout the course of
Frequent family visits to campus, as well as the
addition of several conferences for parents creates an increased
atmosphere for familial involvement and growth, believed to
significantly impact the overall success of students following
graduation from Carlbrook.
Carlbrook School is accredited by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools and the Virginia Council for Private
Education, and is a member of the Secondary School Admission Test
Board the Small Boarding Schools Association, and the Educational