Dominion Academy

Dominion Academy is a therapeutic day school for children who are in need of a smaller school setting due to a lack of success in a large public school environment or who are otherwise in need of an alternative school setting.
Currently, all of the students have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and are associated with a disability related to academics and or behavior.
Our goal is to provide a therapeutic setting in which our students can learn to identify the areas of weakness, strengthen them through staff support and return to public school if appropriate or to complete their education with us.
Our focus is both on behavior/emotional improvement and academic success. Students receive individual and group counseling throughout the week and older students receive vocational skills and career prepatory training.
Our behavioral system is based on Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, where a student is reinforced for exhibiting positive choices and redirected/retaught when negative choices occur.
We have a full time Behavior Specialist, full time Academic/Reading Interventionist, two full time social workers/therapists, a school psychologist, and teachers and staff who have experience in working with students with atypical needs.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 1-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedAutism,Developmental Delay, Emotional Disability, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability (Dyslexia, Dyscalcula), Speech or Language Impairment
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesFunding for summer ESY program is paid by CSA?FAPT

Student Body

Total Students58 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Dominion Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers8 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size9 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesFunding for Special Ed. students provided by CSA/FAPT
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJoshua Lutz
Admissions AssociateFaith Thomas


Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Flag Football, Track and FieldBasketballFlag Football,
Track and Field

School Notes

  • Students must have an IEP that allows for placement in a private day school if the local school division is going to pay tuition for placement at our school.  If the student has an IEP that does not indicate private day placement or does not have an IEP, tuition is the responsibility of the parent.
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  • Richmond
    The New Community School
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School Reviews

I rate this school as a 10/ 10. The reasons for this high ranking are that she I am very impressed with the constructive, stimulating environment, the philosophy of positivereinforcement, the way Mr. Lutz and his staff inspire my child and the other students, andthe fact that they are able to help students flourish and develop their critical thinkingskills. Mr. Lutz has made the IEP process a positive experience andI love that he is so hands on with the students and very responsive if any issues arise.My child is actually excited to come back to the academy on school days because my childthoroughly enjoys his time there and loves to be more challenged.Dominion Academy has really helped my child explore untapped potential. My child is night and day from the first day."I am very grateful and delighted that the academy has given my child the basic skillsessential to becoming successful in the community. I highlyrecommend Dominion Academy to any parent seeking similar services for yourchildren.
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