Elk Hill Schools

Elk Hill hosts a graduation and awards ceremony at the end of each school year. High school seniors walk across the stage to shake hands with our Executive Director and receive their diploma. Some are smiling, others look serious, and all of them feel a combination of pride and accomplishment.

Before arriving at Elk Hill, these teens were locked in a cycle of failure. Many of them failed classes and had given up on school. Elk Hill gives these kids a safe place to find the courage to succeed. At our graduation ceremony we recognize their achievements. For us, each child who graduates, returns home, or goes on to live a productive and successful life is our most significant achievement. Each parent who creates a safe and loving home thanks to our intervention exemplifies our excellence. And every young child who stays in school and circumvents foster-care demonstrates our success.

Elk Hill has operated day schools in Goochland and Henrico Counties since 1975. Unlike most facilities for at-risk youth in these areas, our schools focus on providing students with an individualized education, vocational training, and a continuum of counseling and therapeutic services.

In Virginia, 14.1 % of all adults do not have a high school diploma, often because of reading difficulty. When teens come to us reading at low levels our reading specialist gives them individualized attention that increases their ability by an annual average of 1.5 grade levels. As their reading improves, their academic achievements grow and a pathway to gainful employment and success becomes clear.

In February 2009 the national unemployment rate for those without a high school diploma was 4.3 % higher than those with one. At Elk Hill, students explore various career options while working towards their high school diploma or GED. We train them in a variety of vocational fields and connect them to resources and mentors in the community.

However, attending school or going to work is not easy when life at home is difficult. Elk Hill’s Community Services program gets to the root of this problem. Our trained professional counselors and licensed therapists work with kids and their parents in school and at home, helping them develop positive coping and communication skills. They also support students transitioning into or on the verge of dropping out of public school, working with them in and outside the classroom. Our goal is to keep kids in school and have them become successful, contributing members of our community.


  • Individual & Positive Peer Group Problem Solving Discussions
  • On-site Therapy & Substance Abuse Services
  • Individualized Instruction Plan for all students
  • Emphasis on School as a Community
  • Active participation of students in the IEP Process
  • Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program (PBIS)
  • Therapeutic Day Treatment Services available
  • Emphasis on Positive Reinforcement and Problem-Solving including:
    • Student-Directed Phase (Level) System
    • Therapeutic Options: Self-Space, Choices Room
    • School Points Store & Incentives
    • School Uniform Policy

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

  • Sequential Education for Employment Program (EFE)
  • Official Work Keys Testing Site for Virginia
  • Career Readiness Certificates
  • WIN Employability Skills and Workers Readiness Skills Training
  • Individual Transition Planning for students
  • OSHA Workplace Safety Training
  • DMV Test Preparation & assistance with Photo IDs
  • Coordination with Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
  • Technical Training Units including:
    • “Go Green” Environmentally Safe
    • Custodial Training
    • Woodworking
    • Culinary Arts
    • Landscaping


  • Curriculum aligned with Virginia Standards of Learning grades 6-12
  • Standard, Modified, and Special Diploma tracks
  • State-approved ISAEP Program for GED preparation
  • Work Keys/Alternative SOL Testing Site
  • Opportunity to earn 8 credits within a school year
  • Student Computer Labs
  • Pre and Post Educational Assessments
  • Opportunities for PSAT and SAT Testing
  • One-on-One Reading Intervention Program


  • Participation in organized area Sports League (RASSL)
  • Success oriented activities
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Summer School and Summer Camp Programs
  • Student Employment Program / Work Co-ops
  • Monthly Group Challenges: Academic, Adventure, Fitness, Team Building
  • Service Learning Program
  • Experiential Education Weeks
  • Personal Development Elective Courses with Skill
  • Streaming Social Skills Instruction


  • Licensed, experienced Educational Staff
  • Special Ed. + Content Area Endorsed Teachers
  • Licensed Career & Technical Education Teachers
  • On-going Staff Development Activities each year
  • Highly Qualified Mental Health Professionals on Staff for Day Treatment Services
  • 8-to-1 Student-Teacher Ratio


Core Values

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Hard Work
  • Education
  • Courage

The Harambee School at Elk Hill Farm

The Harambee School at Elk Hill Farm
  • Boy Scout Troop 739
  • Day & Residential Education Options Available
  • Therapeutic Day Treatment Options
  • Vocational Center
  • ServSafe Food Service Training and Culinary Arts Program
  • Landscaping Program
  • Carpentry Program
  • 300 Acre Rural Campus
  • Swimming Pool, Gymnasium, Weight Room
  • Breakfast & lunch served daily
  • Multi-Faith Sanctuary
Latisha Perkins, M.Ed.
Head of School
The Harambee School
at Elk Hill Farm
1975 Elk Hill Road
Goochland, VA 23063
office: (804) 457-4866

Varina Day School

Varina Day School computer lab
  • Standard, Modified, and Special Diploma Tracks and GED Program
  • Therapeutic Day Treatment Options
  • Vocational Lab
  • Carpentry Program
  • Custodial Skills Training
  • Student Computer Labs
  • 30 Acre Rural Campus
  • Spacious Classrooms
  • Catered Lunches
  • Weight Room & Basketball Court
Derrick Johnson, M. Ed.
Head of School
Varina Day School
8151 Warriner Road
Richmond, VA 23231
office: (804) 795-7392

Charlottesville Day School

Charlottesville Day School
  • Environmental Science
  • Music Education Program
  • Standard, Modified, and Special Diploma Tracks
  • State Approved GED Program
  • Therapeutic Day Treatment Options
  • Centrally Located in Charlottesville
  • Spacious Classrooms
  • Catered Lunches
  • Accessible to Community Resources
Darlene Ferguson, Ed.S.
Head of School
Charlottesville Day School
1819 Emmett Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901
office: (434) 328-2362