Charlottesville School


The Elk Hill Charlottesville School serves up to 44 young people grades K-12 from all across the greater Charlottesville region. For a detailed program description, please view our schools brochure below.

School Calendar


New for 2018-2019 School Year



Elk Hill Charlottesville School continues to grow and progress since first opening its doors to 10 students in 2010.  The EHCS staff and administration work hard to enable children and families to transform overwhelming challenges into successful futures.  Through specialized education tailored to each individual student, EHCS strives to provide our students with opportunities to succeed in their academic endeavors as well as providing a safe environment conducive for personal growth and development. 

Schools - first day


If you would like to visit our school, please contact the school or schedule a tour

Only at Charlottesville

We’re proud to offer a number of features unique to this location:

  • A succesful Elementary program serving up to 10 children K-6.
  • Partnerships with the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Center and Music Resource Center, helping students learn everything from Green Energy Design to how to produce a podcast.
  • Partnerships with local businesses and entrepreneurs for students to explore local commerce and workforce opportunities.
  • A robust Environmental Science Program and Environmental Leadership Projects.
  • Robotics Club
  • GoLEAD! youth leadership training and service projects

Dawn Gillette

Head of Charlottesville School

[email protected] // (434) 220-7198 x 102

Ms. Dawn Gillette brings over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, direct client service, and education to the Charlottesville School. She began her career in development, including fundraising and volunteer management, in Portland, Oregon. Dawn managed a mentoring program for parenting teens on the Big Island of Hawai’i and moved on to in-home direct service to new parents when she moved to Charlottesville in 2002. She started her work in the field of education as a direct provider of therapeutic day treatment services and earned her Master of Education degree in Special Education while working as a special education teacher and case manager.