Charterhouse School Opens New Classroom For Students With Autism

Credit: Charterhouse School

RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) — Charterhouse School, an educational service of UMFS, has opened the doors to a new classroom designed specifically for high school students in Central Virginia with autism and other neurological differences such as traumatic brain injury, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome and more.

“We are seeing an increasing number of children and teenagers in Richmond diagnosed with some type of neurological difference,” said Wade Puryear, vice president of education for Charterhouse School. “With this growing need in our community, this was an opportunity to expand our current program with the goal of empowering these young people in ways that help them learn and grow both academically and socially.”

The new social studies classroom is equipped with enough instructional space for eight students. Charterhouse now has the space to serve up to 32 students with autism and other neurological differences. Each student benefits from an 8:2 student-to-staff ratio. The classroom will also be equipped with one laptop per student, several iPads and an interactive SMART Board.

The program emphasizes integrating technology and digital online learning to ensure that students are set up for success as they return to public school or move on to college and careers.

“Previously, Charterhouse School’s neurological differences program provided blended instruction in the core content areas of English, math, social studies and science,” Puryear said. “We now have the capability of offering a dedicated classroom and specialized instruction for each content area by adding a new social studies teacher to our team.”

In addition to core subjects, the program’s curriculum emphasizes working with students to develop positive relationships. Each student works closely with a behavior support and intervention specialist and therapeutic coach on relationship-building skills, setting goals and determining the best path to achieving those goals.

Families interested in learning more about programs at Charterhouse School can call 804.239.1080 x129, or email

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