Learning Specialized Education

The goal is to transition students back to public school or graduate ready for their adult lives.

VHBG’s John G. Wood School (JGW) is a fully-accredited K-12 private day school that has been serving students since 1974. JGW is just the right size to serve students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) who have demonstrated that they cannot be successful in a public school setting due to emotional and behavioral health challenges, usually resulting from the trauma they have experienced such as abuse, neglect, homelessness, and bereavement. 

JGW’s specialized education is based on the philosophy that youth can best succeed where there is a concern for the total individual. Each classroom has a lead teacher and a behavioral coach who work as a team to provide academic and behavioral support.

Staff members are trained in evidence-based practices to be empathetic to a student’s actions, and to intervene in a positive way when a student is exhibiting the effects of trauma.

Some residents of VHBG’s group homes attend JGW in addition to students who commute from multiple localities in the Richmond region.

VHBG’s John G. Wood School is accredited by VAISEF, whose accreditation process has been approved by the Virginia Council for Private Education as authorized by the Virginia State Board of Education. JGW is licensed by the Virginia DOE and aligned with Virginia SOLs. Teachers and trained behavior coaches incorporate the Teaching-Family model into the curriculum.

Therapeutic Resources

Disability Categories Served

Emotional Disability
Intellectual Disability
Other Health Impairment
Specific Learning Disability
Speech or Language Impairment

JGW Culinary 2

Services We Offer

Individual and group counseling as needed
Positive behavior support program
Full-time art teacher
Reading Specialist
Educational outings
Community volunteer projects
CTE Classes (Culinary Arts)
Richmond Alternative School Sports League (RASSL)