Specialized Education

John G. Wood SchoolFor kindergarten through grade 12

**Click here** COVID-19 Pandemic Health and Safety Plan for Reopening School

Special note: all staff, students, and visitors will be screened daily upon arrival to campus and John G. Wood School for COVID 19 symptoms. 

We are pleased to announce a $1Million total renovation of our 13,816 square foot dining hall facility. We’re thankful to our loyal and generous VHBG donors who made this renovation possible. Construction began in the spring of 2020 to the building that was built in 1966 and has been used on a daily basis ever since. While we can’t wait for you to see it in person, we wanted you to get a “taste” of this wonderful and innovative campus space. Please enjoy this virtual tour video of our new dining hall. 

A special message from our principal, Brendan Folmar: As the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, be assured that VHBG leadership is making sure we continue to provide high-quality care to the youth we serve. The safety and well-being of our youth, their families and guardians, our staff, and the community are always central to our mission. We are meeting daily to plan and oversee VHBG’s operations in light of this situation. We are following guidelines from both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

For more information about our JGW School, please watch this video from our principal, Brendan Folmar.

Our specialized school, John G. Wood (JGW), is just the right size to teach students with emotional and behavioral challenges that impact their academic success. Small student-teacher ratios accommodate individual learning styles with a goal to transition students back to their public school as soon as possible. JGW includes a broad range of courses for children in kindergarten through grade 12 and Extended School Year (ESY) services are available during the summer. Some residents of VHBG’s group homes attend JGW in addition to students who commute from multiple localities in the Richmond region.

VAISEFVHBG’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.

Students take a full range of academic courses that include CTE classes, online courses, and electives with the ability to earn or work toward a Standard, Alternative, or General Education Diploma (GED). Self-contained classrooms are also available for more intensive support. Students get physical activity through the use of our gymnasium, playing fields, swing set equipment, and indoor recreation room. Each child receives the support they need to be successful including school supplies and lunch/snack every day.

Additionally, we offer:

  • individual and group counseling as needed
  • positive behavior support program
  • full-time art teacher
  • reading specialist
  • educational outings
  • community volunteer projects
  • therapy dog services
  • Richmond Alternative School Sports League (RASSL)
Brendan Folmar Principal John G. Wood Specialized School
Brendan Folmar
Principal, JGW

Brendan A. Folmar is the principal of our John G. Wood specialized K-12 school. Mr. Folmar has worked more than 28 years in central Virginia with similar residential youth treatment facilities.  He has numerous endorsements and certifications in administration and supervision including PreK-12 education with a specialization in emotional disturbance, learning disabilities, and crisis prevention. At John G. Wood School, we teach academic, social, emotional, and behavioral skills using a caring and nurturing approach. Our approach combined with Mr. Folmar’s vast experience in trauma-informed care gives our children the tools and support they need to achieve their goals. Mr. Folmar currently serves on the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF) Board and the VAISEF Accreditation Committee. He has a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Virginia State University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the California University of Pennsylvania.

For additional information on John G. Wood, contact Dianne Glenn at (804) 270-6566 ext. 1680. To find more information and for admissions, click here.

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