Dominion Academy

Dominion Academy is a therapeutic day school for special education children who are in need of a smaller school setting due to a lack of success in a large public school environment. Students typically have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) from their home school division. The student’s home county Children’s Services Act (CSA) and Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) typically provides funding for school tuition and fees for special education students. Students who are not enrolled in special education may apply as private pay option students. The goal of all staff at Dominion Academy is to provide a therapeutic setting in which students can learn to identify any areas of weakness, strengthen them through staff support, and return to public school when appropriate. Class sizes are limited to a maximum of ten students and each classroom is staffed by a licensed teacher and a teacher’s assistant. Behavior specialists are available for both the elementary and secondary levels to assist students in class, out of class, and during transition periods. All staff and students are encouraged to remain focused on our four F.I.R.E. guidelines – Focus, Integrity, Respect, and Effort in both academic and behavioral areas. The entire school uses a well developed system of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to assist students in making appropriate behavioral choices.

Students receive educational services from our Virginia licensed teachers and also receive group and individual therapeutic counseling from our licensed or license-eligible counselors. The level of services and type are determined by the student’s IEP, which is created by the IEP committee consisting of a school representative, zoned public school official, parent, student, teacher and any other participants deemed necessary to write an effective plan.

Dominion Academy offers the core academic subjects, physical education, art, music and a pre-vocational program for 11th and 12th grade students. Dominion Academy is fully accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Special Education Facilities (VAISEF), licensed by the Department of Education, and follows the Virginia Standards of Learning to prepare our students to take the required SOL tests at the end of the year. Our therapeutic counseling service teaches students about social skills, anger management, conflict resolution, impulse control and other skills that an individual student may need to achieve success.

Initial referrals of special education students must be made by the student’s home school division. To learn more about the Academy, to schedule a tour, or to inquire about current openings for students, please contact the School Director, Joshua Lutz, at

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