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SunTrust volunteers teach lessons in financial literacy

Volunteer experts from Suntrust came to Brook Road Academy and gave an educational presentation in financial literacy to our students.  Topics included budgeting, setting personal financial goals, investing, and long-term and short-term savings.  Our community partners like SunTrust are vital to Brook Road’s mission of preparing students for life after high school.  We are grateful for their time […]

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New student-driven school newsletter launches

We’re proud to introduce the Brook Road Beat, our school newsletter with the latest news straight from our students and faculty.  Participating students are given the opportunity to reflect on the lessons they’ve learned in class and put those thoughts into written words for publication.  They did a great job! Look for our next edition soon! Click […]

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Alternatives to traditional public school

Many people feel they have no choices when it comes to choosing a school for their children. They may feel they are stuck in a failing school because their home is zoned for a sub-par school district. Perhaps they feel that tutoring after school is the only way to help a student who is not […]

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Introducing new class “The Jewels of Western Culture”

The following is written by a Brook Road Academy student. The newest addition to the Brook Road Academy course catalogue is informally known as “culture class.” It is mostly about traditional classical music and famous artwork. We began by studying three great composers of polyphony:  Guilliaume Dufay, Thomas Tallis, and Giovanni Palestrina.  Polyphony is the […]

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Students learn about music industry on field trip to In Your Ear studio

Students toured In Your Ear music studio and met with composer/studio owner Carlos Chafin to learn about careers in the music industry.  They learned about scoring soundtracks for film and video games, studio equipment, and recording and editing live music. In Your Ear has recorded soundtracks and voice overs for major movies and TV shows, including Pirates of […]

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Help – My Child Doesn’t Fit In At School

Every parent wants their children to succeed in school, both academically and socially. Building friendships and a peer support group is an important part of your child’s education and impacts their self-esteem, confidence and their grades as well. Some kids are social butterflies by nature and have no problem finding their place in the social […]

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Applied Physics students rebuild outdoor classroom

Retired Brook Road Academy physics teacher Dan Hansen (right) volunteers his time to teach an Applied Physics elective class.  Our students are enjoying hands-on learning activities, like rebuilding the school’s outdoor classroom in time for spring!

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Culinary Arts program prepares students for working world

The wide variety of amenities and resources available on the campus of St. Joseph’s Villa provide our students with learning experiences outside of the classroom that they might not find anywhere else. One longstanding favorite is the test kitchen in the Villa’s Culinary Arts Center.  Here, Brook Road Academy students can learn how to use kitchen equipment, gain food […]

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What is a non-traditional curriculum high school?

If your child is not thriving in a traditional high school you might be wondering what alternative education options are available to you. Perhaps you feel that the standardized curriculum has a narrow focus and you’d like your son to explore personal areas of interest. Maybe your daughter seems to be more engaged in her […]

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Students get a feel for the college experience on VCU tour

Through the Villa’s Career and Transition Services program, Brook Road Academy students toured Virginia Commonwealth University with Head of Academy Jeff Carretto, and learned first-hand from VCU student volunteers about life on a college campus.  Our students attended a college class, ate in the dining hall, and participated in a project where they worked on their presentation […]

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COVID-19 UPDATE: BROOK ROAD ACADEMY CLOSED FOR REMAINDER OF 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR – READ MORE