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Culinary Arts program prepares students for working world

Posted on February 22, 2016
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 preparation techniques, and even make dishes with fresh ingredients harvested from the adjacent garden. Alina ...Read More

What is a non-traditional curriculum high school?

Posted on February 17, 2016
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 education when she has the freedom to learn at her own pace. All of these ...Read More

Students get a feel for the college experience on VCU tour

Posted on February 12, 2016
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 skills.  The day was a tremendous educational experience as the time approaches to think about ...Read More

Student artists’ work to be displayed in ART 180 exhibition

Posted on February 5, 2016
Instructors from ART 180 visited Brook Road Academy each week throughout the fall semester to provide our students' with a fun and therapeutic outlet for self-expression.  With their help, students had the opportunity to explore their identity and emotions through photography. They had a great time learning different art techniques, while learning about themselves at the same time. Our students' artwork will be on display at ART 180's "Every Color is an Idea" exhibition ...Read More

Brook Road Academy to begin Career Choices curriculum for 8th & 9th graders

Posted on January 29, 2016
Brook Road Academy is initiating a new program for our 8th and 9th grade students known as Career Choices.  Career Choices is an award-winning curriculum that engages students in an interactive learning process to prepare them for life after graduation as well as explore possible career options. This new curriculum aligns with our school philosophy of helping students achieve more than academic success - we help students discover their passions and build the ...Read More

I’m Not Sure Public School Is Right for My Child

Posted on January 25, 2016
Are you concerned that your child doesn’t quite “fit” in public school? Many students thrive in the public school setting, but some just don’t. Every parent wants their children to have the best possible education and finding a school that is right for your child is more difficult than analyzing test scores and curriculum. There are a variety of reasons that you may consider alternative school options, to help you ...Read More

Benefits Of Small Class Sizes

Posted on January 12, 2016
It isn’t uncommon for traditional public schools to have 25 or more students in a class. Even for students who do well in school, parents often wonder if their child is getting lost in the shuffle. While some children, and teachers, do just fine in large classes, others need a smaller setting for a variety of reasons.  From helping students effectively grasp the concepts being taught to improved social interactions, ...Read More

Should You Switch Schools Mid-Year?

Posted on January 5, 2016
Some students do well in a “traditional” school program and others just don’t. Maybe their school is “too big” or “impersonal.” Maybe you hear “the other kids aren’t like me” or “the teachers don’t like me."  Regardless of the reason considering switch your child’s school, especially mid-year, is rarely an easy decision. Sometimes you don’t have a choice and have to switch schools, after a family move for example. Other ...Read More

Students hold food drive for FeedMore

Posted on December 23, 2015
Brook Road Academy students are making days merry and bright with a truckload of food to donate to FeedMore.  We're so proud of their service to our community this season!  Many thanks to all who participated and contributed to help families in need.

Author Garth Callaghan brings holiday cheer with Star Wars party

Posted on December 14, 2015
Garth Callaghan, known nationwide as The Napkin Notes Dad, visited Brook Road Academy in full Jedi apparel with a special holiday gift to impart to students: Star Wars toys. Why is Garth called The Napkin Notes Dad?  Every day since his daughter Emma was in kindergarten, Garth wrote an inspirational note on a napkin and sent it in her lunch box.  Garth has been diagnosed with cancer four times in the past three ...Read More



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