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Students give back to Richmond animal shelter

Through the Career and Transition Services (CATS) of St. Joseph’s Villa, Brook Road Academy students have begun volunteering with Richmond Animal Care and Control. Students help the shelter provide care to adoptable pets while learning valuable job skills and about careers working with animals. Our CATS staff is always looking for new ways to help our students engage […]

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Is your child struggling socially in school?

The teenage years are often thought of as a carefree time full of opportunity and free from responsibility, but adults often forget about the social pressures that come along with adolescence. Making and keeping friends is a learned behavior and some teens are naturally socially successful while others need more practice and guidance. Kids begin […]

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Guitar Club launches at Brook Road

Brook Road Academy held its first Guitar Club meeting with volunteer and VCU Music School graduate Justin Smith.  This weekly club is open to students of all skill levels who are interested in learning to play different styles of music, use proper techniques, and play in an ensemble. We’re pleased to offer Guitar Club to our school’s […]

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Is my child ready for high school?

The beginning of high school is one of the biggest transitions of your child’s academic career. Your child will be challenged both academically and socially, so it’s only natural for parents to wonder if their child is ready. Knowing what is expected will help you prepare them for the trials that lay before them. What […]

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