Discovery School of Virginia for Boys
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This program is one that FamilyLight sm intends to review online.  We are hoping  the program will return the questionnaire we have developed so we can be most thorough.  We are providing minimal information now.  We might expand that somewhat prior to receiving a full questionnaire.  Guest reviews are invited.

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FamilyLightsm is an educational consulting firm specializing in work with families with a young person with behavioral, emotional or psychological difficulties.  We offer in-depth personal guidance to families on a fee basis and free guidance on the internet. FamilyLightsm attempts to be fully objective and accepts no advertising nor referral fees.

The Discovery Schools of Virginia have excellent reputations for both boys and girls.  To some extent the Discovery Schools of Virginia are modeled after the New Dominion programs (prior to their acquisition by Three Springs).  Both programs are long term outdoor emotional growth programs (as was New Dominion) based upon the Campbell Loughmiller / Wilderness Road model

The Discovery Schools of Virginia have only recently allowed students using psychotropic medications to enroll there (subject to additional charges) but it is our current understanding that those medications must be prescribed by a doctor back home. 

We have the highest respect for Chris Yates, one of the three founder/owners.  Because FamilyLight sm rarely refers to programs that exclude students who need medications, and Discovery has only recently relaxed that limitation, we have not worked extensively with the school.  Notwithstanding a difference of opinion on that particular point, we have the highest respect for Mr. Yates and anticipate very high recommendations when we review the schools with completed questionnaires in hand.  

While you wait for us to present a more complete review, please look around this website.  Look at our Guidelines -- a fairly comprehensive statement of what we believe quality is all about.  If you come to a search and planning process with limited experience, this is an opportunity for you to find some principles to measure schools and programs against.

Keep coming back to see the updates. Look at "What's New" (Announcements).  In spring of 2009 we expect to have returns from schools, programs, and related organizations published, giving deeper insight into these than has ever been available on the web before. 

Official web site of the Discovery Schools of Virginia

Discovery School of Virginia for Girls

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Last updated  5-24-09

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