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Knowledge Empowers You for Success

KEYS Academy schools are private, day, coeducational special education schools licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to serve special education students in grades K-12 who have classifications of Emotional Disability(ED), Autism, Other Health Impairment (OHI), and/or Specific Learning Disability (SLD). KEYS Academy is committed to providing a quality education to students within their home community, and preparing students, when possible and appropriate, to return successfully to their home schools.

KEYS Academy News and Upcoming Events


Welcome to our new KEYS Academy Website! We are still creating and updating pages, so check back often for the most recent news and improvements. We hope that this site will give you a glimpse into our guiding principles of teaching and learning through Safety, Dignity, and Direction, and the commitment that our talented staff makes as they create and maintain environments in which students are available for learning. If there is any information that you cannot locate on our site, please let us know through the Contact Us link.

August 2017: KEYS Academy Is Growing!

New Growth = New Roles (and some new faces)

Karen Alexander, our first teacher and Director of KEYS Academy- Culpeper is stepping into a leadership and mentor role for all KEYS Academy Directors. Ms. A will continue to provide the guidance, passion, and leadership that we have all come to depend on, but will do so for ALL Directors and ALL KEYS Academy schools, and will step into the MENTOR DIRECTOR role for KEYS Academy. Her main office will be at the Culpeper KEYS Academy on Lovers Lane, and she will be found in our buildings interacting with students, teachers, and staff regularly.

Stefan Orange, former KEYS Academy-Culpeper high school teacher, will step into the role of Director of KEYS Academy-Culpeper with the beginning of this 2017-18 school year. Mr. Orange has been the lead teacher for KEYS Academy for many years, and has been mentored and guided by Ms. Alexander in preparation for the Director role. We have every confidence that Mr. Orange will continue to support the needs of our students and staff through Safety, Dignity and Direction. You can reach Mr. Orange through the KEYS Academy- Culpeper main line at 540-827-4042.

Core Curriculum

  • Blended learning using digital curriculum tiered to meet individual learning needs (APEX, Edgenuity, Hybridge, Reflex Math, Wilson Reading System, Lexia, and Study Island)
  • Whole group, small group, and individual learning settings
  • Social Thinking (developed by Michelle Garcia Winner)
  • KEYS Curriculum (developed by Sally Twentey and Deborah Moore)


  • Optimize learning opportunities
  • Demonstrate self determination
  • Demonstrate understanding of safety, dignity, and direction
  • IEP goal progress
  • BIK goal progress
  • Return to LEAs

Implicit and unique communication instruction allows student and staff relationships to grow in Safety, Dignity, and Direction.




Academic gains through

  • Reading and math level gains
  • Course progress
  • Course credits
  • Passing SOLs
  • Verified credits and LVC
  • Modified Standard Diplomas (historically)
  • Standard diplomas
  • Return to LEAs
  • Transition to work, trade school, or college

Contact Us

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KEYS Academy is a division of Health Connect America.