KEYS Academy - Augusta

AugustaKEYS Academy Augusta is a Private Day School licensed by the Virginia Department of Education to serve Special Education students in grades K through 12. We are located at 81 Quicks Mill Road, Verona VA 24482. Our Phone number is 540-712-2443. If you need to reach us by fax, our fax number is 540-490-4528. If you would like to contact us, please click here.


Director's Corner


Brandy L. Wright

Contact Director

The first half of the 2022-2023 school year have come to an end. I don’t know about you, but I feel as though it went by fast. Our students, staff and families continue to help KEYS Academy Augusta grow. We can’t say thank you enough for all your support.

During Social Thinking as a whole group, we the students and staff focused on being good friends and Who Matters. Some of the activities included life rings, characteristics of being a good friend and using kind words. As the nine weeks progressed, we began to work on Safety Dignity and Opportunity. These activities included treating people the way you would want to be treated. During this nine-week period we tied a lot of our KEYS and Social Thinking together. For example, we did a week telling the truth and the importance of telling the truth, which ties back to our Safety, Dignity and Opportunity KEY as well as our Who Matters KEY. We worked on the Big Life book to complete the What’s in the Way power tool. To end the nine weeks, we put our focus back on to being kind to each other. We discussed bullying and how bullying can affect those around us. The students were presented with ways to respond to bullying.

Students are adjusting well to new changes to the high school classroom. Ms. Kenyetta has adjusted to KEYS Academy and has started building positive and meaningful relationships with all her students. For the first nine weeks of school, we focused on establishing expectations, routines, and goals. We introduced students to the people of the classroom, school community, school environment, and to the expectations we hold about learning. We also introduced and established expectations for behavior, the limits we will set, and the ways we will enforce those limits. We introduced the routines that help students learn while taking care of each other and the environment. We laid the foundation for a productive and cooperative year of learning. We are learning to work in an atmosphere of support and collaboration.

The middle school classroom has been rocking out hard this quarter. They do daily journal writings to help them develop strong writing skills. During math time, the 7th graders have been learning how to simplify, multiply and add fractions. Our 6th graders reviewed multiplication, long division and working on positive and negative numbers. All of the students have been enjoying science class. A large part of the nine weeks was focused on energy. The students can identify potential and kinetic energy. Each student enjoys Friday experiments.

Ms. Latoya has enjoyed teaching the elementary class. She continues to build relationships with her students as well as the students and staff throughout the building. Throughout the quarter the elementary staff and students have focused on introducing and building relationships with new staff. They have also placed emphasis on setting expectations and routines. Academically and socially the elementary class held a class store that served all of our students. During this time, they worked on social skills as well as math skills (counting money).

We hope to continue building a village that is safe, nurturing, and always in the motion of progress.

Warmest Regards,

Brandy L. Wright, Director

School News

For the 2022-23 school year, students and staff will be in the building for in-person learning Monday through Friday (5 days a week). Virtual learning is still available for students if needed due to quarantine or other health conditions. Our school day starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.

Masks are still required to be worn by students, staff, and visitors in our buildings at the start of the 2022-23 school year.. Parents and students will be notified in writing when we are able to ease mask restrictions. Thank you for supporting safety for all of our students and staff.

KEYS Academy-Augusta opened its doors on August 7, 2018 with 11 students and 6 staff members. We will continue to add students and staff throughout the fall and spring semesters. Our staff and students have been warmly welcomed by the town of Stuarts Draft and the County of Augusta, and we look forward to settling into our renovated space!

Important Dates

  • 12/16/22End of 2nd quarter
  • 12/19/22-12/30/22Winter Break, no school
  • 1/2/23Professional development ,no school for students
  • 1/3/23First day of 2nd semester, students return!
  • 1/16/23MLK holiday, no school
  • 1/27/23Early dismissal (1:00 PM)
  • 2/24/23Early dismissal (1:00 PM)