KEYS Academy - Caroline

CarolineKEYS Academy-Caroline 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 8051 Prosperity Way, Suite 200, Ruther Glen, VA 22546. Our Phone number is 804-867-2657. If you need to reach us by fax, our fax number is 804-589-0433. If you would like to contact us, please click here.


Director's Corner


Charlene Gray

Contact Director

Dear KEYS Academy-Caroline Families,

What better way to end the first semester, than to share some celebrations from KEYS Academy-Caroline! As our census has grown at KEYS Academy-Caroline, it has been exciting to see new students enrolling, which also means new additions to our staff. This school year we have welcomed Ms Aeylla, Mr. Brandon, and Ms. Rachel, and Ms. Kaitlin to the KEYS family! As we welcomed new staff to the team, we kicked off our annual Office Olympics for staff to do some team and relationship building. Our relationship-based program is not just for our students, it starts with our staff first.

KEYS Academy-Caroline continues to utilize different models of instruction: hybrid learning and in-person learning. Our students have also utilized different models of instruction in the classroom: small group (teacher-led) instruction, staff-supported computer-mediated instruction, and one-on-one instruction. As engagement has increased, so have their work habits and motivation to finish coursework.

We continue to help our students with transition plans, as all of our current students are middle and high school age and approaching transition. So, providing them opportunities to meet with DARS for Pre-Employment Transition Services has been an area of focus for us this semester. Our students also continue to work with organizations outside of KEYS Academy to get more exposure to career opportunities. Our partnerships continue to grow this year as we will be exposing our students to astronomy, fire/rescue, and culinary arts. We continue to interact with the therapy dogs from Paws for Purple Heart, as well as starting our visits back up to Cindy’s Closet Thrift Store second quarter.

Two new things that we have added this school year are monthly yoga classes and culinary arts classes. The student response to these new additions has been assuring.


Charlene Gray, 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.

Important Dates

  • 12/16/22End of the 2nd grading period
  • 12/19/22-12/30/22Winter break
  • 1/2/23NO SCHOOL for students, (All staff workday)
  • 1/3/23First day back for students
  • 1/16/23NO SCHOOL for students and staff, (MLK holiday)
  • 2/17/23NO SCHOOLS for students, (Teacher workday)
  • 2/20/23NO SCHOOL for students or staff, MAKE-up day
  • 3/10/23NO SCHOOLS for students, (Teacher workday)