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

We are so excited to be wrapping up the first semester at KEYS Academy-Caroline. While COVID continues to have a presence in our nation that creates obstacles and challenges, it has not stopped us from accessing the curriculum in our facility. We have students utilizing different models of instruction: all-virtual learning, 4 day/week in-person hybrid learning, and starting in January…5 day/week in-person learning. COVID procedures were strictly followed throughout the semester and continue to be a priority for us to help minimize any risk for the safety of our students.

For our staff, the first quarter was about teambuilding and relationships. But our second quarter, we really focused on how to deepen those relationships with each other and our students. We also practiced being flexible and adaptable, as new students were joining our KEYS family all throughout the semester. Our staff adopted the theme “Family Matters” for our school this year, as we work hard each and every day to support each other’s well-being…just like family.

As for our students, they continue to work diligently through APEX and our blend of the KEYS curriculum and Social Thinking. They have shown tremendous improvements in their work habits and motivation to finish coursework. Our middle and high school students have also accelerated through APEX, finishing units that will help them prepare for the SOLs coming up second semester. In addition to learning both grooming and dog training skills from Paws for Purple Hearts, our students have been able to learn culinary skills from Timbers Restaurant. They were able to learn about the importance food science, to include sanitation in the kitchen and meal preparation, as well as how to bake Christmas cookies. The level of academic, social-emotional and community engagement from our students throughout the semester has been encouraging and inspiring.

KEYS Academy-Caroline will be all-virtual the week of January 4-8 as an extra precaution due to larger family gatherings, travel plans, and possible COVID exposure over the extended holiday. We will return to our 4 day/week (keeping all-virtual on Wednesday) in-person learning for all students starting Jan.11th, and our 5 day/week in-person learning option will begin on January 19th, after the MLK holiday. Students who prefer to attend with the all-virtual or hybrid models will still have that option, as well.


Charlene Gray, Director

School News

KEYS Academy-Caroline is licensed, and will open its doors to students on Monday, August 10, 2020. Due to opening within COVID-19 Phase 3 guidance, KEYS Academy-Caroline will operate on a hybrid schedule. Students will attend in person either A day (Monday and Thursday), or B day (Tuesday and Friday), and students will attend through remote learning the other 3 days of the week. Wednesdays will be remote learning for all students. Students will follow the same school day schedule, 8:30-2:30 whether attending remotely or in-person. An all remote school day will also be available to families with significant health needs.

Important Dates

  • December 21st-January 1st Winter break
  • January 4thTeacher workday/No school for students
  • January 5th-8thAll-virtual instruction
  • January 11th-15th4 day/week (w/ all-virtual on Wednesday)
  • January 18thNo school for MLK holiday
  • January 19thRegular schedule (all-virtual, hybrid, or 5 day/week in-person