Our Mission

At Charterhouse School it matters to us that our students acquire skills and opportunities to become self-sufficient and live a good life. Our approach focuses on a student’s individual academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs while addressing the four developmental needs of the Circle of Courage™—belonging, independence, mastery and generosity.

Student Profile

Many of our students have experienced childhood trauma and are learning to live with mental health challenges. Charterhouse School offers services within four categories:

  • General Curriculum. Kids within this group exhibit emotional and specific learning disabilities and other health impairments.
  • Applied Curriculum. These students have intellectual disabilities, developmental challenges and autism spectrum disorder.
  • Autism and Other Neurological Differences. Many of these students on the autism spectrum struggle with communication and social skills.
  • A Need for Significant Behavioral Support. These students require one-on-one staffing or even more attention for a wide range of reasons such as speech difficulties, self-injuring or a condition requiring skilled medical care.

The Charterhouse School Difference


“Serving as Charterhouse School’s vice president of education is truly an honor. I have always been passionate about empowering kids in need of special education. It’s been my longstanding belief that children deserve a rich academic foundation as well as exposure to values and social skills that prepare them for a meaningful and productive life.”


Vice President of Education

Personally and passionately helping students extend their reach

At Charterhouse School, success starts by connecting with each student as a unique human being. We credit an incredibly committed staff for this. We teach values that can lead to success in life and nurture strong relationships among students, teachers and parents to make these values stick.

We strive to provide a holistic educational experience that helps students develop an understanding of the world, their community and how they fit into it. We take it a step further, too, by showing them how to lead, participate and contribute to a rapidly changing global society.

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Student Success Stories

“I’ve picked up independent living skills—not only how to speak properly and maintain eye contact with people, but also how to live on my own, how to get around and how to do specific day-to-day tasks.”


“I recommend it because it’s a place where people on the spectrum can feel comfortable and meet new people and learn new things and get new experiences.”


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For more than 30 years, Charterhouse School has provided compassionate care and academic instruction to kids with emotional challenges and neurological differences. Today, Charterhouse continues to offer cutting-edge programs and an expanding array of supportive services.

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Our Staff

We’re proud of the caring, passionate communities we’ve built. Learn more about our leaders and colleagues and browse our staff directories.



At Charterhouse School, you have the opportunity to collaborate with a team of professionals who are committed to our mission and dedicated to working with families and children. Learn about our employment opportunities through UMFS.


Steve Floyd Receives VAISEF Partlow Insurance Best Practice Award

Charterhouse School – Richmond Social Studies Teacher, Steve Floyd, was awarded the Partlow Insurance Best Practices Award at the VAISEF Fall Conference for his experiential learning project, “Humans of Richmond”.  Based on […]