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We’re hiring subs and 1-to-1’s in Edinburg

Do you feel an urgency to help children succeed? Are you inspired to work with children and families to help them reach their full potential? UMFS’ Charterhouse School is searching for substitute teachers and 1-to-1’s. Watch this short video of Sheila Hershey, a Charterhouse School teacher, describing what motivates her to serve our kids and their […]

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Former Charterhouse Student Advocates on Capitol Hill

Remember the UMFS Spring Champion Alex? Earlier this month he visited Washington D.C to speak with U.S. senators and congressmen about the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools and to ensure that schools are equipped to educate children with special needs.

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Charterhouse School Student Learns the Art of Roasting Coffee

Roasting coffee beans is both an art and a science. Jackson, a student in Charterhouse School’s Courage to Succeed program, is learning about the unique characteristics of each type of coffee during his summer internship with Ironclad Coffee Roasters. Jackson says he’s excited to learn about everything that goes into making a cup of coffee.

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Richmond Strickers Kick in Assistance

Our kids are now learning soccer and sportsmanship thanks to a new community partnership with the Richmond Strikers soccer club. Strikers staff host monthly soccer clinics at UMFS that give our Charterhouse School a chance to learn new skills, get exercise and have fun with each other outside of the cottage or classroom. Strikers family and friends brought […]

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UMFS’ Charterhouse School Brews Up Unique Partnership With Ironclad Coffee Roasters

There’s a hot new student-run business starting up at UMFS’ Charterhouse School, thanks to a partnership with Ironclad Coffee Roasters in Scott’s Addition. The two groups brewed up the idea to start a Coffee Cart Café to serve over 100 faculty and staff on UMFS’ campus. UMFS’ Charterhouse School empowers children with autism and other […]

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Charterhouse School Student Earns National Award

Charterhouse School student Alex Campbell earns national award for self-advocacy Alex Campbell, a 5th grader in Ms. Henggeler’s class, earned a national award through the Council of Exceptional Children for his work in self-advocacy. Alex earned this prestigious honor because of his work advocating for regulations regarding seclusion and restraint in our schools. Alex bravely […]

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High School Senior Helps Students Fight Bullying

Maggie Laughlin isn’t a stranger to bullying. The 17-year-old senior at Central High School in Woodstock, VA has been the subject of rumors and bullying “to the point where you have to understand that words do hurt and I was hurt a lot,” Maggie said. Rather than focusing on the negative, Maggie chose to ignore the […]

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Pop Smith Scholarship recipient says thanks

Paul Switzer, far right Paul Switzer, a recent recipient of UMFS’ Pop Smith Scholarship, is learning, growing and overcoming the obstacles that face students with autism spectrum disorder in pursuit of higher education. Yesterday, UMFS honored Paul and two other recipients of the scholarship at a reception celebrating the students’ successes and thanking the many […]

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New career and tech offerings give students the tools to build a better future

CHARTERHOUSE SCHOOL wants to make the transition to the workforce easier for students with autism and other neurological differences. Thanks to a gift from donors Larry Murphy and Steven Bryan, Snap-on Tools certification is now an option. A shiny red cabinet with 20 digital multimeters sits ready for students to diagnose circuits, learn about voltage and even test a battery. The Snap-on Technical Education Program […]

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Thank you for helping to feed our kids!

WE ARE OVERWHELMED by your generosity in response to our backpack snacks appeal. We asked, and you responded–in spades. It was that simple. We are truly touched, and our hearts are full. Staff at UMFS Charterhouse’ School work tirelessly to empower Virginia’s at-risk kids. Your support empowers us to continue doing that work as we […]

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