The Charterhouse School Difference
J. WADE PURYEAR
Vice President of Education
Dear Parents, Students, and Community Supporters,
Welcome to Charterhouse School. Serving as our vice president of education is truly an honor. We have an amazing team of unwavering champions who believe each student possesses unique strengths that, when tapped, can help build the resilience needed to grow and flourish. Our students face many challenges that can be seen as roadblocks to success: autism and other neurological differences, adverse childhood experiences, emotional and learning disabilities. We find that when provided with a peer culture of belonging and a team of consistent caring adults, our students learn to create solutions for problems and develop the skills they need for independence.
I have always been passionate about empowering kids to be independent and make a positive difference in their communities. It’s been my longstanding belief that children deserve to receive a rich academic foundation as well as exposure to values and work readiness skills that prepare them for a meaningful and productive life. Through generosity projects and Student Enterprises, our kids have the opportunity to experience what it feels like to give back to others as well as work and support.
This spirit of empowerment and positivity is why I’m proud to be a part of Charterhouse School’s commitment to fostering the individual success of every student in its care. Charterhouse has a history of treating every child as worthy of a fine education and capable of achieving great goals. I’m proud to be part of the work Charterhouse is doing and to be a partner in planning how we’ll build on Charterhouse’s success into the future.
Personally and passionately helping students extend their reach.
A Reality-Based Approach to Academics
Our teachers set high expectations for our students and set them up for success. Student goals vary from returning to their public schools to transitioning to higher education or discovering a successful career path. In every case, we strive to find the individual strengths of each of our students and offer them the support they need. Our supports include a range of introductory vocational classes such as culinary arts, cosmetology, horticulture and video production and the Courage to Succeed college preparatory program for students with neurological differences, such as autism spectrum disorder.
A Challenging, Individualized Curriculum
Students come to us at many educational levels. Our goal is to help them progress and perform to their potential as individuals and as contributing members of society. All students benefit from a core curriculum that is aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning for a broad range of middle and high school courses in language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health and physical education, art, computer technology and more.
A School Rich in Experiences
Our curriculum also provides students with many opportunities beyond what they would enjoy at mainstream schools. Extracurricular activities such as sports teams, music classes, talent shows, carnivals, field days, and an on-campus ropes course are offered. Students also have the opportunity to experience their surrounding community in new and different ways. These experiences include cultural and educational field trips and generosity projects in which students learn how to give back to others to build stronger community ties.
An Entree to Real Life
Transition services include career and technical education and vocational training on campus and in collaboration with community agencies. Internships and vocational placements help students function as independently as possible. Community-based instruction offers students the opportunity to gain work life experience, social skills, and develop generosity as contributing members of society.
A Philosophy Centered in Courage
The four developmental growth needs identified by the Circle of Courage™: belonging, mastery, independence and generosity inspire everything we do at Charterhouse School. It is widely held that these are the essential needs that must be met in order to flourish and thrive. Charterhouse gives students opportunities to hone these values inside and outside of class.
A Culture of Hope and Joy
Our school is a safe haven for students where they can learn to tackle their daily challenges in a supportive, unintimidating environment. Here, their developmental and social needs are met. That makes this a positive place in their lives.
A Deeply Committed Staff
For the teachers, counselors and administrators at Charterhouse School, passion for our work comes naturally. We’re here for the kids and believe strongly in what we’re doing. We support each other in our mission. We treat each other with respect and dignity, and hold each other to the same high standards to which we hold our students.