A legacy of empowering students to thrive


After the UMFS Board of Directors establishes Charterhouse School to provide educational services to students in the UMFS residential treatment program, the school opens and adds two trailers for classrooms. Charterhouse School is named after the school John Wesley attended in England. Wesley is largely credited, along with his brother Charles, as founder of the Methodist movement.



Charterhouse School offers a day school program.

A greenhouse and computer lab are added. The school is accredited by VAISEF.

Ground is broken for extensive new Charterhouse School facilities.



The Circle of Courage™ is adopted to focus the program’s energy on meeting the developmental needs of belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.

The school moves into a state-of-the-art building, that includes a science lab, art room, music room, library and auditorium. Charterhouse School adds an expanded day program to serve students from the greater Richmond area, then adds an extended school year program. The school moves to a seven-period instructional day.


Leaps and Bounds

Charterhouse School expands its career and technical education programs by offering culinary arts and cosmetology. A successful capital campaign results in the day program moving into expanded and renovated buildings on campus.

A summer program for students with autism is offered in partnership with Commonwealth Autism Service (CAS), and a middle and high school program for students with autism is implemented.

Courage to Succeed: The College Program for students with autism is launched in collaboration with Commonwealth Autism Service, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and Great Aspirations Scholarship Program.

Charterhouse School-Edinburg opens on in 2013, serving students in the Shenandoah Valley. Career and technical education programs expand by offering media and video production.