Teaching Methods

Teaching students to succeed in the classroom of life

Over the years we’ve fine-tuned our approach, identifying the aspects that lead to individual success for a wide variety of students from all ages and levels of competency. Our methods are designed to help students learn at their own pace and in the way that is best for them. They are also created to present students with appropriate challenges and intentional practices that help them build their skills and understanding not just academically, but emotionally and socially as well.

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Standardized & Individualized

Many of our students wish to return to mainstream schools. It is our desire to prepare them to transition back by teaching a curriculum that is aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning. Whether students stay with us or go on, our goal is to teach challenging, comprehensive subject matter to students of every age that is individualized for their level of learning.

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Autism Spectrum

Middle, High School and College Programs

These integrated programs are designed to meet the wide range of needs of students with neurological differences, such as autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and intellectual and developmental challenges. Our faculty use a relational developmental model and experiential activities to help students navigate academic content, social skills instruction, and emotional regulation strategies.

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Resources for Parents

A Resource and Partner in Success

Charterhouse School is part of the world community of providers and supporters and friends and family of kids with autism spectrum disorder. It takes a great big village to attend to their needs and increase our collective knowledge. See the resources and service providers we rely on and refer to regularly.

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Pop Smith Scholarship

Supporting Students’ Next Steps

The Pop Smith Scholarship is a fund to help kids who have been served by UMFS pay for post-secondary education, including college or vocational training. It’s run by our development department, and named after Reverend E. Leon “Pop” Smith who was the executive director of the Virginia Methodist Children’s Home, now UMFS, from 1949-1974.

Selection Process Eligibility Guidelines and the Application Process

A committee of staff and volunteers work together to oversee and implement the Pop Smith Scholarship Fund. Decisions will be based on a standard application and the committee’s knowledge of the student’s financial need and motivation to pursue post-secondary education.

Eligibility Guidelines

Applicants must possess at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and file a complete Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) application demonstrating financial need. Applicants must have successfully been a part of one of the following UMFS and Charterhouse programs within 10 years of the date of application:

  • The Child and Family Healing Center
  • Charterhouse School
  • Treatment Foster Care Program
  • Adoption finalized by UMFS
  • Enrolled in Courage to Succeed