Welcome to KEYS Academy!

Knowledge Empowers You for Success

Our SchoolsWelcome to our new KEYS Academy Website! We hope that this site will give you a glimpse into our guiding principles of teaching and learning through Safety, Dignity, and Direction, and the commitment that our talented staff makes as they create and maintain environments in which students are available for learning. If there is any information that you cannot locate on our site, please let us know through the Contact Us link.

KEYS Academy schools are private, day, coeducational special education schools licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to serve special education students in grades K-12 who have classifications of Emotional Disability(ED), Autism, Other Health Impairment (OHI), and/or Specific Learning Disability (SLD). KEYS Academy is committed to providing a quality education to students within their home community, and preparing students, when possible and appropriate, to return successfully to their home schools.

Exciting News

KEYS Academy-Augusta has moved!

KEYS Academy-Augusta has over it’s school to a new campus in Verona, VA. Our new address is 81 Quicks Mill Road, Verona VA. We serve the same counties and have the same program, just a new building with more outside space for our students.

Specialized Youth Services of Virginia (BREC Academy and RAP) is now KEYS Academy-Peterburg/KEYS RAP

Health Connect America, dba KEYS Academy purchased Specialized Youth Services of Virginia in July 2023. KEYS Academy-Petersburg is excited to continue providing exemplary Private Day school services and Regional Alternative Program services to the Petersburg area and surrounding counties. Please go to the KEYS Academy-Petersburg website for more information.

Important School Health Guidelines

We also ask each parent to go through the student daily health screening checklists before sending your child to school each morning, and calling the Director immediately if there are any health concerns with your student or in your home.

Any students running a fever must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Any student who is vomiting but be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. For any other contagious viruses, please consult your doctor and school Director for guidelines for a safe return to school.

Our KEYS Academy schools remain committed to providing relevant learning opportunities via our blended instructional model. As always, we will continue supporting our students in effectively maintaining their well-being through our unique KEYS for a Big Life and Social Thinking curriculum.

Please refer to your specific school’s page for more information.

The Student Health Questions Sheet can be found here
Please click on RESOURCES and LINKS for our online curriculum links for your child.

Core Curriculum

  • Blended learning using digital curriculum tiered to meet individual learning needs (APEX, Edgenuity, Hybridge, Reflex Math, Wilson Reading System, Lexia, and Study Island)
  • Whole group, small group, and individual learning settings
  • Social Thinking (developed by Michelle Garcia Winner)
  • KEYS Curriculum (developed by Sally Twentey and Deborah Moore)


  • Optimize learning opportunities
  • Demonstrate self determination
  • Demonstrate understanding of safety, dignity, and direction
  • IEP goal progress
  • BIK goal progress
  • Return to LEAs

Implicit and unique communication instruction allows student and staff relationships to grow in Safety, Dignity, and Direction.


Academic gains through
  • Reading and math level gains
  • Course progress
  • Course credits
  • Passing SOLs
  • Verified credits and LVC
  • Modified Standard Diplomas (historically)
  • Standard diplomas
  • Return to LEAs
  • Transition to work, trade school, or college