KEYS Academy - Caroline

CarolineKEYS Academy-Caroline is a Private Day School licensed by the Virginia Department of Education to serve Special Education students in grades K through 12. We are located at 8051 Prosperity Way, Suite 200, Ruther Glen, VA 22546. Our Phone number is 804-867-2657. If you need to reach us by fax, our fax number is 804-589-0433. If you would like to contact us, please click here.


Director's Corner


Charlene Gray

Contact Director

Dear KEYS Academy-Caroline Families,

What a great first semester we had at KEYS Academy-Caroline! Our staff and students were able to push through COVID and social-emotional challenges, all while making progress academically. It was great to see students “create safety”, “connect to dignity” and “celebrate opportunity”. (It’s also exciting to see students proud to display this on the back of their new sweatshirts). We were even able to send off one of our graduates this month with an Advanced Studies Diploma and line her up with an apprenticeship upon her exit. Woohoo!

KEYS Academy-Caroline was excited to introduce the new hybrid model of instruction this past semester for many of our high schoolers, adding direct teacher-lead instruction for students who prefer small group instruction as opposed to independent computer mediated instruction on their computers. Many of our students have made great strides to complete coursework ahead of schedule. We continue to dig deep into the KEYS/Social Thinking daily to help our students meet their social-emotional needs. We also continue to enjoy interacting with the therapy dogs from Paws for Purple Heart, as this has been a very successful partnership. (We were even able to collect items to provide gift baskets for all of the dogs)

As new staff have joined the KEYS Academy-Caroline team, they have been able to be part of Office Olympics in December to build relationships and partake in team-building exercises. As our census continues to rise, the possibility of new staff rises as well.

It is important to remember a few things as we start the second semester. Always be prepared for inclement weather. KEYS Academy-Caroline will notify you as soon a decision has been made if we will need to have a delay, cancel school, or work virtually. Also, SOLs will be administered in the Spring of 2022. So, attendance is imperative, as students will be doing SOL prep.

KEYS Academy-Caroline wishes you a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year! We look forward to having everyone back in 2022 to continue charging ahead and using “power of the group” to help us hit our goals for the 2021-22 school year!


Charlene Gray, Director

School News

For the 2021-22 school year, students and staff will be in the building for in-person learning Monday through Friday (5 days a week). Virtual learning is still available for students if needed due to quarantine or other health conditions. Our school day starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.

Important Dates

  • January 3NO SCHOOL for students (PD workday)
  • January 4First day for students (ALL VIRTUAL)
  • January 17NO SCHOOL for students and staff (MLK holiday)
  • February 21Holiday/Make-up Day
  • March 10End of the 3rd Quarter
  • March 11NO SCHOOL for students (Teacher workday)
  • April 4-8SPRING BREAK (no school for students and staff)
  • April 18Holiday/Make-up Day