KEYS Academy - Charlottesville

CharlottesvilleKEYS Academy Charlottesville 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 3020 Fontaine Ave Extended, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Our Phone number is 434-995-5810. If you need to reach us by fax, our fax number is 434-995-5768. If you would like to contact us, please click here.


Director's Corner


Carrie Smith

Contact Director

I'm excited to start a new school year at KEYS Academy-Charlottesville. I've served as a Special Education Teacher for 19 years with experience in Elementary, Middle and High School. I have worked in several local school systems, most recently Albemarle County Public Schools. I look forward to being able to share my previous experiences with the staff, as well as learn and grow within KEYS Academy-Charlottesville. I have lived in the Charlottesville area for the past 20+ years, and am excited to be a part of the KEYS Academy team.

At KEYS Academy-Charlottesville, all of our teachers are surrounded by extremely talented and dedicated support professionals who have served with us for years and are the heart and soul of KEYS Academy.

We held an Open House for parents and student at KEYS Academy-Charlottesville on August 15th where we met new students, and greeted returning students! Thanks to those who were able to attend.

Our KEYS Academy-Charlottesville staff look forward to working with your students this school year! Please reach out if you have any questions!


Carrie Smith, M.A.T.


School News

For the 2022-23 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.

Masks are still required to be worn by students, staff, and visitors in our buildings at the start of the 2022-23 school year.. Parents and students will be notified in writing when we are able to ease mask restrictions. Thank you for supporting safety for all of our students and staff.

On December 2017, KEYS Academy-Charlottesville received word that they have been granted accreditation status through VAISEF, Virginia Association of Independent Special Education Facilities. This is a 5 year accreditation period. KEYS Academy-Charlottesville is also licensed through the VDOE. Congratulations, staff, on a job well done!

We follow the Albemarle County Schedule so if they are closed for inclement weather, professional development days, or holidays, KEYS Academy will also be closed.

Important Dates

  • 9/5/22Labor Day - No School
  • 9/26/22Teacher Workday - No Students
  • 10/21/22End of 1st Quarter Grading Period
  • 10/28/22Teacher workday-No students
  • 11/8/22No School for students, Teacher workday/parent conferences
  • 11/23/22-11/25/22Fall Thanksgiving break
  • 12/19/22-12/30/22Holiday Break