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BREC Academy
(Behavioral Resources for Exceptional Children)

BREC Academy, located on Old Wagner Road in Petersburg, VA, originally opened in 1987 as an alternative educational program for identified emotionally disturbed students unable to succeed in programs available within public schools, but who do not require a more restrictive residential program. Located in the Tri-Cities area, BREC Academy is situated to serve children as far south as Emporia and as far north as Richmond and Henrico County.


The Program


BREC is an accredited Therapeutic Day School licensed to serve Emotionally Disabled, Specific Learning Disabled, Intellectually Disabled, Developmental Delay, Other Health Impaired, and Multiple Disabilities students. The goal of the school is to provide its students with the necessary academic and social skills to enable them to return to their regular school program. Academic goals are taken from Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools and individualized for each student’s level of achievement, individual interests and learning style.


The Staff


Professional staff consists of collegiate and master level educators certified by the Virginia Dept. of Education and endorsed in Emotional Disturbance and Learning Disabilities or Mental Retardation. Instructional support staff work closely with each teacher to assist in the implementation of instructional and behavioral programs. A counselor, specifically trained to work with children and adolescents, brings a clinical background to the behavioral program by providing individual and group counseling. A child and adolescent psychiatrist is on staff for consultation throughout the school year.




From Petersburg: Take Wagner Road east from Petersburg (Exit 48A off I-95). Go to 1st stop light and take a Right on Normandy Dr. Take 1st Right onto Old Wagner Rd. Proceed .3 mile to School on Right.
From Hopewell and points South-East: Go west on Wagner Rd. from Rt.460 (Courthouse Rd./Rt.106 is to the east at this intersection). Continue to stop light at Normandy Rd. and Take Left. Take 1st Right onto Old Wagner Rd. and proceed .3 mile to school on right.

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