Centra Rivermont Schools

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Vision

Each Rivermont student receives learning opportunities that promote self-actualization, the value of learning, self-discipline, cooperation, resiliency and self-advocacy through teaching excellence, therapeutic support, family participation and community involvement.

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Purpose

To address the emotional and learning difficulties which have hindered students from success in traditional academic and social environments as well as to provide learning opportunities specifically tailored to the educational and emotional needs of each student.


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Since 1986, Centra Rivermont Schools have served children with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities, and several years ago began providing autism services. With 10 campuses across Virginia, Centra Rivermont Schools offer a special education program for children with special needs, ages 5 through 22, who have difficulty learning in a regular school setting. We help children learn to manage their behaviors so they can return to regular school, graduate and become productive citizens.

At Centra Rivermont Schools, we give our students a chance to experience success in a school setting. Our therapeutic environment teaches students to rely on their personal strengths for resolving problems, building self-esteem and gaining confidence. One of our primary goals is to teach children how to make wise choices and live productively within their communities.

Centra Autism Program

AutismToolkit 6-14-smIn 2010, Centra Autism Program (CAP) was established in four Centra Rivermont Schools with campuses in Danville, Roanoke, Virginia Beach and Lexington. Our newest campus for CAP opened in 2014 in Lynchburg on the campus of Bridges Treatment Center. For additional information, click here.

Preschool is now available at the Roanoke campus only for children as young as 2 diagnosed with autism.

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Our Students

Centra Rivermont Schools are licensed and staff are trained to serve students with emotional, behavioral, learning and developmental disabilities including autism, intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injury. Classes are small -- no more than 10 students -- providing children with ample opportunities for individualized instruction.

"Improving quality while solving problems," from Mental Health Matters, December 2010 (pdf download).

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Our Curriculum

At Centra Rivermont Schools, our curriculum focuses on:

  • The teaching and learning experience
  • Social skills development
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Family support
  • Pre-vocational training
  • Positive behavior reinforcement
  • Appropriate adult role models

We were one of the first special education programs in Virginia to develop the co-teaching method, which remains the centerpiece of our teaching and learning model. We team academic teachers with mental health counselors within each classroom the entire school day. We follow each child's Individualized Education Plan (I.E.P.) designed to meet their specific needs.

"Demystifying Autism," from Mental Health Matters, October 2010 (pdf download).

rivermont-school-teacher-student-smOur Treatment Team

  • Board certified behavior analysts
  • Certified special education teachers
  • Mental health counselors
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Speech, occupational and physical therapists
  • School administrators

Accreditation and Licensing

Centra Rivermont Schools are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. All class credits earned are fully transferable. All Centra Rivermont Schools are fully accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

How To Refer

Students are referred to Centra Rivermont Schools through public school systems' special education departments in conjunction with Community Policy and Management Teams (CPMT) and Family Assessment and Planning Teams (FAPT).  To download a Centra Rivermont School Application and Referral Packet, please click here for a pdf version (right click on the pdf to save or print) and here for a Word document (.doc) download.  

To contact the principal of a particular school, please scroll down the page for the list of locations and contact information.  The email address for the principal of each school is provided. For additional information, please contact Lloyd Tannenbaum, Ed.D., Director of Centra Rivermont Schools, at 434.942.9638, 434.200.6567 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Fax to 434.200.4449.

Centra Rivermont Schools Are Growing!

Would you like to grow with us? Would a Centra Rivermont School be a valuable resource in your community?

We are always available to discuss the possibility of opening a Centra Rivermont School in your locality. For more information, please contact Dr. Lloyd Tannenbaum.

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Locations and Contact Information

Rivermont School - Lynchburg

bio sm Plaff3024 Forest Hills Circle
Lynchburg, VA 24507
Phone: 434.947.4697
Fax: 434.947.4082
Mr. Darren Pfaff, Principal

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Rivermont School - Chase City

633 N. Main Street
Chase City, VA 23924
Phone: 434.372.3303
Fax: 434.372.3199
Ms. Heidi B. Sheets, Principal

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Rivermont School - Dan River

bio sm Templeton4058 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, VA 24540
Phone: 434.836.7025
Fax: 434.836.7027
Ms. Terry Templeton, Principal

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Rivermont School - Roanoke Valley

bio sm Doyle1354 8th Street, SW
Roanoke, VA 24015
Phone: 540.342.4048
Fax: 540.342.5395
Ms. Stephanie Doyle, Principal

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Rivermont School - Tidewater

bio sm Martin5163 Cleveland St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: 757.497.4703
Fax: 757.497.4705
Ms. Fiesta Martin, Principal

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Rivermont School - Hampton

bio sm Spady303 Butler Farm Rd
Suite 100
Hampton, VA 23666
Phone: 757.766.2347
Fax: 757.766.1585
Dr. Paula Spady, Principal

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Rivermont School - Rockbridge

bio sm Hinkle35 Magnolia Square, Suite 7
Lexington, VA 24450

Phone: 540.463.6312
Fax: 540.463.6476

Mr. Robert "Bob" Hinkle, Principal

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Rivermont School - Alleghany Highlands

331 West Main St.
Covington, VA 24426
Phone: 540.965.6388
Fax: 540.965.6389
Mr. Brian Summo, Principal

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Rivermont School - Fredericksburg Region

bio sm Oxi30 Pulte Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Phone: 540.373.0726
Fax: 540.373.0729
Ms. Jenny Oxendine, Principal

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Rivermont School - Petersburg