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New Dominion School of Virginia

Outdoor Therapeutic Program

New Dominion School of Virginia Program Information

Gender: Male/Female separate campuses
Ages: 11 to 17
Grades: 5 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 72 Males / 48 Females
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1976
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New Dominion School of Virginia Contact Information

P.O. Box 540
Dillwyn, VA 23936
Phone: (434) 983-2051
Fax: (434) 983-2068
School Contact: Mike Forman
Alternative Contact: Dave Ottinger
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

New Dominion School of Virginia is devoted to the healing and restoration of children and their families. Our efforts are governed by the principles of honor, respect, teamwork, responsibility, and honesty. We help students learn to set goals and maintain commitment to them, for without goals, lives are undisciplined and non-directed. Individuals learn to become part of a cooperative team. Little can be accomplished without the valuable contribution of each team member.

over 30 years, Three Springs New Dominion Virginia has provided treatment for boys and girls with behavioral and emotional difficulties. Using a combination of traditional psychological and psychiatric treatment, our program helps troubled teens to identify destructive patterns of behavior and teaches them coping skills to improve their ability to manage strong emotions, peer pressure and conflicts within the family. We specialize in helping students ages 11 to 17. Our caring staff work with parents and other professionals to design a treatment plan that is specific to your child’s and family’s needs. Students will have the opportunity to make progress in school, develop stronger family relationships, social skills and self-care.

Common diagnoses and problems treated at New Dominion Virginia are Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety), Substance Abuse (secondary diagnosis), and features of Borderline Personality Disorder. We also address and treat specific stressors that are manifested within a given diagnosis. Some of these include parental divorce, poor school performance, poor peer relationships, adoption, grief over a death, low self-esteem, blended family and any other issue that have led to complicating the teen’s life.

Three Springs New Dominion Virginia is licensed by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Social Services. Our school is licensed by the Virginia Department of Education and accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. We are approved to accept international students.

New Dominion Virginia staff empathizes with how difficult the process of determining the appropriate placement for your son can be, so we put forth every effort to make the experience as efficient as possible. New Dominion Virginia accepts admissions Year Round, and admissions staff are available for contact 24 hours a day to assist families with questions and help them through the admissions process.

You can call the program directly during normal business hours and speak to the Director of Admissions, Michael Forman, for more information about the New Dominion Virginia and to schedule a tour.

Applications are accepted at any time, and enrollment is not limited to a specific time of year. Out of state families are required to file the Interstate Compact Request Form prior to enrollment. Our Admissions Department can provide details on how this is done.

Requests to visit campus are welcomed. Tours must be made in advance so that staff will be available. Office hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.

Interested parties are encouraged to call for more information and will be asked to provide detailed information regarding their child's previous history. Such information should include social history, professional contacts, such as educational consultants, psychological, psychiatric and medical histories, and academic transcripts. Applications are accepted at any time, and enrollment is not limited to a specific time of year. Out of state families are required to file the Interstate Compact Request Form prior to enrollment.

The admissions process first begins with a thorough review of each child’s current and past behaviors, clinical and educational evaluations, as well as treatment and health history. Consultation with parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s), as well as referring professionals is also facilitated by our admissions staff. Admissions and clinical staff then review all information gathered, and an answer of whether or not your child is approved for admission can typically be given within 24 hours.

Ideally, admissions take place Monday through Friday during regular business hours, but the admissions staff will work with each family to determine the best time for an admission, including evenings and weekends when deemed necessary.

Schedule a Tour

Upon arrival, families are given a tour of the campus guided, by current New Dominion Virginia students. These tours are unaccompanied by staff, to provide our families an opportunity to talk candidly with our residents about their experience at New Dominion Virginia. During the tour, staff from all departments are readily available for the visiting families to sit and talk, to provide them with in depth knowledge of all aspects of the program. A thorough tour usually takes several hours and comfortable dress is encouraged.

New Dominion Virginia accepts young men and women from all over the country and internationally, so we understand that not all families will be able to tour the facilities before admitting their child. If you are interested in setting up a tour, contact admissions staff for times, directions and hotel information.

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