Virginia Randolph Education Center
Virginia Randolph Education Center (VREC) assists students with disabilities to strengthen academic performance and enhance postsecondary options. The center specializes in the areas of Intellectual Disabilities (ID), Autism, Emotional Disabilities (ED), Physical Disabilities, Learning Disabilities (LD) and Other Health Impairments (OHI). Students are placed at VREC through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.
VREC is a positive and welcoming place that allows students with disabilities to experience the many aspects of a comprehensive school in the least restrictive environment possible. The curriculum is Standards of Learning (SOL) based but is modified to meet the needs of a very diverse population. Classrooms are designed with adaptive equipment and state-of-the-art technology resources. Accommodations are barrier-free and include a handicapped-accessible playground complete with sensory activities, a garden, greenhouse, cafe, mobile library and rooms with soothing colors and lighting to elicit a calming effect for children with sensory and behavioral issues. VREC has a basketball team and cheerleading, spirit week, prom, talent shows, diversity activities, dances, and field day.
Teachers and staff are highly dedicated professionals with a commitment to provide the most supportive and appropriate education to the students. All teachers are certified in exceptional education. Paraprofessionals and assistants provide help in the classroom as well as Targeted Assistance to students who require one-on-one interaction to find success.
The Rhonda Banks Center at VREC provides specialized instruction for students with Autism. A highly trained staff delivers services that offer direct instruction to reinforce the principles of applied behavior analysis combined with social skills training.
Older students receive pre-vocational training and transition services to ensure they acquire the knowledge and functional skills to to prepare them for postsecondary education, employment, and independent living.
Virginia Randolph Education Center firmly believes its students should have all of the experiences of a comprehensive school at a level that can best support them. It is a hopeful place that provides care, support and a true school experience to some of Henrico County’s most exceptional children.
Jesse M. Casey, Principal