Bear Creek Academy

Private Therapeutic Day School for Students with Disabilities

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2017-18 Academic Calendar

Our academic calendar for the 2017-2018 school year has been completed. View the 2017-18 School Calendar.

BCA Makes List of Top Schools Again

Bear Creek Academy is proud to announce that it has been selected for the second consecutive year by Virginia Living magazine as one of its Top High Schools & Colleges of 2016, a list of more than 150 programs in public and private high schools and four-and-two-year colleges leading the way in innovation across the state. Virginia Living recognized BCA for its excellence and innovation in the category of Special Needs, and in particular for our Personal Empowerment Program. After thorough review of each school’s programs and accomplishments, the magazine's editors selected schools that have instituted programs or recently begun capital improvements aimed at strengthening students’ experiences in and beyond the classroom.

An Evening with the Governor

Bear Creek Academy staff had the pleasure of enjoying dinner with Governor McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy during their visit to Bear Creek Lake State Park in August. During the dinner Mr. Montano gave a presentation and slide show that empasized Bear Creek Academy's long-standing relationship with the Park and the mission and history of the BCA Conservation Corps program. Also in attendance were Molly Ward, Secretary of Natural Resources, and Craig Seaver, Virginia State Parks Director, both of whom have helped support Bear Creek Academy's work with our local state parks. Pictured at right are Molly Ward, Ben Montano, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Jordan Whiley, and Cainan Townsend.


For a look into some of the exciting programs and activities at Bear Creek Academy, check out our Latest Newsletter (PDF, 1572 KB).


Bear Creek Academy is a therapeutic day school for students ages 11- 18 with learning and emotional disabilities. Our curriculum combines the general education courses required by the state for each grade level with a variety of engaging electives, community enrichment projects, and therapeutic activities designed to help our students achieve academic and emotional success. When learning is interactive and provides opportunities for personal growth, students become invested in their personal education and in turn begin to take ownership of their future.

Each classroom is staffed with an instructional teacher and a therapeutic advocate/teacher's aide. The daily classes will be in a small group setting, no more than 8 students per class, and provide students with needed accommodations and attention to meet their academic goals with success. The goal of the classroom is to provide students with a comfortable, safe environment for learning. Our small class sizes and in-school counseling interventions focus on helping our students learn social and emotional coping skills that they can utilize to learn more efficiently and to support their own personal growth.

In addition to our traditional academic classes, our teachers and therapeutic advocates engage in individualized and personalized instruction that utilizes diverse methods in environments beyond the classroom, from service learning opportunities within the community to powerful experiential outdoor adventures.

We are proud to be located in the Cumberland County Community Center, near the intersection of Route 45 and Highway 60. Our location in the heart of the county means that Cumberland, Buckingham, Prince Edward, and Powhatan counties now have affordable local access to private special education day school services. We believe that as a locally owned, community-based school we can effectively meet the educational, cultural, and economic needs of our community.