Bear Creek Academy

Private Therapeutic Day School for Students with Disabilities


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.

Latest News

For all the latest BCA news, check out our 2012 Newsletter (PDF, 616 KB).

BCA Conservation Corps Featured on VA State Parks Web Site

Bear Creek Academy's Conservation Corps has logged hundreds of man-hours at Bear Creek Lake State Park. Read about it in the Virginia State Park's Blog.

In addition to working with Bear Creek Lake State Park, our students have also been helping to build and tend a community garden at the Cumberland County Community Center. They have also worked extensively with the restoration of Ellis Acres Memorial Park in Buckingham and the High Bridge Trail State Park in Farmville.

BCA Students Experience History

Students enrolled in history classes took a trip to Colonial Williamsburg last semester. All of the students took an active role in colonial life - some by participating in simulated court trials and assembly meetings, others by engaging in everyday activities such as carrying water, splitting firewood, and making candles.

Earlier last year, one of our summer school groups traveled to the National D-Day memorial located in Bedford,VA. During the guided tour they learned all the details about the planning, implementation, and outcome of the Allied invasion on the beaches of Normandy. Students came away with a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made by the brave soldiers involved in the operation.