Academic Overview


Little Keswick School offers a full academic program based on each student’s needs. Students have an Individual Service Plan (ISP) or Individual Education Plan (IEP) developed for them when entering the school. These plans include long-term and short-term goals for academics, residential and therapeutic areas.

Standardized testing (primarily the Woodcock Johnson III), student records, and the present level of performance aid in determining class placement, course selection, and individual objectives in the student’s ISP/IEP. The unique wrap-around service that LKS utilizes balances the goals that continuity for the student between all areas is achieved.

The Academic Center with its five spacious classrooms supports effective direct teaching, individual practice, and the individualized programming our students require. New science and speech communication labs complement the traditional instruction in the classroom.

Each teacher at Little Keswick School holds Virginia teacher certification in Special Education with endorsements in the areas of emotional disturbance and/or learning disabilities. The teacher, with the help of a classroom assistant, provides instruction in all the basic academic areas to a class of six to eight students.

The teacher is the head of the Advisory Team, the group of people who help make decisions for the student’s program. The Advisory Team is an essential part of the Little Keswick School program and includes: the teacher, residential counselor, therapist, and any other persons involved with the student’s education or services.

Course offerings include English (language arts/reading), mathematics, science, social studies, and physical education. Self-contained classrooms with few transitions allow students with attention and behavioral learning problems to experience greater success.

Aspergers individualized instruction
I can never thank this wonderful school enough. The program is excellent, the teachers and staff are professional and loving, and the outside resources are excellent.
— A parent from Washington D.C.