Youth Services

LIFES Academy (Lessons in Fundamental and Essential Skills)

LIFES Academy provides an engaging alternative setting for students with special needs. We help students shape appropriate attitudes, behaviors, and life skills so they can realize their fullest potential both academically and socially.

As its foundation, LIFES Academy embraces a partnership approach. We work with each student, family, and our other community partners to ensure each individual student’s success by addressing not only the presenting symptoms but also their root causes. We serve students with developmental delays, emotional and intellectual disabilities, as well as health, learning, speech and language challenges.

LIFES Academy is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education and is an accredited member of the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF). Students are referred to LIFES Academy through their LEA's special education department in cooperation with the locality's Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) and Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT).

See a typical day at LIFES!

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Project Discovery

Project Discovery is a college access program offered in grades 9-12 through STEP. Project Discovery encourages students to stay in and graduate high school and provides resources and tools for students to successfully make the transition to education beyond high school.

Through Project Discovery we empower students enrolled at Franklin County High School and LIFES Academy by providing tutoring, educational support, SAT and college application preparation, college visits, and other related assistance to low-income, first generation high school students who want to go to college.
For more information or to apply, visit Project Discovery of Virginia, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


LIFES Academy Private Day School School Wellness Policy

LIFES Academy Free Meal Policy


To make a referral, schedule a tour, or for more information about LIFES Academy or our programs, please contact us:

200 Dent Street
Rocky Mount, VA 24151