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).


Project Discovery

STEP provides tutoring, educational support, SAT and college application preparation, college visits, and other related assistance to low-income middle and high school students who want to go to college (and are often the first in their family to attend college). Through Project Discovery we help students enrolled at Franklin County High School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School and, of course, LIFES Academy.


LIFES Academy Private Day School School Wellness 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