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Lower, Middle and Upper Schools


As with all educational services provided by The Faison Center, the Lower School, Middle School and Upper School Programs are accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF) and are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education.


Lower School

The Lower School Program provides educational services to students up to 11 years old. As students progress through the Lower School curriculum, they may either continue on to the Middle School or move to a less restrictive teaching environment, such as The Faison Center’s Independent Learner Communities.

Middle School

The Middle School Program serves students ages 11 to 14 years old. Emphasis is placed on expanding functional communication, increasing independence with self-help and daily living skills, safety skills, building on skills to improve social interactions, academics and age-appropriate recreational activities. Once a student has completed this program, they will move up to the Upper School.


Upper School

For students ages 14 to 22 years old, the Upper School Program teaches applied academics with a focus on fostering independence. Upon completion of the Upper School program, students often enter The Faison Center’s Life Skills or Employment Academy, where they continue their education while exploring vocational opportunities and learning essential life skills. In partnership with other community organizations, Upper School students have the opportunity to engage in social interactions with typically developing peers.


Schedule and Location

The Lower, Middle and Upper School operate year-round, Monday through Friday from 8:15am until 2:15pm. The programs are located in the main building on The Faison and Peninsula School's campuses.

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