Our residential and community-based educational programs offer structured learning environments for students (ages 5 to 22) with low student-to-teacher ratios (4:1) and specialized programming with an emphasis on classroom ecology, individualized and direct academic instruction, differentiation, sensory integration, comprehensive evaluation and parent collaboration. Programming at The Hughes Educational Center is designed to improve socialization, reduce maladaptive behaviors and successfully transition our students to a less restrictive educational setting.
Each student at The Hughes Center receives a functional behavioral assessment, a sensory assessment, a behavioral intervention plan, and (if applicable) physical, occupational, speech and language therapies as outlined by his or her Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Daily progress and response to prescribed interventions are documented and evaluated across multiple environments to determine the effectiveness of the interventions.
The community-based day school is licensed by the Virginia Department of Education to serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Emotional (ED), Intellectual (ID) and/or Significant Learning Disabilities (SLD), Other Health Impairments (OHI), and Speech and Language Impairments (SLI).
Additional program features include:
The Hughes Educational Center is licensed by the Virginia Department of Education and accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Special Education Facilities (VAISEF) and by COGNIA (national accreditation).
1601 Franklin Turnpike Danville, VA 24540 | Phone: 434-836-8517 | Fax: 434-836-8552
1117 Cherry Hill Church Road South Boston, VA 24592 | Phone: 434-471-4930 | Fax: 434-572-0066
Referrals may be submitted by the parent (or guardian), Local Education Agency (LEA) and/or CSA Team.
It is highly recommended that parents collaborate with their local IEP or CSA Teams prior to making the referral to ensure that placement at the Hughes Educational Center is the least restrictive environment and the most appropriate placement to address the potential student’s needs.
The Hughes Center’s professional staff are here to help. Call 434-836-8500 for a no-cost, confidential assessment Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.