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One of the most distinctive and valuable features of our school is its campus. The Sarah Dooley Center for Autism is located on the historic 82 acre campus of St. Joseph’s Villa, where our students enjoy tree-lined pedestrian avenues, outdoor classrooms, learning gardens, and newly renovated gym and dining facilities.

We take advantage of this unique resource in our daily school life. Time spent in a natural environment enhances children’s physical and mental health by providing opportunities for exploration, curiosity, imagination, reasoning and problem solving. These skills collectively play a large role in cognitive, emotional, and social development.

The Villa campus continually adapts to best meet the needs of our children and families. Recent renovations include:

  • A new perimeter road and pedestrian avenue to separate pedestrians from high-volume vehicular traffic and safely connect campus resources.
  • Increased handicapped accessibility across campus.
  • A new culinary arts center that trains students in life and career skills.
  • Restoration of the central garden and addition of a state-of-the-art Learning and Therapy Garden.

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To arrange a personal campus tour, please call our Development Office at 804-553-3220 or contact us here.

Recent News

Groundbreaking

Construction begins on new Sarah Dooley Center home

St. Joseph's Villa began a new chapter in its 185-year history as we launched construction on the home of our new Sarah Dooley Center for Autism. With the help of

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Defeating the isolation of autism - one proven method at a time

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial by Adam Dreyfus, Senior Director, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism at St. Joseph's Villa April is National Autism Awareness Month, and while science still has unanswered questions around

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Autism Heart

Living With A Severe Case Of Autism

The spectrum disorder known as autism includes three levels - mild, moderate, and severe. Every child with autism requires care, support, and supervision, but a child with severe autism has

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