Charlottesville Alternative School Moves to New Location

Aug. 14, 2014

Elk Hill is an alternative school in Charlottesville that used to call a basement on Park Street home, that was until Thursday when the school celebrated its move of all moves.

After two years of trying to find the right fit, Elk Hill landed in the old National Business College building on Route 29 in Charlottesville.

The school held an open house that gave the community a chance to see the new set-up before school starts on August 25.

This year, 34 students from Albemarle and Greene Counties and Charlottesville, ranging from grades one to 12, will be attending the new facility.

"We have students who are not successful at home. Not successful at school, but if we can bring them in and give them the skills and the strategies and sometimes the words to say when they're in these difficult situations, then we're making them successful. They can apply it down the road," said Director of Education Darlene Ferguson.

"Being in this location is huge, feeling a sense of accomplishment, but also a sense of having the resources and the location to serve more kids and families to keep growing," said Elk Hill Community Services Coordinator Nikki Bowles.

Elk Hill is currently in the running with 11 other schools in the nation for an imagination playground and you can help them win by voting here on Facebook, beginning August 18.

The playground is a movable play system made out of giant, lightweight foam blocks that kids can stack and make into whatever their imaginations can create.

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