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Welcome to Lugo-McGinness Academy

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Lugo-McGinness Academy is a small, non-traditional academy that serves Charlottesville City Schools students in grades 8-12. Students may self-select or be referred for admission to the program.

Students attending the academy are offered personalized learning through blended and face-to-face instruction, small class size, field trips, Student Leadership Council, recreational basketball, a library, a gym, and a small garden. Lugo-McGinness Academy operates with four pillars:

  • Be Courageous
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be a Community Member

Along with curricular offerings and an academic program, the academy provides a supportive, trauma-responsive environment to meet students’ social and emotional needs.

Students Served

Students enrolled at Lugo-McGinness Academy may be referred by:

  • Charlottesville High School or Buford Middle School administration
  • Charlottesville City Schools’ Chief Academic Officer
  • Parent or self-referral
  • Charlottesville City School Board

Services Offered

Academic services offered:

  • Individualized programs of course work
  • Credit recovery
  • Graduation acceleration
  • Work experience/ vocational training
  • Comprehensive counseling
  • High school diplomas

Student support services offered:

  • Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Student success coaching offered by National Counseling Group
  • Regular field trips to locations such as Wildrock

Program Administrator:

Dr. Lamont K. Trotter
341 11th St. NW
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 245-2406

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