Chesterfield Recovery Academy


One step, one day, one success at a time: Chesterfield Recovery Academy is a year-round program serving high school students from central Virginia who are recovering from drug addiction.

Virginia’s first recovery high school, the program opened in August 2022. Recovery high schools are designed for students who are in early recovery from substance-use disorders. Chesterfield Recovery Academy students receive the academic, emotional and social support necessary to complete their high school education. The program also provides flexibility to allow students to participate in internships or hold a job while enrolled. This structured system of support and preparation for the future sets students on a path toward continued success.

In addition to Chesterfield County Public Schools, the program receives assistance from health agencies, local and state government programs, police and legal agencies to help students navigate through recovery while working toward their high school diploma. The program is funded through legislation approved by the Virginia General Assembly and Virginia’s governor in June 2022.

School Information

13900 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, Virginia 23112

Phone: 804-639-8722

Chesterfield Recovery Academy ribbon cutting ceremony


Students attend school each day in person. Because students enter Chesterfield Recovery Academy at different academic levels, classes are conducted online to allow each student an individualized, self-paced curriculum that meets their needs. Students have access to all credits needed for graduation, including:

  • English

  • World language

  • Mathematics

  • PE/health

  • Science

  • Pathway/internship 

  • Social studies

  • Unified arts

  • Computer science

One Step, One Day, One Success at a Time

Virginia’s first recovery high school program celebrated a successful first year during a May 18 completion ceremony. With families and other supporters in attendance, therapy dog Lettie led students into the ceremony. A total of 12 students completed the 2022-23 school year at Chesterfield Recovery Academy, and two of those students completed their high school diploma requirements and will graduate with their high school classes later this month.

Superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools Merv Daugherty noted that Chesterfield Recovery Academy opened just 10 months ago and is now a role model for the rest of Virginia. Dr. Daugherty said, “We are very proud of what we’ve been able to do to help students. We’re excited about what the future holds for the students. … Today we get a chance to shake your hand as you walk across the stage and thank you for being willing to take the next step forward.”

Students pose for a photo after their graduation ceremony

Student Support

To help students continue to find their path forward, substance abuse and mental health counselors are on staff in addition to teachers and administrators. Chesterfield Recovery Academy students have access to group and individual counseling. A close-knit community of support helps students navigate through recovery while working to achieve their high school diploma.


Chesterfield Recovery Academy is open to students from Region 1 school divisions in central Virginia:

  • Charles City County

  • Chesterfield County

  • Colonial Heights

  • Dinwiddie County

  • Goochland County

  • Hanover County

  • Henrico County

  • Hopewell

  • New Kent County

  • Petersburg

  • Powhatan County

  • Prince George County

  • Richmond

  • Surry County

  • Sussex County

To be considered for enrollment, students must be substance free for 20 to 30 days. Once enrolled, students may remain in Chesterfield Recovery Academy through graduation or may return to their home school when they feel ready to do so. If the academy reaches its enrollment limit, applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Admission continues on a rolling basis as openings become available. 

To be considered for enrollment, complete the interest form and a staff member will contact you for more information.