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Rivermont School Alleghany Highlands

The Rivermont School Alleghany Highlands in downtown Covington provides a therapeutic educational program for students, ages 5-22, with special needs, including autism, who have difficulty learning in a traditional school setting. Our mission is to help students learn to manage their behaviors so they can return to their home schools, graduate and become productive citizens.

  • Academic rigor
  • Career readiness
  • Education for ages 5-22
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Individualized instruction
  • School wide PBIS
  • Small class size
  • Social skills and development
  • Strengths oriented approach
  • Board certified behavior analysts
  • Certified special education teachers
  • Mental health counselors
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Speech, occupational and physical therapists
  • School administrators
  • The teaching and learning experience
  • Social skills development
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Family support
  • Pre-vocational training
  • Positive behavior reinforcement
For more information

Ms. Shannon Ware, Principal
331 West Main St.
Covington, VA 24426
Phone: 540.965.6388
Fax: 540.965.6389
Email: shannon.ware@centrahealth.com


Students are referred to Centra Rivermont Schools through public school systems' special education departments in conjunction with Community Policy and Management Teams (CPMT) and Family Assessment and Planning Teams (FAPT).

For more information about Rivermont Schools, licensing, and accreditation, etc. visit

Rivermont Schools.com


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Rivermont Autism Program (RAP)
Rivermont Autism Program (RAP)
Dedicated Autism classrooms

The Rivermont Autism Program (RAP) at Rivermont Alleghany provides academic and behavioral services for students in grades K-12 in dedicated classrooms.  RAP focuses on family-centered, evidence based treatments with a foundation in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behavior.  

RAP Application.
RAP Application.

The application below is specific to the Rivermont Autism Program (RAP)

In-Home Autism Services
In-Home Autism Services
We offer in-home services for clients up to age 21 in the Rockbridge/Alleghany Area.  

Please contact: Melinda (Mindy) Hemp-Gardzinski , Ed.S., BCBA, LBA at 434-485-2890 or Mindy.Hemp-Gardzinski@Centrahealth.com for more information. 

Centra’s in-home services provide ABA therapy in conjunction with person centered treatment to reduce maladaptive behaviors and teach adaptive, communication and social skills. We focus on both the individual child and the family system as a whole with data driven methods to support progress.