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Rivermont School Chase City

The Rivermont School Chase City provides a therapeutic educational program for students, ages 5-22, with special needs including autism who have difficulty learning in a traditional school setting. Rivermont’s 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

Kathy Tuthill , Principal
633 North Main Street, Chase City, VA  23924
Fax: 434.372.3199
Email: kathy.tuthill@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

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.  

For more information, contact Principal Kathy Tuthill.

Application for RAP

The application below is specific to the Rivermont Autism Program, a service of Rivermont Schools.

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Elementary School Music Program
Elementary School Music Program

One high school student not able to stay on task and maintain positive behavior.  I had been in charge of the music program for the elementary class at Chase City since April 2016, and I knew he played guitar.  So, one day I asked if he could assist me with the elementary school music class. 

The change in the student’s mood, facial expression and body language assistant was immediate. My guitars fascinated him. He showed the younger students how to hold a pick, number the strings, and to do a simple strum pattern. I asked him if he knew wanted to play a song.  His hand trembled noticeably as he placed them on the fret board, but when he began to play those hands were graceful and smooth. His body language became so calm--the song was no doubt one of his favorites. He finished and thanked me for the opportunity.  I knew then that I had found common ground with the student and a good coping device for him.

Unbeknownst to me, some middle school students were listening and asked if they could watch him play.  They were captivated.  From that day on, different students would ask to join the elementary classroom’s music class.  We now are starting a music program for all students interested in guitar. And that high school student is still helping me with the music class. 

Marvin Harris
Counselor, Elementary Classroom

2015 – 2016 High School Success Story
2015 – 2016 High School Success Story

Student “X” first started attending Rivermont School – Chase City in August 2006 when he was in 3rd grade.  Throughout the next several years, he was in and out of our program.  He attempted to transition back to public school a couple of different times, but was unsuccessful.  He also went to residential and was hospitalized.  His senior year (2015-2016), the LEA contacted us again and told us that he only needed two classes to graduate and really had no other options, would we please give him another chance.  We allowed student “X” to return for those two classes and he passed the two classes, as well as his VSEP Math, and graduated with his Modified Diploma on May 27, 2016!

Middle School Story
Middle School Story

We love how our students have so quickly made the the Pledge of Allegiance and our classroom Mantra an important part of the day.  They are enthusiastic about both of these and remind us if we forget or are a little out of order.  The students all willingly stand proudly and pledge the flag.  How quickly the new students memorized the mantra and the old students remembered it warms our hearts.  The Middle school students have made us very proud!

Cheryl McGarvey.
Special Education Teacher

What Rivermont Chase City is Known For
What Rivermont Chase City is Known For

I started my journey with Chase City Rivermont this past summer.  The one thing that truly stands out is the staff’s and student’s pride for our basketball team.  Our team is talked about daily here in Chase City, students aspire to be one of the players on our team.  Practices begin in the fall and the students work hard in order to be able to participate in these practices.  Basketball is a strong motivator for our students, it is working to help reduce problematic behavior in the classrooms.  Our middle school counselor – Sean Gayles, head up the tournament and is our team coach.  I am proud to be a CHASE CITY BULLDOG!!!