School Age

Education services are available at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital for school-age children from first grade through high school graduation. Students are encouraged to attend school for individual and small group instruction in the classrooms. Bedside services are also available for students who are confined to their rooms.

Students may be enrolled in the Hospital Education Program (HEP) starting with the first day of admission. Contact is made with the child’s home school to obtain assignments and associated Standards of Learning (SOL). For students enrolled in the HEP, credit for completed academic work and attendance is transferred to their home schools. Upon discharge, a summary of the student’s participation and educational progress is sent to the home school and to the parent.

For the child who is in special education, a copy of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) is requested from the home school division. With parent permission the IEP may be modified for use during hospitalization. For the child who is suspected of having a disability, the HEP, in collaboration with the home school and parent, may initiate the eligibility process.

All HEP services are free to children and their families. For additional information, contact (434) 924-2658.