YVONNE B. MILLER HIGH SCHOOL

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Welcome to DJJ's Division of Education. The goal of Yvonne B. Miller High School administrators and staff is to provide a caring and safe environment where students can become college and career ready to reenter their communities as productive citizens. Our dedicated staff encourages students to focus on their potential by providing opportunities that cultivate the development of critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, collaboration, oral and written communication, and creativity skills. Our aim is to provide quality instructional practices and programs for each student to improve student performance

Students who have completed requirements for a high school diploma or high school equivalency have the opportunity to continue their education in post-graduate classes. Post-graduate offerings include barbering, quilting, dog handling, fiber optics, culinary arts, national retail, and financial literacy

We recognize the importance of families and parents, and invite you to partner with our dedicated, highly qualified professional educators and support personnel to meet the needs of our students. Working together and becoming involved in the academic planning and well-being of the students increases the likelihood of their success. We welcome communication with parents and family as we create a system of support for each student.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Gayle Lay at (804) 432-7377.

Curriculum and Instruction

The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science and other subjects.

SOL tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history/social science measure the success of students in meeting the Board of Education’s expectations for learning and achievement. All items on SOL tests are reviewed by Virginia classroom teachers for accuracy and fairness and teachers also assist the state Board of Education in setting proficiency standards for the tests.

Guidance

The school counselors provide guidance to students in their academic and career planning in accordance with the guidelines of the Virginia Department of Education. They schedule students in courses based on individual educational needs, and collaborate with administrators, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders to promote an environment conducive to helping students learn and achieve their educational, career, and personal goals.

Guidance resources:

High School Equivalency Criteria

To be eligible to enroll a student in the high school equivalency program, the Department of Juvenile Justice’s Division of Education uses the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age
  • 2 years behind his/her 9th grade cohort
  • Length of stay at a correctional institution
  • Score at least 145 on the GED Ready as a qualifier to be administered the official high school equivalency test
  • Students’ reading grade level
  • Student interest in a post-graduate program
  • Previously enrolled in the high school equivalency program from another high school

Performance Measures

Goal: To have appropriate and successful programming in the Juvenile Correctional Centers.

  • Commit to recruitment, retention and evaluation of quality staff
  • Provide quality instructional practices and programs
  • Develop and maintain effective communication among all stakeholders
  • Establish and implement data analysis systems
  • Ensure compliance in educational programs

Contacts

Administration

Dr. Melinda J. Boone
Deputy Director of Education
(804) 588-3893
melinda.boone@djj.virginia.gov

Gayle Lay
Administrative Assistant
(804) 588-3912
gayle.lay@djj.virginia.gov

Johnell Ferrell
(804) 489-6810
johnell.ferrell@djj.virginia.gov

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
Post-Secondary Programs

Deana Williams
(804) 356-1817
deana.williams@djj.virginia.gov

Special Education & Gifted Programs

Jill Sowers
(804) 971-7761
jill.sowers@djj.virginia.gov

Testing & Assessment

Emily Hill
(804) 291-7757
emily.hill@djj.virginia.gov

Behavior Analysis

Autumn Kaufman
(804) 484-4051
autumn.kaufman@djj.virginia.gov

Resources

EduTopics Newsletter

Division of Education Organization Chart

YBMHS Calendar for 2021-22