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Developing Real World Skills

Critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration.

Encouraging Creativity

Explore creativity through projects, music, and arts.

Collecting, Analyzing and Communicating

Learning to access & collect information as well as how to communicate their discoveries.

Building skills they need for a new marketplace

Agility, Adaptability, Initiative and Entrepreneurship

On Campus

Our unique approach nurtures a passion for learning that will be with the student for life. Our on campus learning program provides an environment that allows each student to flourish under the individualized guidance of teachers who are trained, not to teach the student subjects, but to encourage the student to think, explore, solve problems and communicate. A small teacher/student ratio allows us to develop a tailored approach to each student’s unique learning style as well as their needs and goals.


Off Campus

We offer an off campus support program that allows students and their families the flexibility and freedom to choose how they want to learn, regardless of where they are located. Our guides work with families to customize a learning plan to meet your child’s learning style and goals, monitor and grade activities, and provide a transcript upon graduation.


We also offer a blended program that combines the value of on campus, guided learning with the flexibility of off campus, independent learning. This completely customizable program allows for more parent input, provides a more diverse learning environment and offers flexibility in family budgeting.



LSUHS Mission & Vision

Our vision is to foster a lifelong love of learning, exploration and entrepreneurial thinking. Our programs will also encourage a strong desire for stewardship of the earth and its resources including watersheds in the Nation’s agricultural areas. Our students will be engaged in and excited about the endless possibilities they will see for their future in the myriad of related science, technology, engineering, mechanical and mathematics fields that they will be exposed to through our guided learning adventures.


Our Head of School

" It is such a pleasure to see frustrated, insecure teens metamorphose into competant and confident young adults. At LSUHS, we give them the tools they need to succeed in a 21st Century future. We show them kindness, compassion and trust. We allow them to learn to work independently, to experiment and to develop the skills to not only solve problems, but to recognize them ahead of time. It's not about the farm or the skills-based classes, it about learning in a holistic way."

- Resi Connell



Our Upcoming Events & Activities



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Our School

Facilities and Organizations

The school is located in Charles City, within easy reach of downtown Richmond, Mechanicsville, New Kent, Chester, Hopewell, and Eastern Chesterfield and Henrico Counties. A shuttle service is provided for students from several convenient locations in the Richmond area.

Project Based / Active Learning

Student centered learning with emphasis on core competencies, trade and life skills through farm and other projects.

Farm projects include equine science, goat-keeping, bee-keeping, animal husbandry, agriculture, mechanics, welding, carpentry, and more.

The Environment
Imagine, if you will, a high-school where students are free to learn at their pace and to pursue their interests. A school that is based on activities and projects that have meaning and provide value to both the student and the community. It is not a school with classrooms and desks. There is no disconnected curriculum, bits of this and that which the students must try to memorize and test for. Instead, they find themselves surrounded by abundant fresh air and limitless opportunities for personal growth, development of both critical thinking and real-world skills.
Much of the formal learning that takes place here at LOCAL STEW U will happen within the projects. Students will learn and immediately apply crucial 21st Century skills as they explore and develop their ideas. Projects include basic maths; geometry; economics; statistics; many of the sciences, including: earth, zoology, botany, life, chemistry; natural resources; conservation & stewardship; physics and more. College level research and data analysis skills are taught and reinforced throughout the student’s entire time at LoSU.
Extracurricular Activities
Students enjoy off-farm, team building, wilderness adventures each month. From overnight white water kayaking and backpacking trips to rock climbing and caving adventures!
Pathways Program
Advanced students are connected with personalized community service projects, career mentoring, local business internships, and college advising to help them prepare for life after high school.



Our News & Announcements

News, announcements and blog articles! Follow our progress, events and learning fun.

Vocational Classes for LSUHS & Homeschool Students!

Vocational Classes for LSUHS & Homeschool Students!

We are offering a carpentry class and a mechanics class this fall! Learn more and register for the classes on our farm homeschool class events page http://independencefuniefarm.com/events/category/events/homeschool-classes/  Featured in:       Richmond Times...

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LSUHS Calendar Corral: May/June 2019

LSUHS Calendar Corral: May/June 2019

  What's going on at LSUHS this month?  We've been so busy - we are behind in updating our site! So, we'll be talking about the remainder of May as well as June... In May, we are wrapping our Rocketry STEM class with a campout in Chincoteague, VA. We will be...

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LSUHS Calendar Corral: April 2019

LSUHS Calendar Corral: April 2019

What's going on at LSUHS this month? April is a short month as we return from our First Quarter Break! We are continuing our Rocketry STEM class, working on our greenhouses, and planning more adventures. STEM Courses Continuing: STEM classes for LSUHS students and the...

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5501 Monguy Rd
Charles City, VA 23030

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LSUHS welcomes all students regardless of race, religion, color, gender, nationality or ethnic origin.


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