Welcome to the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice 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 the 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) 371-0700.
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“It’s A Jungle Out There!” was the colorful theme of the DJJ Education Unit’s annual Summer Summit Aug. 16-18 at the Richmond Westin Hotel. The retreat provided an opportunity for administrative and instructional staff from the recently combined forces of the Beaumont and Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Centers to get to know each other and to begin working collaboratively on curriculum offered at Yvonne B. Miller High School as well as post-graduate college-level courses. During the event, attendees reviewed the Virginia Department of Education’s “State of Education Report and Data from 2015-2017;” re-established goals for 2017-18 while analyzing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT); and discussed agency collaboration, responsibilities and ownership. Special presentations were given by Rhonda Jackson-Smith, Director of Post-Secondary Programs; Emily Hill, Director of Testing and Assessment; Jill Sowers Becker, Director of Special Education and Gifted Programs; and Vickie Virvos of DJJ’s Training and Development staff about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The event was capped by the guest appearance of Yvonne B. Miller’s new cougar mascot.