Henrico Schools opens ‘The Oak’ center with new services and programs for families

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The former Highland Springs High School is now being reimagined as the Oak Avenue Complex, a multi-use center that will connect Henrico County Public Schools students and families with community services and new academic opportunities.

Center — or “Oak” will have a grand opening on Tuesday, January 17th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the campus located at 15 S. Oak Avenue in Highland Springs. Henrico County Public School officials will open the facility at 4:30 p.m., and doors will open to visitors at 5 p.m. for a tour of the facility.

Oak is Henrico’s first “full-service community school center” and aims to connect students and families to community resources such as quality health care and wholesome nutrition.

The high school campus of the Achievable Dream Certified Academy will also be located in the new center. This program will allow sixth, seventh and eighth graders to learn social skills, go on field trips and participate in cross-curricular activities.

The Oak will also serve as a temporary home for the Highland Springs Center for Advanced Professional Education (ACE) while the center’s permanent home undergoes major renovations. The updated permanent ACE Center is expected to open in the fall.

Henrico schools organizers hope to establish similar full-service centers in Henrico’s other four judicial districts in the future, as well as limited program sites at nearby schools.

Families who would like more information about services at the Oak Avenue complex can contact Family and Community Outreach at 804-226-5231.

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