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Snowden Academy closing

Snowden at Fredericksburg is located on the Mary Washington Hospital campus.

Snowden Academy, the private day school operated by Mary Washington Healthcare, will close at the end of the school year.

A Mary Washington official said last week that the closing will affect about 30 children in grades three through 12.

“Providing education is not the core mission of Mary Washington Healthcare,” said Eric Fletcher, senior vice president for marketing and communications. “We’re going to let the schools do what they do well, and we’ll concentrate on what we do well.”

The school was founded in 1997 and is located within Snowden at Fredericksburg, a 40-bed, psychiatric hospital, across the street from Mary Washington Hospital.

The school’s closing means that local school systems must find alternate placements for the children who are enrolled at the academy. “I’m really disappointed,” said Sue Clark, director of special programs for Stafford County schools. “They were an integral part of what we do here daily within our special education program.”

The closing also will allow Mary Washington to expand its mental health services at Snowden at Fredericksburg. These expansions will allow some of the patients who now go elsewhere for mental health services to remain in the community, Fletcher said.

(For more on the closing of Snowden Academy, see the story soon in the paper.)


  • ExPat

    If they didn’t do it well, why did counties send their students there from over an hour away? They serviced a specific part of the community as well as the region for over 10 years like nobody else could.

  • InsiderOpinion

    does chicken crap smell like chicken salad? The reason is like everything else at MWHC these days…money. The executives can’t get a big bonus without cutting non revenue generating entities like SA. MWHC needs new leadership!!!