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Schools, Programs, & Visit Reports - Aug, 1992 Issue 

Carson Long Institute
Col. Juan I. Tejera
(717) 582-2121
Visit by Tom Croke - January 22, 1992
(412) 532-0490

A school I visited last January deserves brief mention here. Although it is somewhat outside the mainstream of WOODBURY REPORTS. Carson Long Institute simply should no longer be the best kept secret in American Education.

Carson Long is a very simple, basic, military school, for boys in grades six through twelve. Located in Central Pennsylvania, it provides structure at a level comparable to many structured boarding schools (although unlike those schools it is not and does not support to be a therapeutic school, in any sense).

Although I would have needed more time to assure myself in greater depth, initial appearances would suggest that CLI really does maintain a clean, conservative standard of conduct on campus, free of significant substance abuse and other nuisances of the 1990ís. In fact, I felt like I was back in a 1950ís era Boy Scout Camp.

The amazing thing is that it does all of this for $6,500 per year, for room, board, tuition, AND TEXTBOOKS, plus a one-time $950 charge for uniforms (i.e., first year only, unless uniforms are outgrown) and an estimated $600 (only) for incidentals and recreation CLI offers some support for ESL and mildly learning disabled students. I did not evaluate this closely, so ask many questions.

The academic program is simple and concrete, with no frills and a young faculty, but well in touch with the needs of the boys. A student who happened to offer me directions (a random choice, not an admission office plant), said, ďAt first, I didnít want to come here. Back home in New York, I was truant, failing in school and just running wild. This place saved my life.Ē His father is the doorman in a New York City apartment building, able to afford his sonís tuition.

CLI does into want to be typed as a school for the behaviorally dysfunctional, and would have many questions before accepting a student who would border on being a candidate for a special purpose school. But, they deserve consideration for many boys who need more structure, especially when the familyís resources are modest.

CLIís approach to marketing has been to wait for people to knock on the door, and since 1837, people have done just that. Partly due to my persuasion, Col. Juan Tejera, Academic Dean, will be at the Boston IECA meeting this fall. I hope you will introduce yourself.

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