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New Perspectives - Dec, 1994 Issue #31 

Sisters, Oregon
Betsy Jacobson, Director of Admissions

Planning to open their doors for their first students in January 1995, The Academy plans to develop a small preparatory secondary school for young women. Organized under the parent organization J Bar J Youth Services, the school's goal is to offer "the finest in therapeutic residential living and education, blended with unparalleled recreational opportunity...." 

"The Academy is located on a former working ranch, and is situated on the Central Oregon High Desert at the base of the Oregon Cascades." They have "12,000 square feet of living and educational facilities in a western 'executive ranch' setting." 

Personal attention is very important, "from individualized educational planning and family- based treatment to specialized recreational opportunities." They offer private and semi-private rooms for the students. "We will develop specific curriculum and approaches for your child by evaluating the individual needs of each student through interpersonal assessment; talking with the student about their needs in the areas of living, learning and working. From this assessment, personalized therapeutic and educational plans are developed that address the unique requirements of your child." 

The student-teacher ratio will be 6:1, and the curriculum extends from remedial through advanced/honors coursework. "The Personalized Education Plan, developed in close consultation with student and family, will outline both short and long-term goals for your child's success. Planning for college and/or technical training/career development will be a team effort between staff and students." They are accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and focus on preparing students for the 21st Century workforce. 

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