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New Perspectives - October, 2001 Issue #86 

The Academy
Telephone (541) 572-5088
51287 Hatfield Road
Myrtle Point, Oregon 97458

The Academy is a boarding school system for adolescents 14 to 18 years of age who are struggling with low scholastic performance, anger and defiance, moderate drug abuse, and/or decreased self- esteem.

Adolescents begin with high-impact seminars at the Bridge campus, located along the Coquille River on the southern Oregon Coast. Upon completing the seminars, students transfer to the Coral Island campus in the Fiji Islands of the South Pacific, where they live in a team “family” arrangement and attend further seminar and workshop training. Both campuses are 100% American owned, operated and licensed by appropriate governmental agencies.

When appropriate, students do community service work in a neighboring Fijian village accompanied by Academy staff. To help student transition back into American culture, they spend a few weeks back at the Bridge campus, serving as mentors for the lower- division students who are preparing to embark for Fiji. This provides opportunities to teach the decision-making and relationship skills they have learned at The Academy, allowing them to internalize their experiences.

The Academy helps students improve their scholastic record, giving their graduates the opportunity to continue their education at the college or university level. They offer rolling enrollment and accredited coursework through the Keystone National High School.

Physical activity is emphasized, with a variety of activities available. Between the two campuses students can play basketball, volleyball, table tennis, participate in choir and drama, softball, soccer, swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, snorkeling, surfing, wake-boarding and sailing.

Parents and siblings are encouraged to attend a series of personal growth seminars similar to those of their students, and family dialogue is also cultivated through letters, phone calls, and arranged visits.

They are required by the State of Oregon to maintain a file on meal menus and do the same at Coral Island, operating both campuses as identically as possible, providing nutritional student meals and never “punishing” by providing non-nutritional food. They work closely with the State of Oregon at Bridge and emulate these policies at Coral Island, operating with virtually identical educational and behavioral components at both campuses.

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