LANDMARK EAST RENOVATES CAMPUS AND OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS
(Winter 2002) Landmark East, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, 800-565-5887,
announced the renovations of the girl’s residence and Academic Center, with ribbon cutting ceremonies on October 25, 2001. Also, thanks
to the “generous support of the Theodore S. & Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Foundation, “more students with learning disabilities
are getting the help they need at Landmark East this year.”
NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL
(February 3, 2002) The Boston Globe Magazine carried Donna Gold’s report “Schooling
dropouts” that featured the Community School in Camden, Maine,
firstname.lastname@example.org, co-founded and co-directed by Emanuel Pariser.
According to the sub-title, “The little Community School in Camden, Maine makes a big difference by holding students responsible to
the town, to the school, and to one another.” Praiser also reviewed “Chain Camera:
Video Diaries,” (director: email@example.com). The 90 minutes of videotape was shot entirely
by students at Los Angeles’ John Marshall High School. Praiser describes it as a “must see for educators, social workers, professors
of education, parents, in fact, anyone who wants to have a direct, intimate, unperturbed glimpse of adolescents on the edge.”
BREHM PREPARATORY SCHOOL PERFORMS ORIGINAL PLAY
(Spring 2002) Brehm Preparatory School, Carbondale, IL, 618-457-0371, Drama
Club students received a standing ovation by faculty, staff, parents & students. The group, led by Southern Illinois University
graduate student Amber Hopkins, created, developed and performed the three-act play early this winter, that explored problems
faced by today’s teenagers. Participating students felt they were helped by this project, which had the goal of increasing problem solving
abilities when faced with everyday events.
SOAR CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY
(Spring 2002) SOAR, (Success Oriented Achievement Realized), Balsam, North Carolina,
828-456-3435, reminisced in their “Eagle View Newsletter” that it seemed like yesterday when the Houston-based SOAR group
began planning their next adventures in 1977. That was twenty-five years ago, and now the accredited program has “two incredible outdoor
learning centers in North Carolina and Wyoming, with the Canadian Rockies Adventure as their latest creation.
DECK HOUSE SCHOOL PLANS DORM, RELAUNCHES WEBSITE
(Spring 2002) The Deck House School, Edgecomb, Maine, 207-8822-7055,
with their Long Range Planning committee and architect have completed a set of plans for their older boys dorm. This “most ambitious
building project,” will make their dream of bringing everyone under one roof, a reality. They have also relaunched their redesigned
WWASP WELCOMES ACADEMY AT IVY RIDGE
(March 2002) The World Wide Association of Specialty Schools and Programs WWASP,
800-637-0701 (Teen Help) or 800-818-6228 (Cross Creek), welcomes the Academy at Ivy Ridge, Director, Jason
Finlinson, to its network. Ivy Ridge’s 200,000 square foot campus looks out upon the St. Lawrence River, approximately a
4-hour drive from Niagara Falls. WWASP’s newsletter, The Source, describes one building that houses a 200 bed dormitory,
and another building which houses a 400-bed dormitory, as part of the Ivy Ridge campus.
SPIRIT FOUNDATION PROVIDES SCHOLARSHIPS TO FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOOL
(March-April, 2002) The Spirit Foundation, founded in January 2001 strives “to support the work of the Family Foundation
School by providing scholarships to families of Family Foundation School students who would not otherwise have the financial resources
to attend or continue.” The maximum scholarship is limited to $15,000/per student per year and parents must agree to attend 12-Step
HAMPSHIRE COUNTRY SCHOOL ANNOUNCES OPENINGS
(April 10, 2002) Hampshire Country School, Rindge, New Hampshire, 603-899-3325, Headmaster, William Dickerman, Ph.D.,
self-described as: “by design a tiny boarding school” announces they expect to have 6 or 7 openings this fall, mostly for students in
3rd through 7th grade. Classes in this residential program are “designed for students who require lots of teacher direction, attention,
support, and tolerance despite their high verbal abilities.”
THREE SPRING’S TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMS
(April 16, 2002) Three Springs announces its Transitional Programs, New Direction, 256-830-9913, and Turning Point
256-725-7176, for young persons between 15 – 19 years of age, who need to move from a highly, to a less highly structured environment.
The separate programs for males and females are variable length and are designed around four modules: Personal Development, Emotional
Growth, Education, and Experiential Activities.
RED TOP MEADOWS ANNOUNCES WILDERNESS EXPEDITIONS
(April 25, 2002) Red Top Meadows, Wilson, Wyoming, 307-733-9098,
Director, Bruce Burkland announced their 21-day therapeutic wilderness expeditions for boys 13-16 for boys who are under functioning
and socially isolated, that will run from 9/9 to 9/29, 2002, and their 35-day trips for boys who have committed sexual offences, that
run from 7/22 to 8/25, 2002. Information about their residential treatment program can also be found on their website.
AULDERN ACADEMY’S SUMMER SESSION II: 7/24 – 8/20
(April 30, 2002) Auldern Academy, Pittsboro, NC 919-827-2336, x 200, firstname.lastname@example.org
announces its second summer session, from July 24 through August 30. Course credits can include math, science, English, Social Studies,
art, as well as study, life and computer skills. Emotional growth work adventure programming and extracurricular activities are also
JODI TUTTLE RETURNS AS HEAD OF ACADEMY AT CEDAR MTN.
(May 2002) Jodi Tuttle, M.Ed., one of the founders of The Academy
at Cedar Mountain, Cedar City, Utah, 800-748-5368, has recently returned as Head of School following a leave of absence
to arrange for the care of her husband who is in the later stages of Alzheimers. Mrs. Tuttle has extensive experience
with emotional growth and leadership development programs, and is committed to expanding and integrating these valuable tools into the
Academy’s existing curriculum and student life activities.
A 15-YEAR-OLD ARIZONA GIRL DIES IN CATHERINE FREER PROGRAM
(May 27, 2002) A 15-year-old Arizona girl died May 27 in the Catherine Freer
Wilderness Expedition Program, Albany, Oregon, 541-926-7252. after hiking in the mountains north of Tonopah, Nevada.
It’s the first death in the Catherine Freer Program, which was featured May 23 on "Primetime Thursday," an ABC
News production. Authorities in Nye County, Nev., said an autopsy has been done, but they are waiting for toxicology and
pathology tests before they release a cause of death. Authorities refused to identify the girl. Paul Smith, program director
for the Freer program, said the coroner told school officials there was "no observable cause of death." He also said the girl
had a history of substance abuse and may have had a congenital heart defect.
PARENTS SUE OVER GIRL’S HIKING DEATH
(May 29, 2002) Michael Vigh, reports for the Salt Lake Tribune about the $6 million
wrongful-death lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court by parents of the teenage girl, Katherine Lank, who fell into a deep
crevice while hiking. It was filed against the Red Rock Canyon School, St.
George, Utah, 800-635-4441, on May 28, 2002. The suit, which accuses the school of negligence and breach of contract, asks for $5 million
in compensatory damages, and $1 million in punitive damages and attorney fees. The Lanks have also demanded a jury trial.
ECHO SPRINGS ACQUIRES TRIPLEX FOR PHASE TWO
(June 2002) Echo Springs Transition
Study Center, Bonners Ferry, Id, 208-267-1111, acquired a triplex in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in March for use as
their Phase Two facility. It allows them to have a men’s apartment for four guys, a women’s apartment with room for two and a resident
GRAY WOLF RANCH CONDUCTS INDEPENDENT FOLLOWUP
(Summer 2002) Gray Wolf Ranch, Port Townsend, Washington,
800-571-5505 has been conducting independent follow up research on resident satisfaction. They have recruited the services of Lanstat
Incorporated, an independent outcome studies company, who began their research in 2000 after at least 100 residents had been admitted
to Gray Wolf. Among other positive results, the post discharge survey showed that 88% saw their experience as positive, and 90% said
they would highly recommend it to others.
HIDDEN LAKE ACADEMY STARTS CONSULTANT NEWSLETTER
(June 1, 2002) Hidden Lake Academy, Dahlonega, GA, 706-864-4730,
published its first issue of their monthly consultant’s newsletter, to “provide a better daily window “inside” HLA.” It included their
student’s 2000-2002 SAT Scores, in which the top 25% scored a total score of 1315, and their top 50% scored 1213, with a mean score
of 1073. On another note, beginning this summer, all HLA wilderness activities will be directed and supervised by the staff of the Ridge
Creek Wilderness Leadership Program
BROWN SCHOOLS LAUNCH MILLION DOLLAR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
(June 11, 2002) CEO Marguerite Sallee announced a “one million dollar annual scholarship program to make CEDU Emotional
Growth education available to families in need.” [more...] Also,
CEDU Middle School will be graduating 22 students this summer, so there will be space available for families with young adolescents
A 14 YEAR OLD TEXAS BOY DIES IN SKYLINE JOURNEY PROGRAM
(July 15, 2002) Ian August, 14, of Austin, Texas, died in the field on Saturday, July 13 while participating in the
Skyline Journey Wilderness Program in Nephi Utah, 866-822-8336.
An emergency medical technician who was part of the group recognized August was in trouble and summoned Mark Wardle, program
manager for Skyline Journey, who called 911 from his cell phone. The Millard County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies, an
ambulance, search-and-rescue personnel and a Life Flight helicopter to the remote area. Employees of Skyline Journey performed CPR
on August, who died before emergency personnel arrived. Kelly Husbands, with the State of Utah Licensing Board, who
investigated the incident said that at this point they can find no wrongdoing. Morgue clerk Jason Ihrig said the examiner is
awaiting toxicology reports that can take as long as six weeks to complete before ruling on the cause of death
YOUTH FACILITY DIRECTOR CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ABUSE
(June 15, 2002) Joe Baird reports for The Salt Lake Tribune, “Wayne E. Winder, 35, faces felony charges of aggravated
sexual abuse and dealing in a material harmful to a minor, as well as three misdemeanor counts of child abuse. Winder is the director
and staff supervisor of Majestic Ranch, which is affiliated with the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools
(WWASP). The ensuing investigation involved interviews with 41 children.” Utah Assistant Attorney General Craig Barlow stated,
“There are five kids involved. We’re looking at other charges against former staff, and possibly against the current staff.”
NEW DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS AN NEW DOMINION SCHOOL
(June 17, 2002) Michael Foreman is the new Admissions Director at New Dominion School, Dillwyn, VA, 434-983-2051. Formerly
the Family Worker at the school, he will replace Bob Tonetti, who is moving to Florida.
SHERRY THORNTON STEPS ASIDE AT BROWN SCHOOL
(June 24, 2002) Sherry Thornton has shared her “tough personal decision” to step aside as Chief Operating Officer of the Brown
Schools, recognizing it is important for her to slow down her travel and spend more time with her family. Marguerite Sallee,
Brown Schools’ president and CEO, will take over the role of overseeing the private education schools and programs. Tim Marshal
in Idaho, Greg Hitchcock in California, and Rae Ann Knopf in Vermont will continue to directly oversee
the schools and programs.
FREER PROGRAM FEATURED ON FRONT PAGE OF OREGONIAN
(June 25, 2002) Reporter, David Stabler, wrote a three part series featured on the front page of the
Oregonian about a gifted adolescent cellist, Sam Johnson, whose family turned to the
Catherine Freer Wilderness Expeditions, Albany, Oregon, 541-926-7252 to help pull him out of a behavioral tailspin, and hopefully,
to inspire him to return to his life on the concert stage. Photos from the Freer expeditions were included with the story, along with
accounts of a private, religious residential school that was used for the next step in his intervention.
ROBERT NOLAN JOINS KING GEORGE SCHOOL
(June 27, 2002) Robert Nolan, Program Director for CEDU’s Milestones, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, (phone, web) will be moving
to another of Brown School’s programs, the King George School,
Sutton, Vermont, 800-218-5122 to work as the assistant head of school, alongside their Executive Director, Rae Ann Knopf,
who will assume direct operation of KGS. Milestones’ Admissions Director, Pamela Broker, will assume the leadership role at Milestones.
Bob Kantar, who had been directing King George School, will take on the role of Senior Consultant, and will devote more time
meeting and updating consultants and helping students enroll in colleges.
CORONADO ACADEMY PHASE I NEARS COMPLETION
(July 2002) Coronado Academy, Costa Rica, Rusty
Director, 866-981-1300, reports students will move
into their new home campus from the interim Los Brisuenos campus
in late summer.
Saul Rudman, President and CEO reports “Two spacious 16-bed dormitories
are in the finishing states…A third dorm will follow in a couple of
months. All dorms are air-conditioned and feature high-speed Internet
access and ocean-view wrap-around patios. …The
dining hall, state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen
and 9000 sq. ft. administration build are also in the final stages of
completion, and designs for the classroom building and swimming pool
are being finalized.” [This
article is outdated. Coronado Academy closed November 28, 2004.]
NEW HORIZONS WILDERNESS FEATURED ON EDUCATION UPDATE
(July 2002) The July 2002 edition of Education Update, a newspaper distributed to schools and educators through New York City,
featured the New Horizons Wilderness Camp for troubled teenage girls ages 13-17; Orrington, Maine, Audrey
Peavy, Admissions Directory, 800-916-9755.
NEW HAVEN INCREASES TUITION, ACREAGE & BED CAPACITY
(July 1, 2002) Mark Frechem, New Haven’s Director of Marketing
& Research, Provo, UT, 801-794-1218, reports in the last year they have purchased “a beautiful new house with 10 acres of
land, opened a transition program and added 14 more treatment beds.” Also they’ve started a full equine therapy program, with certified
staff. As a result they’ve increased their partially discounted private pay fee, though their third party fees remain the same.
BREWSTER ACADEMY, THE OLDEST SUMMER RESORT IN AMERICA!
(July 11, 2002) Lynne Palmer, Director of Admission, Brewster Academy,
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire writes: “Brewster Academy's campus is busy with the Royal Thai Scholars, the Heifitz International
Music Institute, and our own Summer Session. We have some space in grades 9 and 10 with a few exceptions in the upper school.” They
are finishing up the final touches on the Smith Center, “a fabulous addition to our campus and a much deserved facility for our
IECA MARILYN COLSON PASSES AWAY
(July 11, 2002) Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) member Susan Edwards, Rowayton, Connecticut, 203-866-2692,
announced our colleague Marilyn Colson, Baltimore, Maryland passed away yesterday after a long battle with illness. Her graveside
funeral was on Friday, July 12th.
BAILIE RANCH ANNOUNCES AUG 3rd OPEN HOUSE
(July 11, 2002) Ralph Vreugdenhil, Child Care Supervisor, Bailie Memorial Youth Ranch, would like to invite you to visit
during their open house, Saturday, August 3rd. They are hosting all the foster parents in the two county area where they are located,
and are looking forward to meeting parents and consultants.