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Posted May 28, 2003

Phoenix Outdoor Education Center
Westmore, Vermont
Vivienne Nolan,
Admissions Director

OPENS MAY 12, 2003

Phoenix Outdoor Education Center, a new program administered by King George School in northeastern Vermont, is ready to enroll girls and boys ages 12 to 15, beginning on May 12. This unique new 30-day education center, the first of its kind in the northeast region, was developed in conjunction with the administrative team of The King George School, to help students their families successfully navigate early adolescence. The culmination of two years of planning, the Phoenix Center provides individual academic and clinical assessment and support, offering their student a curriculum that includes opportunities for self-learning and confidence building. The curriculum consists of personally challenging, nature-based activities that will allow students to receive course credit in four subject areas, and also includes a comprehensive family curriculum and workshop. This program is designed for young people who are underachieving, depressed, anxious, distant, overly sensitive, have difficulty adjusting and fitting in with peers, and/or are experimenting with drugs or alcohol. Their families most likely are experiencing conflict, ineffectual communication, and general fear and concern for the well being of their child.

Students will participate in the Phoenix Outdoor Education program in groups of seven, each staffed with a teacher, therapist and outdoor instructor. Their first 10-days will be spent living in a permanent camp, 10 miles from the King George School on over 422 acres near Lake Willoughby, where they receive academic and clinical assessment, initiate their personal development curriculum and prepare for local expeditions and outings. A community work and service-learning project is an important part of the curriculum, which culminates with a two-day family workshop and graduation celebration.

Brian Rossiter, Director of Phoenix Outdoor Education Center, has nearly 20 years of experience in outdoor education management and has worked with young people both in the United States and abroad. "There is something magical about those middle-school years. The curiosity, the awkwardness, the experimentation, and the blossoming as an individual have inspired us all as we have worked together in designing the curriculum. Brian has put together an outstanding team of professionals with the wisdom, compassion, and patience to guide each child and family to a place where their dreams are once again possible," said Rae Ann Knopf, MSW, Executive Director for King George School and the Phoenix Outdoor Education Center, (802) 467-1200 Ext. 105.

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