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Posted: Dec 18, 2007, 15:44

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Mars Hill, North Carolina
Jim & Patricia Jones, Executive Directors

Harbor Oaks is a Christ-centered ministry designed to help struggling youth in today's society. The girls are ages 12-18 and the boys' ages are not specified on their web site. They are registered with the State of North Carolina Department of Education and are accredited with the National Association of Private Schools and A.C.E. (Accelerated Christian Education through the School of Tomorrow. They report a self-paced curriculum and students receive a regular high school diploma upon graduation. They report they had been operating successfully for over fifteen years in Florida and now are in North Carolina.

The school reports full time house parents, teachers and program directors provide 24-hour supervision. The staff is trained in pastoral care and situational counseling, and "group sessions are conducted regularly by Licensed or Certified Counselors." Executive Directors Jim and Pat Jones are both ordained ministers and Licensed Certified Counselors. Boys' Program Directors Jeremey and Angela Jones have been with Harbor Oaks for over seven years and are working on their counseling degrees (Angela was named Teacher of the Year while teaching in Florida) and Randy Williams is Program Director for the girls' program; Shane Sullivan is Director of Counseling for the Boys' program and Sarah Regala, a Licensed Christian Counselor is with the Girls' program; Boys' Academic Director John Dyess has his Masters degree in Wildlife Biology; and Girls' Academic Director is Dean Caldwell with a Masters in Criminal Justice.

The school reports that a major part of the experience includes extensive physical activities such as volleyball, softball, kickball, soccer, basketball or hiking which can earn them PE credits. Other physical activities vary seasonally from water rafting, horseback riding, trail hiking and snow skiing/snowboarding.

[The information for Harbor Oaks School came directly from their brochure and website.]


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