Our daughter attended KGS following 4 months at Wilderness program in Utah. She graduated in April '07 then went on to Drew University whereby she lasted only one semester then home again.
That period of time, starting in her junior year of high school was, to say the least , very stressful and very expensive for questionable returns.
Without question we think the wilderness period of 109 days in the desert was well worth it as it gave her challenges she never thought she could overcome. On the other hand, King George offered too many opportunities to "cheat" the system and provided much more "drama" than we would have liked in a confined environment.
Now she is 22 and still exhibits risky behavior [having just lost her drivers license from a DUI arrest] and seems not to be able to focus.
That said, I realize each child reacts differently and some have evolved into productive interesting people.
I have very mixed emotions about KGS closing as I felt connected to the staff and the place during the 9 months our daughter spent there. We met many great parents and indeed most of the teachers and admin at the school were dedicated to the development and well being of our children which is what we all wanted.
When Karen Fitzhugh helped bring KG out of financial collapse the first time and negotiated the sale to Universal I could sense that a for profit investor did not bode well for the long term prospects of KGS and that was proved out by the very high rate of staff turnover during the past four years including Karen herself.
I wanted to go up there for this final graduation and say goodbye to a brief but significant period in our recent family history.
Unfortunately we found out too late and there is no time to plan.
God bless those who worked so hard to keep it going and all my heartfelt wishes for reemployment for those who will find themselves out of a job.