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Posted July 9, 2004 

Aspen Education Group
Acquires New Leaf Academy in Oregon
Addition of First “Middle School” Expands Aspen’s Ability to Serve Needs of Under-Achieving Girls Ages 10 to 14

Lisa Freeman
Kevin/Ross Public Relations

(CERRITOS, CA – July 8, 2004) — Aspen Education Group has announced the acquisition of New Leaf Academy, a therapeutic education, all-girls boarding school in Bend, Oregon. New Leaf Academy is the first all-girls middle school to be added to Aspen’s nationwide network of therapeutic education schools and academies.

New Leaf Academy offers a nurturing academic environment for girls ages 10 to 14 who are struggling socially, emotionally or academically in a traditional school environment. The 18-21 month program combines a rigorous academic schedule with individual student therapy to enhance positive self-image, personal responsibility and academic achievement.

“New Leaf is recognized as one of the outstanding therapeutic middle school programs in the country,” said Aspen Chief Executive Officer Elliot Sainer. “The school will be a wonderful complement to our existing residential and outdoor programs for under-achieving youths. We are happy, too, that New Leaf’s Founder and Program Director Craig Christiansen will be staying on board to continue to manage this excellent program.”

“New Leaf is excited to become part of the Aspen team, sharing the goals of assisting children and their families in overcoming negative behaviors and relationship issues which often serve as roadblocks to success,” Christiansen said. “Joining with Aspen will allow us to maintain our small boarding school feel while helping New Leaf move to the next level in addressing the increasingly complex issues facing pre-adolescent and middle school girls across the country.”

Since its founding in 1997, New Leaf Academy has helped hundreds of young girls overcome personal, social and family conflicts to be better able to meet the challenges associated with maturation into the teen years. For more information about the school or to enroll a student call 541-318-1676, or visit the web site at

Aspen Education Group is the nation’s leader in providing educational opportunities that improve the quality of life for under-achieving children, teenagers and young adults and their families. Recognizing that every individual is different and challenged by different needs, Aspen offers a wide diversity of educational programs, settings and solutions that match youths’ needs with the right learning environment. Through Aspen’s 25 residential and outdoor programs in 12 states, parents can choose from a variety of therapeutic environments that include boarding schools, outdoor experiential education programs, and weight-loss residential academies and camps. In addition, Aspen also operates several special education day schools and a variety of community-based programs. Students in any of Aspen’s schools and programs benefit from the experience and depth of understanding that comes from helping tens of thousands of youths over the past two decades.

In 2002 and 2003, Aspen Education was named among the top 100 education companies by Eduventures, a leading independent research firm dedicated to learning markets. For more information on Aspen Education visit or call (888) 972-7736

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