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The First Days at Our Boarding School for Struggling Teens

This is a difficult decision for many of our families. We know it is hard to send a young girl to us but we’ve also seen firsthand the amazing changes that occur. Families are entrusting us with their young girl, and we take this responsibility very seriously.

Coming from Home

This can be an incredibly emotional time. There is anxiety and hope on the part of student and parent. We are sensitive to the amount of communication and comfort needed during this time.

Coming from Another Program

Sometimes a struggling teens transition from another program where there is some initial work and assessment being done. We work closely with the programs to ease this transition to continue the girls on their healthier path. Often when appropriate, we meet the student in advance at their current program and bring a student or two from Asheville Academy with us to ease the student’s anxiety and help them feel comfortable.

First Day

We’re Parents & We Understand

Whether coming directly from home or from another program, on the first day student (and parents if in attendance) will meet with:

  • Our admissions team who will welcome family;
  • The medical team to review medications, allergies, etc;
  • Residential staff who will perform inventory to ensure student has everything needed and will provide student handbook;
  • The student’s Big Sister, who is a current student that will serve as a guide and mentor

Within 24 hours after enrollment someone from our team will be in touch with the family back home to share how the student is doing.

We recognize these first days can be incredibly heart-wrenching. We are parents, too, and we are here to help every step of the way.

First Weeks

Students meet with their primary therapist, typically within the first day and sometimes multiple times in the first week both formally and informally. Students are also provided with a teacher guide early in their stay. This guide is the person who updates the family weekly on student’s academic progress and serves as the academic adviser for the student to help her find success in the classroom environment.

Within the first weeks, Cat Jennings, the Owner & Executive Director of Asheville Academy, will also check in directly with the family. This is a great opportunity for the family to hear directly from the person who oversees the entire team and Asheville Academy community which will be helping this young girl– and the family– find a healthier, happier path.

We encourage families to fill out an application. This is the first step for Asheville Academy staff to determine if we are the right fit for the family. We can also ensure we have availability for other struggling teens to join us at the preferred time.

Please call us at 800.264.8709 to find out how to apply and to check if spaces are available.

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