Placement Options for Our Families

BOARDING SCHOOLS

GIRLS BOADING SCHOOLS

The Hockaday School is a PK-12 day and boarding independent school in Dallas, Texas which provides a college preparatory education for girls of strong potential and diverse backgrounds who may be expected to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in a rapidly changing world. We work with Hockaday in the day school for girls and it has a uniqueness in a small days school.

BOYS BOARDING SCHOOLS

We help boys in placement in boarding. Blue Ridge School is a boarding school for boys ages 11-17 located in Virginia it's a very supportive program for ages 13-17. Grades 9-12 is the grade level, depending on the age and grade level of the student. We work with parents and the students to achieve academic success. Blue Ridge has a strong athletic program and we understand the admission process to the final goal of graduation. Bule Ridge accepts domestic and international students. We work with the school on testing to improve grade level.

CO EDUCATIONAL BOARDING SCHOOLS

We provide placement in co-educational boarding schools. Milton) is a coeducational, independent preparatory, boarding, and day school in Milton, Massachusetts consisting of a grade 9–12 Upper School and a grade K–8 Lower School. Boarding is offered to start in 9th grade. It is a highly selective school, accepting only 14% of applicants in the 2020–21 school year. Historically, it has been an unofficial feeder school for Harvard University.    Milton is a member of the Independent School League (ISL). Milton's historic athletic rival is Noble and Greenough.

DAY SCHOOLS:

We provide placement in day schools. These schools are generally on campus either at a day school or perhaps a boarding school but they are private schools not public schools. Our consultant will work with your family in these setting with your child. Generally these schools range from K-12.


MILITARY BOARDING SCHOOL PLACEMENT:

We will discuss the application for a military boarding school, the admission process and the type of students who might fit well in this setting. We will work with the family to decide if this is the correct setting for your child. Most military boarding schools can lead to a military career, which might include prestigious schools like West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy. We can help the family understand the difference and the possibility for acceptance.

TRADITIONAL BOARDING SCHOOLS PLACEMENT:

We provide the direction and support needed to help your child in the placement in a boarding school. These schools are where students live on campus and have supervision by staff and dorm parents. Traditional boarding schools have admission requirements and vary in age, grade level and gender.


SMALL BOARDING SCHOOLS

We provide the support to parents in helping them understand small boarding schools and the difference between small and larger boarding schools. The difference can be in size and gender, depending on the requirements of the school. As consultants we help parents understand this difference and the application process which is offered to domestic and international student.

BOARDING SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES

We offer to help parents with children with learning difference. This might include: ADD or ADHD. Boarding schools for students with learning differences and funding a school really depends on the needs of the student. Therefore we need to identify those needs before making a recommendation.


SUMMER BOARDING SCHOOL

Our consultant works with Wolfeboro Summer Boarding School . Thus school is located in News Hampshire providing support for students looking at enrollment in a traditional boarding school . We work with domes it and international students

EDUCATIONAL TESTING BOARDING SCHOOLS:

Boarding Schools require a different type of testing for admission. This is usually administers at different sites and requires pre registration. Our consultant can advise each parent on this testing and generally a essay is required for admission to a boarding school along with academic records.

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 THERAPEUTIC BOYS AND GIRLS PROGRAMS 

THERAPEUTIC BOARDING SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

We provide help for younger girls in programs like Lake House Academy which specializes in working with girls ages 11-17.

DISCOVERY RANCH FOR GIRLS

Discovery Ranch for Girls is a residential treatment for girls ages 13-18 it provides a structured program for adolescent girls to build on self-esteem and self-image. The ranch has an equine program and academic program and support for young girls and their families. Diamond Ranch is a wonderful program for girls dealing with depression, anxiety, mood disorder, or gender identity. The program has similar components working with clinicians and Educational Consultants like myself in the best setting for your girls.

DISCOVERY RANCH FOR BOYS

We provide placement for boys in a therapeutic setting for boys. Discovery Ranch for boys is a residential program for boys ages 13 to 18 years of age. The program is highly staffed to work with clinicians and Educational Consultants. Discovery Ranch is known for its strong clinical support for helping adolescent boys. We know the program and visited several times a year on updates on working with boys, its focus is helping. Boys at the ranch come from all over the country and we have a great relationship with the staff.

OUTBACK WILDERNESS THERAPY

Outback is a clinically driven wilderness program for adolescents ages 13-17 it provides the direction for students who are having behavioral challenges and determines this type of therapy would be most helpful for the adolescents having or depression anxiety and gender issues. There are many wilderness programs but Outback is seen as the most effective treatment for this age group before entering a therapeutic school or returning home. The program promotes healthy relationships for adolescents. making better choices, while providing clinical direction to address mental health needs in the program. Our Educaitonal Consultant follows your child in the program and after so improvement is at a glance.

WILDERNESS THERAPY PROGRAMS:

Many times, we will refer a student to a wilderness program before attending school. These programs offer 52 -100 days in the wilderness with clinical and education staff. The ages do vary from children to young adults and the setting might vary in parts of the country or a different state. We work with the staff at these programs, which are clinically more intensive treatments. Many programs are designed to teach life skills and provide therapy support. We work with the entire family in this setting. Wilderness programs have summer and year-round programs designed to help students with leadership and/or social skills. These programs rotate with varied ages and genders to allow students to move from one intervention experience to another. Some programs now have family camp programs, which are added to help the dynamic of the family therapy and others address addictive behavior or challenges. We also work with the field staff keeping parents informed of the child's location, physical health and medical concerns in the program, including working in many instances in family therapy in an outdoor experience. 

Oxbow Academy

Oxbow is a residential treatment program for boys who are dealing with sexual abuse issues or are victims of sexual abuse. The ages groups vary from 10-11 and 13-17 years of age. Oxbow is the only program in the country that can address this very sensitive topic. Typically we work with families and the clinicians at Oxbow. Steve Shultz, whom I have known for many years and recommends a program is a wonderful person who is very qualified as a staff person at both Oxbow and Red Cliff Accent which is a program where some students are sent by our consultant. The program is specifically for students dealing with sexual abuse.


INTENSIVE TREATMENT 

ALCHOHOL AND DRUG DETOXIFICATION

Detox and alcohol abuse is most commonly seen in young adults. We provide the direction to help parents facing these challenges. Cottonwood is a premier substance abuse program to help parents facing these challenges and our consultant can help with the placement and transport of your young adult to the program. Call us for more information, Located in Tuscon it also works with insurance and out-of-state families.

SOBER LIVING PROGRAMS

We work with young adults in the Sober Living Program to address sobriety and recovery. Many times when a student or young adult finishes a program they need support. Sober living programs provide support for these individuals and we help your family with the transition piece. Sober Living develops a sober living community. As an Educational Consultant we promote this type of living for young adults.

Ethos is a sober living home for individuals recovering from addiction. We know this program and direct individuals who need a follow-up after being in a recovery program The program is designed for young adults men ages 18-25. The program lis located in California but provides services for families in other states.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAMS:

Typically adolescents in an alcohol or drug treatment program are separate from adults. Adolescents are not placed by our consultant in adult programs. It simply does not work well and our preference is to find an adolescent program to treat other problems with the child. A residential program is usually our choice. Those with a psychiatric and chemical dependency diagnosis would be thoughtfully placed in the right setting, depending on their age and use of the substances. We find most adolescents are experimenting with drugs rather than having a full-blown addiction.

Mental Health Services

 Higher Power is a case management program that provides help for children adolescents and young adults and adults, Located in Huntington Beach California it provides individualized help and direction working with our consultant to direct them to the help they need. This service is offered in states like Californian, Michigan. Texas, Nevada., among other states,, Higher Power has a registered nurse, clinical support team which follows everything from management of medication to working with student in a school setting, while working with other ages groups. This is a compassionate personalized program and EC;s help with the staff in case management and direction.


YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS

Young Adult Programs 

Young Adult Programs can range between ages 14-30 years of age depending on the program. We provide direction and support to families directing them to the right program. Our consultant will pinpoint the right program for the student or young adult moving toward adulthood. This link is to one of the many programs Discuss with ours consultant the right program for bys or girls.

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Residential Programs for Young WOMEN:

Some students may need a residential program. This type of program provides supervision and support and may be a closed or locked unit. There are exceptions, but our placement does not include a state-funded or an insurance-based program in this type of placement setting. We will explain all of the details of this placement and the differences and similarities to therapeutic boarding schools. Many of our residential programs include treatment for eating disorders or sexual abuse issues, as well as developmental disabilities or those who have physical limitations due to a disability. We work with parents to help them understand the services available in their community as an advocate, helping with IEP's and 504 plans.

INTENSIVE TREATMENT FOR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN:

Some students may need placement in an intensive treatment program. These might be step-down or step-up programs for these families. Each program depends on the needs of the student. These might include work simplification or supervised programming designed for independence and life skills to help your child cope with an emotional challenge. This might be particularly true for a student who needs supervision and medication management. This may also apply to a student with a serious need for medication monitoring, due to safety issues.

We provide placement in intensive treatment programs for adolescents through adults. Our consultant is able to transition those individuals from a detox program to a program assessing to more intensive treatment needs.


College Placement Gap Years and International Student Placement

GAP YEAR PROGRAM:

A gap year program is for a student who might not be ready for college and needs a different experience. In this case, we review our GAP year placement option. Gap year is for achievement oriented students not failing or poor performance students.

Gap year students are becoming increasing more popular with a decrease in students attending school remotely or online. The raising cost of tuition and the number of student taking online courses has changed the focus to mote students pursuit career base studies or alternative. education options.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PLACEMENT

We provide help to students who are interested in studying abroad. This is a very complex area from studying in the early grades to college. We generally work with families looking at boarding schools. Although we find after attending a boarding school students are proficient in English after completing secondary school or grade 12. They are more prepared to enter into a college and need our help at the secondary level. We help parents and families make these decisions before they even consider a college or university. Most students are required to take the TOFEL before applying for college but in boarding school, they have classes to improve their proficiency making admission much easier. Therefore, we are more helpful to parents in the early grades and this is also helpful to schools as well. Students attending Canadian boarding schools are often sent to boarding schools

COLLEGE PLACEMENT AND DIRECTION

We provide help to students looking at college placement. Many times we will send a student to a boarding school or therapeutic program with the purpose of directing them toward college. There are admission counselors and academic faculty in a boarding and therapeutic school. These programs are designed to help students in this direction or provide guidance toward attending college, College placement itself can be pretty competitive, and sometimes a student with a challenging academic path needs direction. Other times, in the case of traditional boarding school the curriculum is very challenging and requires specific knowledge in certain subject areas. Our consultant will provide this direction and support no matter where the student needs help and we will walk the parents through the entire process. This is what we do best as Educational Consultant or Therapeutic Consultant. We help families in all areas of placement including college placement.

IMMIGRANT STUDENT PLACEMENT:

We help families of landed immigrants looking at private and some public school placement. Many families relocating to this country, need our direction and support. We help find the best learning environment for your child based on his/her native languages. An environment where your child is safe and protected and secure.

 PLACEMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 


STUDENTS WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS

We help parents and their children with a variety of ages 3-6 and 14-21 ranging from Pre k through college. We work with both disabilities hearing impairment. The Perkins School for the blind is the oldest international school in the world and our principal school for students with blindness. We also work with Gallaudet University, the largest college for hearing impairment.

Perkins School is the world's largest school for students with a visual impairment and we understand both disabilities. As low vision students have been through training with this disability are often mainstreamed in public school not receiving any services or support in the areas of technology and mobility. They are often sent to state-funded schools.

Parents with limited information and resources for their children are often referred by a pediatrician As a consultant with a visual disability, my knowledge understanding, the ability can direct families to the very best schools in the country. We will discuss academic needs and challenges with your child.

STUDENTS WITH TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT HEARING LOSS

We work exclusively with students suffering from temporary or permanent hearing loss. There are specific colleges that help with these students and our consultant will work with your family as the student transitions from high school to college. In the early stage of hearing loss, a student might need to be a private school or program. An estimated 1 in 5 individuals suffer from hearing loss and this can happen from an accident or at birth. Our consultant has worked in hospitals throughout the county and knows the correct placement for your child or young adult. A hearing specialist often performs a diagnostic hearing test and this is critical to determining hearing loss. Hearing loss might be permanent but in this case, a student needs to communicate with sign language or be familiar with other forms of technology.

LEA CONSULTATION:

We work directly with the local school district or local education agency to address your student's IEP 504 or manifestation plan with special needs students. In most cases, we will attend an IEP meeting and contact the district or schools who are responsible for the services of the special needs child. We also advocate on behalf of the family, and discuss with the behavioral health agency their responsibility for the transition process to help the family. While there can be no guarantee in many cases, parents must understand this is a long process. The time frame is sometimes beyond the time of the placement. This includes our follow-up and the transition piece after leaving the program. In some cases, we seek legal advice for the families we serve to address their needs.

Parents Information and Resources


UNDERSTANDING AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER:

We provide help to parents and children suffering from a developmental disorder called Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a specialist in working with these students, we provide private placement opportunities. Many children adolescents or young adults need either help in social skills, social curing, and clear communication skills. There are many children who have challenges from the disorder. Children who have this disorder have challenges in the following directions, social curing and developmental challenges. Communication development is the most important issue with children.

WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FENTANYL:

Fentanyl is one of the most popular drugs used or misused by adolescents today. A lethal dose of the drug can cause death or overdose. Fentanyl is one of the most popular drugs causing overdoes today among adolescents and young adults because it is so easily manufactured, and it's also an opiate and synthetic properties can be manufactured and can lead to overdoes or death in many instances.

The knowledge of the drug most often is unclear to adolescents, who are impulsive and lack judgment. While points are considered an opiate to the body it actually changes the brain's chemistry. The drug is considered lethal and has been attributed to many deaths due to the use of the drug which is manufactured artificially.


PARENT COACHING

We offer individualized family counseling and parent coaching. These services require assessment and meeting with parents either virtually or in person. However, since the COVID 19 pandemic we are meeting through Zoom or Google Meets to discuss your needs. All aspects of your child's education from grade level to improving behavior will be discussed at our meeting including those challenges as a parent. Our consultant will meet with your family and possibly another parent coach to discuss discuss all of the options you have. A continuation of this might happen in the program.

We provide parent coaching for parents to address the needs of your child. This can be done remotely through zoom or conference calling or in person. Our parent coach is provided by the Parent Coaching Institute PCI but we also work with families individually.

ACTUAL TREATMENT FOR GENDER DYSPHORIA

We provide help for parents who have transgender or dealing with gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria is where a child is born a male but identifies with being male or female. The student might have problems in each or both areas and its very complicated to the child and they need help both in mental health and development.

Translation Services:

We offer translation services for our clients which includes Zoom conferencing and video chat. This is a prepaid services billed to us and we collect the fees from our clients. We will pre schedule the video call between the hours of 8 EST and 8EST. We generally schedule you using our appointment book.

Financial Aid


COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID

We direct families to scholarship and tax-credit resources. We also encourage our families to complete the FAFSA for college lending and discuss loan programs to help families with the affordability of going to an independent school or a private college. We also work with struggling teens in crisis. Most of our students apply for some financial aid in a boarding school. However, financial support in a therapeutic school is provided by the parent. While we cannot guarantee scholarships or financial aid, we do help families in this aspect of placement, usually addressing this with the school. We do not offer grants to students. This is an entirely different process and applies to college admission. This does not apply to independent schools or therapeutic schools or programs. We discuss many of our resources in the meeting. We must meet with you to address these various areas. Many times, in the case of special needs students, funding with a school district may apply to attending a program. Even children who come from adopted families can obtain subsidy support. 

BOARDING SCHOOL FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Financial Aid is a big challenge for parents looking at private school placement. We offer direction and support in understanding the process.

For private day or boarding schools.

We offer help to parents looking a boarding day and therapeutic placement. This can be confusing to some parents who believe all schools have a scholarship program. Many therapeutic programs offers a different support. Our consultant helps families in both areas in this needed support.


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