Academy at Swift River
Academy at Swift River [website]|
151 South Street
Cummington, MA 1026
United States of America
|Ages:||s 9 -12|
|Description:||The Academy at Swift River is a boarding school and compassionate educational community that fosters personal growth and healthy self-expression in adolescents, inspires academic excellence, and teaches individual responsibility and service to others.|
|Director Name:||Brian Ray|
|Enroll Info:||Look closely at The Academy at Swift River therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens, and you will see more than a beautiful campus offering remarkable facilities for academics and personal growth. The committed faculty and dedicated students have created a sense of community. Swift River in Massachusetts is a school...|
where you will be challenged socially, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually;
where the rigors of personal growth do NOT substitute for a first-class college-preparatory education;
where personal excellence is expected of everyone, and because of that, students' personal achievements in whatever realm grow stronger than before;
where you will meet some of the finest people in the world - faculty as well as students.
|Student Profile:||Low self-esteem, making poor decisions, lacking a direction in life, and not understanding the negative impact that they are having on their family and friends. Additionally, many of our students have experimented with drugs and/or alcohol, been sexually promiscuous, are acting out at home and in the classroom, and have shown decreasing respect for themselves and others. These students are also making poor choices of peers and have become unresponsive to authority figures|
Academic effectiveness is a key component to the integrated program at the Academy at Swift River. We offer a college preparatory high school curriculum which focuses on reuniting students with academic success. Our students are bright and capable, though in some cases it has been quite some time since they have integrated their role as "student" as part of their identity. These same students have a celebrated track record of placement at their first and second choice of schools upon completion.
Our charge is to provide students with ample opportunities to learn and apply the academic skills which they will need at university and beyond, while inviting students to partake in the wealth of knowledge scholastic curricula can offer. In the true spirit of a liberal arts college preparatory education, we guide our students in discovering their own answers to life's tough questions:
"Who am I?"
"What is interdependence?"
"How does the world work and what is my place in it?"
Our program fosters this spirit of inquiry by combining rigorous college-preparatory academics with many opportunities to observe, test, and integrate new knowledge, skills, and ways of being.
|Activities:||In the Pioneer Valley, The Berkshires are also home to Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, The Berkshire Theater Festival, The Williamstorm Festival, The Clark Museum, The Norman Rockwell Museum and the Shaker Village. Having these cultural resources all within 30 minutes of the school is truly a blessing. Martial Arts, Rock-Climbing, Running and Snowboarding clubs.|
The therapeutic curriculum at ASR has helped us achieve national recognition as one of the top boarding schools. Our commitment to therapeutic practices that are grounded in solid theories of human development and change and in the best available evidence is a signature of the clinical model at ASR. Our Life Phase Program™ is predicated on a well-researched model of how people change that is known as the Stages of Change model by Prochaska et al.
All Students Receive:
Individualized goal-attainment approach based on needs assessment
Weekly individual counseling session
Weekly treatment groups which includes Team Group, Caseload Group, and a Theme group - i.e. adoption, mood management, or grief and loss groups
Substance abuse evaluation, motivational-enhancement treatments, mutual help groups, and relapse prevention Life Phase Seminars that are experientially based to promote and facilitate the change processes associated with specific phases
Periodic topic-focused parenting workshops
Medication consultation and management
|Campus:||The Academy at Swift River is 20 miles from the Five College Area: The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Smith College, Mount Holyoke, Amherst College and Hampshire College.|
In the Pioneer Valley, The Berkshires are also home to Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, The Berkshire Theater Festival, The Williamstown Theater Festival, The Clark Art Museum, The Norman Rockwell Museum and the Shaker Village. Having these cultural resources all within 30 minutes of the school provides endless opportunities for students and faculty.
Located in the Foothills of the Berkshire Mountains the patience and inspiration of nature surrounds our students. Six hundred and thirty acres of mixed forest, meadows, beaver ponds and mountain streams are crossed by miles of marked trails. A connected campus, where students walk from one building to another, helps to reinforce the variety and wholeness of the experience. From the soaring barn-like ceilings of our library, to our modern fitness center and art and music studios, we offer students a state of the art campus built upon 200 years of history.
|Family Involvement:||Families Receive:|
Parent/Family Education and Support
Multi-Family Group Seminars
Multi-Family Group Seminars will cover a variety of topics. The seminars provide information to families about program their family member is experiencing. The seminars teach basic information about stages of change, family dynamics, information about the brain, and basic sociometry including the social atom. The first of these seminars is the Parent Seminar #1 which will occur every three months.
Multi-Family Group Seminars are based upon the following books:
Changing For Good, by Prochaska, Norcross and DiClemente
Extraordinary Relationships, by R. Gilbert, M.D.
Parenting from the Inside Out, by D. Siegel.
A General Theory of Love, by T. Lewis et al.
Parenting Teens with Love & Logic, by Cline and Fay
|Length of Stay:||15-month program|
in the innate goodness and potential of young people and families.
in respect for the dignity, integrity, and uniqueness of the individual.
in hope and our human ability to rise to the challenges of self discovery.
in honesty as the basis for confidence and trust, freedom and responsibility, and love and abundance; and that dishonesty and fear in response to difficult or painful experiences can become a destructive and self-perpetuating pattern that results in scarcity, disconnection and more pain.
in the efficacy of encouraging, guiding and supporting young people and families as they engage in healing relationships, educational aspirations and the developmental tasks of adolescence.
that respect is grounded in the establishment and refinement of educational and emotional competencies that both reflect the unique gifts of the individual and encompass the practical skills essential for living in a complex, often demanding and increasingly diverse society.
in community that fosters a positive peer culture where students help each other to enhance their personal growth, and experienced students assume important leadership roles and responsibilities.
in the adventure of life long learning.
that teaching by example is not merely the best way, but the only way, to show adolescents how to embrace honesty and responsibility for their lives.
that balance and integrity, which we strive to establish among the emotional, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual elements of our students' lives, must also be manifest in our own lives.
|Financial Assistance:||Swift River is pleased to offer an online application for educational loans through our financing partners. Our corporate partners can loan up to the entire tuition and often include transportation costs as well, at very competitive rates.|
|Staff:||Name: John T. Powers|
Position: Executive Director
Degrees Held: ABD, Special Education, Yeshiva University; M.Ed., Special Education, William Peterson College; BA, Elementary Education, Waynesburg College
|Tuition/Costs:||$5,850 per month. Expense acount of $300.00|
Meds is !5,00.00 retainer for Psychiatirst.
Wilderness $1000.00 for the first month.
|Specialties:||The initial merit-based wilderness Base Camp takes students """"""""back to basics."""""""" Living in the outdoors amidst our campus' 630 acres, students learn to challenge self-imposed limitations, learn the values of honesty and integrity, and gain an understanding into the basic principles of healthy living.|
|Alt Link:||Academy at Swift River link (Alternate)|
|Teen Help Provider Type:|
|Emotional Development Program|
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