The Family Foundation School

431 Chapel Hill Road 
Hancock, NY 13783
United States of America


Jeff Brain, Acting Director of Admissions

Grades 6- 12


Call admissions department for current tuition.

Minimum stay of three semesters (18 months) and an average successful stay of 2 years.

A fully accredited college preparatory boarding school for teens at risk

Year-round, open enrollment. We do not meet with the prospective student, but require an onsite interview with the parents which includes a student-conducted tour of the school, and lunch with one of our eight family groups to observe student-staff interaction.

Most of our students are academic underachievers. Many have gotten into trouble at home, at school, and sometimes with the law. Many have been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), depression, alcohol or drug addiction. Some have problems with self-mutilation (cutting), promiscuity, eating disorders, and compulsive use of computers for pornography or fantasy games.

Private boarding school registered with the New York State Board of Regents and accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. We offer math through calculus, earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, four years of Spanish, and standard four-year sequences in history and English. We also offer English, philosophy, sociology, statistics, chemistry, and calculus for college credit.

A range of co-curricular activities including intramural and interscholastic sports, and award-winning programs in music, drama, dance, forensics, and journalism.

Regular group counseling is provided to all students. The school employs a consulting psychiatrist, consulting psychologist, and a counseling staff headed by a clinical MSW

133-acre rural campus in the Western Catskills overlooking the Delaware River valley.

A student’s success depends on parents understanding what we do and concurring with that process. Regular family therapy sessions are conducted by experienced family counselors for students and their families.

We believe in an integrated program of recovery using the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, which provides a philosophic base that combines the spiritual, moral, academic, and psychological training necessary for a healthy maturing process.

A small amount of scholarship money is available to current students.

Structured discipline within a family setting. All students, teachers, counselors and administrative staff are assigned to one of eight families. Students eat, study, and receive group counseling as a family. The family structure allows the student to work through academic and behavioral issues in a consistent way, and to receive one-on-one help from a variety of experts.

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