Wilderness Programs in North Carolina

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Trails Carolina:
Trails Carolina provides therapeutic wilderness programs to troubled boys and girls ages 10-17. Our residential program features clinically proven methods that work exceptionally well with children suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Low self-esteem, Substance abuse, Learning differences, ADHD, and other difficulties. Our Youth course covers ages 10-13, while our Adolescent program covers ages 14-17.

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Individualized Therapeutic Wilderness Program:
Our clinically proven methods work exceptionally well with:

- Adoption
- Anxiety
- Attachment issues
- Defiant behavior
- Depression
- Family conflict
- Gaming and technology obsession
- Learning differences
- Low self-esteem
- Manipulative behavior
- Poor academic achievement
- Self harm
- School refusal
- Social isolation
- Substance abuse
- Trauma

Youth Program (Ages 10-13)
We have designed our Youth Program to support specific developmental needs of 10-13 year old youth, breaking the cycle of troubling behaviors and replacing them with more positive and mature decisions and relationships. Course features include:

- Age appropriate peer groups
- Individual therapy with Primary Therapist
- Equine Therapy where emotions and actions are matched
- Realistic wilderness camp challenges to break the cycle of behaviors
- Group Therapy and Family Therapy involvement
- Residential base campus for safety and a break from wilderness camp

Adolescent Program (Ages 14-17)
Parents contact us worried that their teenage child has veered off course and is out of control. We understand these concerns and have designed the Adolescent Program to specifically address these issues.  A few short months at Trails wilderness school can start a path for a lifetime of change. Course features include:

- A Powerful Program for Your Child
- Targeted to Adolescent Needs
- Growth in the Wilderness
- Benefits of Exercise
- Repairing the Family
- Academic Benefits

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Lake House Academy
Courses / Programs
Located in Flat Rock (near Asheville), North Carolina, Lake House Academy is a private, therapeutic boarding school for girls ages 10 through 14.

A Lake House girl is typically struggling at home and academically with a number of behaviors, such as: Immaturity, Impulsivity, Disorganization, Inability to Control Anger, Defiance Toward Parents, Difficulty Maintaining Grade Level Performance at School, Tantrums, Lack of Respect, Inability to Adhere to Rules or Limits etc.

Programs are tailored to the developmental, social, emotional and academic needs of pre-adolescent and young adolescent girls with a focus on helping girls gain the skills they need to be successful in the home, at school and with friends.

Lake House Academy understands this complex family dynamic. We provide an intimate family-like environment where each girl in the Academy is honored for her skills, strengths and individual personality as we help her find her voice.

At LHA she will become confident, resilient, and prepared to walk into adolescence once again the daughter you have always had; but just lost for a time.
Residential Therapeutic Programs for Girls Ages 10-14:

- Behavior/Coping Skills
- Relationship Skills
- Art Therapy
- Family, Leadership and Team Building
- Community and Culture
- Daily structured schedule
- Academic and therapeutic challenges
- Seasonal Team Sports
- Outdoor Recreation
- Performing Arts
- Yoga
Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI)
Courses / Programs
Located in northwestern Montana, Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI) is an accredited, family-run, therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens (boys and girls) ages 13-18 from South Carolina and across the United States.

In our beautiful, peaceful, and safe location, we combine the benefits of a therapeutic boarding school, a wilderness program, and a residential treatment center (RTC).

TWAI has been serving struggling teens and their families since 2002, with an exceptional degree of success.

We provide an extremely high standard of therapeutic treatment to our students, and offer help for the following presenting issues: poor academic performance, behavioral problems, addictions, low self-worth, spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, and attachment disorders among others.

With a passion for helping young people in crisis, our clinical, educational, and operations staff are among the best in the country.

We are a small program (40 students) which means that we are able to provide a truly unique and customized approach for every student.

Typically our on site student to staff ratio is 5:1. The average stay at our residential treatment center is 12 months.

Parent Testimonial:
"We feel reassured that our son Chad is in good hands being guided onto the right track...We are really beginning to get our son back again! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Therapeutic Boarding School
For troubled teens ages 13-18

- Middle School Program
- High School Program
- Credit Recovery
- Accelerated Learning
- College Preparation/ AP Classes
- SAT/ACT Testing Center
- Anti-Bullying Program

We also provide a GED program, and college courses.

We create a customized program for each student that requires a minimum of 3 months. However, best results for lasting success are realized through 6+ months of treatment.

TWAI graduates average a 3.5 GPA. It is common for a student to complete 1.5 years of course work in 1 year.
Arthur Morgan School
Courses / Programs
Located in Burnsville, North Carolina, The Arthur Morgan School (AMS) is a private, alternative, day and boarding school for middle school students in Grades 7, 8 and 9.

AMS provides a safe and loving environment where our students learn to question and evaluate, think creatively and work cooperatively. A low student/teacher ratio ensures individualized instruction and guidance. Students and staff honor the Quaker values of simplicity, responsibility, service, personal integrity, nonviolent conflict resolution and respect for self, others and the environment.

Our curriculum standards meet the North Carolina Guidelines for Independent Schools. All students attend math and language arts classes. Students also engage in in-depth, integrated studies where they gain knowledge that more traditional schools offer in social studies, history and science classes.

Our experience over the years has been that AMS students graduate fully prepared to enter a traditional high school. Moreover, as numerous alumni have confirmed, they continue to be self-motivated learners after leaving AMS.
Day & Boarding School Programs for Middle School Students in Grades 7-9:

Subjects / features include:
- Language Arts
- Math
- In-Dept Study
- Personal Growth
- Science
- Social Studies
- Art
- Soccer
- Baseball
- Basketball
- Painting
- Pottery
- Creative writing
- Remaking clothes
- Vegan cooking
- French, German, and Spanish
- Drama
- Photography
- Film and movie making
Fishburne Military School, Waynesboro
Courses / Programs
Located in Waynesboro, an independent city located within the confines of Augusta County, Virginia, Fishburne Military School is a military boarding school for boys in Grades 7-12. For 130 years, Fishburne Military School has aided young men to reach their full potential as scholars, athletes and individuals.

Here, students develop lifelong skills in leadership and self-discipline. By virtue of our distinguished Leadership Training Program (FLTP) as part of recognized JROTC Cadet Program, FMS nominates qualified seniors to U.S. Military Service Academies.

In addition Fishburne offers students a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with college prepartion courses such as SAT and ACT as well as AP courses.

Within the barracks with modern dorm facilities, cadets learn and grow under the 24-hour supervision of the staff. Fishburne offers a structured and caring environment for young men.

Our instructors are committed to every cadet's success. FMS graduates' enjoy a 100 percent college acceptance standard, attending many of the best universities in the U.S. We are accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Military Boarding and Day Programs for Boys in Grades 7-12

- Fishburne Leadership Training Program (FLTP) as part of recognized JROTC Cadet Program with nomination to U.S. Military Service Academies

- College Preparatory Curriculum with English, math, science, U.S. history and government, world history or geography, fine or practical arts, athletics

- Advanced Placement Courses

- College Preparation Courses SAT and ACT
Prayer Mountain Boys Academy, Pike County
Courses / Programs
Located in Pike County GA, 50 miles south of Atlanta, Prayer Mountain Boys Academy is a year-round, 15-month faith-based program for struggling / at-risk teen boys ages 13-17.

Our Christian boarding school is specifically designed to help teen boys who are struggling with anger, defiance, minor substance abuse, and other destructive choices.

Our Christian boarding school for boys feels like a home. The beautiful 36-acre campus gives boys a peaceful and spacious setting in which to make lasting life change.

Our committed staff understand the situations facing these young men, many from personal experience, and they love the boys like family. We help them to grow in their relationships with themselves and with each other and, in time, to heal broken relationships with their parents and families.
15-month Christ-centered Boarding Program for at-risk individuals (ages 13-17)

Students who enter our program exhibit issues and behaviors such as:

- Low self-esteem
- Rebellion/Anger/Defiance
- Depression
- Suicidal thoughts
- Deceitfulness/Theft
- Manipulation
- Promiscuity/Gender confusion
- Drug experimentation
- Alcohol or prescription drug abuse
- Self-harm