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:

- ADHD
- 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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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 North 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.
The McCallie School
Courses / Programs
The McCallie School, located on Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a boys college-preparatory day & boarding school offering Grades 6-12 (day) and 9-12 (boarding). Since its founding, McCallie has remained committed to providing an outstanding college preparatory program for boys.

McCallie School is dedicated to preparing young men to make a positive difference in their world. By fostering their intellectual, spiritual, physical and emotional development, the school seeks to inspire and motivate them to strive for excellence, seek truth, live honorably, act responsibly, and help others.

Our own experience, as well as independent research, has shown that secondary education within a single-sex environment offers fewer distractions, allows for a greater number of leadership opportunities and promotes a school culture where boys can achieve without reservation.
Day & Boarding School Programs for Boys in Middle & High School:

- Day Programs (Grades 6-12)
- Boarding Programs (Grades 9-12)

Subject areas include:
- Art
- Bible
- English
- Foreign Language
- History
- Mathematics
- Music
- Science
- Electives
- Athletics
- Summer Camp...
Shepherd's Hill Academy
Courses / Programs
Located in Martin GA, 85 miles northeast of Atlanta, Shepherd’s Hill Academy (SHA) is a co-ed Christian boarding school offering an outdoor residential program for troubled teens ages 12-17.

SHA's programs are tailored for teens struggling with a variety of negative behaviors including: ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), anger-management, anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorder, behavioral disorders, and more.

We help children struggling to cope with phobias, emotional issues, learning disabilities, physical and sexual abuse, depression, negative peer pressure, and rebellious behavior.

The unique therapeutic structure of SHA consistently provides a safe, loving and Christ-centered environment. The SHA Team provides 24/7 care and maintains a 5-1 student-to-staff ratio.

We are equipped with a completely devoted Christian staff that uses biblical principles in a loving authoritative community environment.
Boarding Program for Troubled Teens Ages 12-17:

- Wilderness Program (all negative cultural influences are removed)

- Equine Program (provides healing to teens)

- Next Step Program (middle ground between the Wilderness Program and home)

- Shepherd's Hill Academy (fully accredited, year long junior and senior high school)

Healthy Activities include:
- Sports, field trips, games, horses, animals, gardening, devotions, accountability groups, game room, exercise room, swimming, music room and chapel
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
Cherokee Creek Boys School
Courses / Programs
Cherokee Creek Boys School (CCBS), located in Westminster, South Carolina, is an accredited, therapeutic boarding school for boys with ADHD, anxiety issues, and other teen behavior problems. CCBS offers middle-school programs for boys aged 11-15 in a warm, positive, nurturing learning community.

At Cherokee Creek Boys School, our mission is to “challenge boys and their families to discover what is real and true about themselves and the world around them.”

Our school offers all the benefits of a small enrollment including hands-on academics, therapy, counseling, recreation and a talented staff dedicated to helping boys find their way back to a life of balance and harmony.

On average, our students are enrolled with us for 15—24 months. Students may stay through their middle-school years as needed.

Cherokee Creek Boys School is fully accredited by the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Middle School Boarding Program for Troubled Teens Ages 11-15:

- Comprehensive Curriculum
- Therapeutic Services
- Environmental Studies
- SACS Accredited
- Physical education
- Health and Recreation
- Individualized Academic Plans

Personal Enrichment Activities:
- Guitar Lessons
- League Sports: Soccer and Basketball
- Foreign-Language Lessons: French and Spanish
- Community Service
- Martial Arts