Our outdoor residential therapeutic program and school is located in Georgia. The 80-acre facility lends itself to an atmosphere conducive for learning and growing spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
At SHF, therapy is not something that is reserved for an office. Therapy is done everywhere and all the time. Our 30 full and part time staff members are trained to look for "teachable moments" in every activity and in every situation. They use a variety of proven therapeutic strategies, straight from the bible, to challenge faulty thinking and encourage positive changes in students' behavior. Our goal is to equip at-risk and troubled youth struggling with behavioral issues with the tools necessary to become more productive members at home, school, and in the community.
The program takes troubled youth out of their normal comfort zone and requires them to build their own living quarters in the woods. With no electricity, and with the help of counselors and peers, every student succeeds while learning coping skills and communal cooperation necessary for basic daily needs. These skills are designed to be transferable into their societal roles, as rights and privileges are reinstated to the degree that students fulfill their responsibilities and obligations.
After one year in the outdoor therapeutic program, students are eligible for our transition program, "The 'Next Step", which prepares them to re-enter the normal world. Here they can live under supervision in a real house with the use of modern conveniences so they can adjust to a more self-disciplined approach to life.
Our Georgia state certified junior and senior high educators serve and educate our kids in our on-campus school house each day in compliance with Georgia state law. Since there is no education without a disciplined environment, respect for authority is transferred into the classroom. This comes from the truth, love, time, communication, and consistent training given to each student in the program. Shepherd's Hill Academy is a fully-accredited junior and senior high school by the Georgia Accrediting Commission. Courses offered are based on requirements of the state of Georgia's Quality Core Curriculum.
The annual cost is $58,900. Medical expenses, insurance costs, co-payments, prescriptions and psychotherapy are not included. For financing info, call Parent Help at 844-622-6705 or continue on to Step 3, Get Financing.