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Greenbrier Academy for Girls

Therapeutic Boarding School

Greenbrier Academy for Girls Program Information

Gender: Girls Only
Ages: 14 - 17+
Grades: 9 - 12
Estimated Enrollment: 95
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2007
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Greenbrier Academy for Girls Contact Information

Route 3
Pence Springs, WV 24901
Phone: (304) 445-7790
Fax: (304) 445-7795
School Contact: Vivian Conly
Alternative Contact: Matthew A. Hart
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Greenbrier Academy is a girls’ therapeutic boarding school that integrates personal discovery, character development and academic excellence. Specifically designed to assist young women in their academic development and self confidence, the Academy embodies the vision of a healthy campus for leaders of tomorrow. Located in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia on 140 acres, the campus borders the Greenbrier River and provides an ideal bucolic setting that is conducive to creativity and growth.

Our beautiful campus is home to young women in grades 9 through 12. Students participate in academics both inside and outside the classroom through experiential and project-based curricula. They also engage in a wide variety of outdoor and extracurricular activities. Students work together as a community, learning how to support one another and discovering unique ways of expressing their talents for the benefit of the whole school. Students are encouraged in exploring, defining, and implementing their personal goals and values. Counselors and mentors work closely with students, providing support, encouragement, and challenging them to look beyond themselves for meaning and understanding.

Our Mission
Greenbrier Academy is a young women's therapeutic boarding, college preparatory school committed to experiential education and transformative therapeutics embracing virtuous relationships, personal excellence, and emotional breakthroughs that will inspire altruistic life missions for girls and their families.

Greenbrier Academy creates a culture of learning and respect in which young women are taught how to meet intellectual challenges, work collaboratively, express themselves creatively and be persons of character in the world. We are a caring school community where students are expected to take ownership of their learning, teachers are free to utilize the most effective research-based best practices, and families partner in their daughter's education.

Greenbrier Academy’s therapeutic philosophy is grounded in the premise that relationship is the most fundamental element of life. Our relationships to other people, the world, and ourselves define and enlighten us. Our students are not just individuals—they are daughters, sisters, friends, perhaps future mothers, teachers, mentors, leaders, scientists and advocates of worthy causes. These roles are based on our understanding of relationships with others and require an accepting relationship with ourselves. As we identify and effectively change old patterns in our lives, we are able to create more positive relationships and therefore make more life affirming choices. Greenbrier Academy empowers students to recognize limiting patterns in their lives and make choices resulting in fuller, more satisfying experiences.

Equine Program Therapy at Greenbrier includes activities with horses for all students, both in the saddle and from the ground. Licensed therapists and the program director design individual plans that provide diagnostic and intervention objectives for each girl. Responsibility learned through the care of the horse in Phase 1, the power of trust earned through specialized care practices and body language communication during Phase 2, and the physical and emotional empathy gained through the study of dressage in Phase 3 culminate bringing us to presentation in Phase 4. The program goal is to develop empathy and sensitivity between student and horse, which is transferred to human relationships. This is reflected within the program through guided peer coaching.

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