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Montcalm School for Girls

Residential Treatment Center & Therapeutic Boarding School

Montcalm School for Girls Program Information

Gender: Girls
Ages: 12 to 18
Grades: 6 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 60
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2004
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Montcalm School for Girls Contact Information

15145 Lincoln Highway
Van Wert, OH 45891
Phone: (866) 289-9201
Fax: (419) 238-5571
School Contact: Mike Kitson
Alternative Contact: Hugh Kocab
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

The Montcalm School, located in Van Wert, Ohio is a private and confidential therapeutic residential treatment program of Starr Commonwealth. Established in 1913, Starr Commonwealth is a pioneer and leader in child welfare practices and therapeutic treatment of troubled youth. Growth over the years, and a firm belief that all children have strengths and value, culminates in an internationally recognized treatment program. The Montcalm School is driven by a set of Core Values that promote integrity, excellence, compassion and faith and ultimately lead to the belief that “there is no such things as a bad child.”

Montcalm School for Boys
You know your son. You've seen his fears, his frustrations and the behaviors that isolate and confound him.

You've also seen his goodness and his longing to find happiness. No label or pat answer can ever describe him or his experience, or for that matter, yours.

At Montcalm Schools, you'll find professionals who not only understand the struggle he's had, but the one you're having too. Taking this step is not an easy one but take heart - the journey it begins leads to hope, healing and peace.

Montcalm School for Boys is a therapeutic boarding school for boys ages 12-18. We accept students from across the country and internationally. You've found a Starr Private Treatment Program located in beautiful Albion, Michigan.
Campus Life
Montcalm School for Boys, ages 12-18, is situated on a beautiful, 350-acre campus in Albion, Michigan filled with hardwoods, green lawns and a scenic 42-acre lake. The setting itself is therapeutic, offering boys plenty of space for running, climbing, fishing and playing sports - as well as for quiet reflection.

Cottage Life
Small groups of Montcalm students live together in an inviting and home-like cottage setting. Each boy shares a bedroom as well as the day-to-day responsibilities of life among his peers. The boys do their own laundry, prepare their own meals and participate in cottage chores. It's a way of life that builds self-esteem, responsibility and a sense of belonging.

Group Meetings
Cottage members become their own "peer group." Led by a highly trained and fully licensed therapist, the boys meet five days a week for a therapeutic group meeting. But really, thanks to our belief in the positive power of peers, the entire Montcalm experience is therapeutic. Whether it's cheering on another guy in a sports event or just lending him a hand when you see him struggling (even if it's just with the laundry), there's healing in helping. We see it every single day. As for reporting, the treatment team provides updated treatment reports, therapy reviews and academic progress reports. We also welcome parent contact and can keep you regularly posted on your son's progress.

Arts and Music
We believe there's healing power in the arts and we give our boys plenty of opportunity to express themselves through painting, ceramics, and more, including our popular All Starr Choir.

Ping-pong, air hockey, games, even the occasional video game and television show - every Montcalm cottage has welcoming spaces for living and having fun. Outside there are trees to climb, rolling hills to explore and trails, woods, even a lake to enjoy. Our boys have access to outdoor ropes courses, a full-size gym, a pool and much more, including a number of regularly scheduled campus activities. Boys thrive here, physically and emotionally.

Spiritual Development
Students are encouraged but not required to attend a non-denominational service every Sunday in our Chapel in-the-Woods. While our program is grounded in a Judeo-Christian ethic, we embrace and encourage students of all faith traditions that recognize and celebrate our connectedness to God and each other.

Faculty & Staff
Each team includes a Master's level therapist, state licensed teacher, student services coordinator and residential life therapists who provide round-the-clock care for the boys in the cottages and are there for them throughout the day. Montcalm professionals, most of them longtime associates, are advocates, mentors, teachers and friends. They believe in what we do and the way we do it. It makes a big difference.

An on-campus clinic is staffed by licensed medical professionals who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Many of our students come to us with a history of poor grades, in large part because of long stretches of time spent out of school for behavior issues. The result is often a student whose self-esteem has suffered terribly. They may have given up on school or become resistant to attending at all. The good news is specialized attention and an uninterrupted instruction schedule can make a dramatic difference in a struggling student's academic performance.

We provide a broad range of services from re-integrating students back into the academic arena to providing college prepatory experiences.

Our classes are conducted Monday through Friday during regular school hours in our
on-campus school. Licensed by the Michigan Department of Education, Montcalm School offers a college preparatory curriculum and outside educational opportunities.

Highly qualified and fully certified full-time teachers are licensed by the State of Michigan Department of Education. Our talented teachers assess more than a child's academic progress, they have the skills and take the time to really understand a boy's learning style.

Nearby educational opportunities prepare our students for the future. A community college is conveniently located across from campus in addition to local technical schools in the surrounding area.

Teachers, also active members of the treatment team, are up-to-date on treatment issues and progress as well as academics. This allows seamless treatment for boys from cottage to school to group. Each child is assessed at the beginning and the end of the treatment program.

Students can graduate with a diploma from Montcalm Schools. Or, if appropriate and desired, arrangements can be made for a graduating student to receive a diploma from his home high school.

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