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New Leaf Academy of North Carolina

Personal Development Boarding School

New Leaf Academy of North Carolina Program Information

Gender: Girls
Ages: 10 - 14
Grades: 5 - 10
Estimated Enrollment: 50
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2005
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New Leaf Academy of North Carolina Contact Information

2075 North Rugby Road
Hendersonville, NC 28791
Phone: (766) 697-5029
Fax: (828) 697-9722
School Contact: Kathryn Huffman
Alternative Contact: Catherine Jennings
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

The New Leaf Academies are  safe, structured single-gender living and educational environments for girls ages 10 through 14 at the time of enrollment who need extra help and guidance in achieving their social, familial and academic goals.  

Welcome to the New Leaf Academy private boarding school for girls ages 10 to 14 in North Carolina.

Our program offers a supportive, homelike environment and the finest education available. Courses are offered year-round, with the average length of stay lasting between 14 and 18 months. Within that time, each young girl and her family work together with counselors and staff in our unique StarSteps program.

Through the StarSteps program, each student comes to understand and take responsibility for her past choices as well as to appreciate her family and develop empathy and respect for others. As the girls and their families develop more effective ways of relating to one another, our students begin to turn their lives around.

When a girl enrolls at New Leaf, her parents join our community as well through active participation in counseling and seminars and by observing their daughter's progress at any time of the day or night through "Parent Checkin."

New Leaf Academy of North Carolina girls eastern boarding school is set on 68 acres of breathtaking hardwood forests in the world-famous Blue Ridge mountain range. This is a wonderful four-season resort area near the charming historic town of Hendersonville, whose downtown area is included in the National Register of Public Places. There are nearby rivers and waterfalls to explore, and areas that offer us a chance to hike, camp, ski, sled, rock climb, canoe and water-tube. The climate is perfect for tennis, golf, soccer, and other organized sports.

During her stay with us, your daughter will receive individual attention and nurturing care. She will study in small classes and receive counseling from staff sensitive to her situation and needs. Most students move ahead academically by one to four grades during their time at New Leaf Academy. The academy's highly structured environment with regular hours for classes, study and recreation enables students to focus and manage their time.

New Leaf Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) .
New Leaf Academy private girls school’s StarSteps program helps troubled teenage girls:

A unique system of self-development and self-knowledge - Based upon the writings of psychologist Erik Erikson, StarSteps has three stages of personal development. Each student must complete certain requirements and reach certain milestones before continuing to the next stage. The three steps take an average of six months each to complete.

Parents are a vital part of StarSteps - No girl can complete StarSteps without the assistance of her family. Parents participate in Education Seminars twice a year, three parent conferences available throughout the year, a three-day Family Workshop, and onsite Family Counseling six times per year. In Sun and Moon Steps, girls and their families have weekly telephone counseling. Girls visit home every six to eight weeks in Star Step.

Group and private counseling sessions help each student achieve her goals - Students and their families work closely and often with the New Leaf counselors at least several times each week throughout the entire program. A student must petition her counselors and teachers for permission to move to the next step.

Character education is as important as academics - The staff at New Leaf Academy teaches social skills through friendship and community.

The first step is about self-understanding and becoming part of the New Leaf community. Sun Step is learning to accept boundaries and rules, assessing strengths and weaknesses, relating well with the other students, and being of service to others. Every student has an individual session with her primary counselor at least once a week, attends special workshops and two group counseling sessions every week.

The second step is about insight and responsibility. In Moon Step she works on the skills of friendship, healthy self-expression, and becoming responsible for her behavior. She learns how and why she makes choices, the real consequences of those choices and the behavior that follows. She understands that she is still a child and that it is appropriate that adults are in charge of major decisions in her life. She understands that structure and rules benefit her.

The third step is about leadership. Acceptance into Star Step is a moment that a girl has been working for since she arrived at the New Leaf Academy. It means she is ready to take on responsibility and has reached a certain level of growth and leadership. She tests her skills during home visits with parents, siblings and friends as often as every six weeks.

The final step is graduation. A student must demonstrate her readiness for graduation by her behavior and leadership. The New Leaf Academy holds three graduations a year: two in summer and one in December. As proud parents attend and applaud, their accomplished daughter receives her diploma and says her final good-byes. She has come to the end of her StarStep Journey. She has proven herself ready for a new beginning.

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