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Penikese Island School

Therapeutic Boarding School

Penikese Island School Program Information

Gender: Boys Only
Ages: 15 - 18
Grades: 8 - 12
Estimated Enrollment: 9
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1973
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Penikese Island School Contact Information

Address:
PO Box 161
565 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Phone: (508) 548-7276
Fax: (508) 457-9580
Email: info@penikese.org
Website: www.penikese.org
School Contact: Pam Brighton
Alternative Contact: Toby Lineaweaver
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Thank you for considering the Penikese Island School. Established in 1973 to be a non-institutional, one-boy-at-a-time alternative treatment program, Penikese remains a small program dedicated to promoting lasting internal change over temporary conformity, and finding what works for each boy and adapt Penikese to meet his needs, rather than trying to change each boy to fit Penikese. Penikese’s island location promotes the formation of authentic, interdependent and work-intensive community that mirrors the social expectations of the real world.

Although still small and true to its founding philosophy in many other ways, Penikese has grown and changed over the years, now offering a thorough and integrated program that includes clinical, educational, vocational and life skill components on the island and graduate Aftercare and community services in the community at-large.

Penikese Island School Program Structure
Rather than a one-size-fits-all model, Penikese’s program structure is flexibly tailored to the needs and expectations of individual students with emphasis on community service and redemption, rather than punishment, as consequences for poor choices. Penikese behavioral goals include improved self control, accountability, mature judgment, and respect for parental authority. Penikese uses a point system that targets behaviors and abilities essential for growth and change. Acceptable behaviors and positive choices are reinforced with wages for each point earned and privileges that include home visits.

Clinical Services
Penikese provides comprehensive services which include individual and group counseling by licensed clinicians, family support and intervention, substance abuse treatment, and if needed, psychiatric consultation. Penikese staff are professionally trained and supervised to take team approaches to individual student needs.

Education
Penikese is accredited by Massachusetts’ Department of Education as a Chapter 766 school with special commendations for its reading program, health and safety policies and procedures, and aftercare.

Students attend formal academic instruction from special education certified teachers in Penikese’s one-room schoolhouse with a two to one student teacher ratio. Penikese’s vocational program provides its students with applicable job skill training and strengthened work ethic.

Family Involvement
Penikese extensively involves community and family resources in activities ranging from island visits to counseling and treatment planning, and parents and other involved family resources are in constant contact with the school throughout placement.

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