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Stone Mountain School

Therapeutic Boarding School

Stone Mountain School Program Information

Gender: Boys Only
Ages: 11-17 @time of enrollment
Grades: 6 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 60
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1990
Accreditations: Affiliations:

Stone Mountain School Contact Information

126 Camp Elliot Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Phone: (828) 669-8639
Fax: (828) 669-2521
School Contact: Sam Moore
Alternative Contact: Susan Hardy, MEd
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Stone Mountain School was established to provide adolescent boys grades 6 through 12 with an exciting alternative to traditional education programs. We are a licensed, year-round intervention school that provides a structured academic and behavioral program in an outdoor environment. Admissions are accepted year round.

Stone Mountain boarding schools for boys is a long-term residential school in an outdoors environment that is geared to help families of boys with emotional issues or behavioral problems.

Stone Mountain boarding school for boys specializes in pre-adolescent and teen boys with learning differences or disabilities, attention deficit disorder (ADD), or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The most common goals set by the boys who attend Stone Mountain:

"To be more responsible, to control my anger, and to improve my social skills."
"To be honest, respectful and helpful to others."
"To become a positive part of my family."
What academics are like at Stone Mountain School:
"School here is very unique because they focus on the individual and you actually learn."
What it's like making friends and getting along with others:
"Living with diversity and close quarters helps with learning to respect others and treat them the way you want to be treated."
Ways students learn to communicate better:
"I have learned many good ways to communicate more efficiently and feel I am being understood better than I used to be."

Learn how Stone Mountain School's rustic environment helps lessen ADD symptoms.

Specialty boarding schools offer boys with ADHD a safe, structured environment in which they can thrive and succeed both academically and socially. Stone Mountain boarding school serves boys ages 11-17. The rustic wilderness environment in North Carolina serves as an excellent teaching tool for boys with ADHD / ADD through direct experience.

Stone Mountain School operates under a Special Use permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service in the pristine wilderness of the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests.

The goal of Stone Mountain boarding schools for boys is to strengthen students' cognitive and affective skills through a creative spirit of inquiry, allowing them to achieve academic success while assuming responsibility and control over their own behavior.

The ADHD boarding schools for boys academic program is designed to meet the learning needs of 6th through 12th graders who present with wide variations in both ability and motivation. Specific approaches are used to address learning needs presented by students who are ADHD, dyslexic, dysgraphic, NLD, Aspergers, and/or ODD. Through the use of a nationally standardized curriculum from TenSigma, students earn academic credit in all content areas, and courses are transferable to other private and public schools.

The foundation of student instruction is based on the research of Lev Vygotsky, who argued that instruction is most effective when it targets the student's "zone of proximal development." By assessing each student's ability and frustration levels, we then plan instruction that falls within the "zone" that exists between those two levels. Students at our ADHD boarding school can achieve at levels that are both challenging and meaningful.

Lessons are highly structured and include a combination of whole group lessons and small group or individualized activities. The student/teacher ratio is typically 5:1. Quizzes and tests are given regularly, and assignments are graded and returned with specific feedback for each student. Organizational skills and note-taking are taught regularly through direct instruction within the context of the lessons being taught. Appropriate modifications are made to target a student's weaknesses. Students who read significantly below grade level utilize the Kurzweil Reader so they may learn specific content material that is commensurate with their grade level peers. In addition, individual multi-sensory language instruction is taught through the Orton-Gillingham approach.

Disruptions are dealt with quickly, with emphasis on the use of cues for self-monitoring, recognition for avoiding problems or regaining control, and positive feedback for each. Core academic courses are four hours daily, which includes a period of feedback/evaluation based on behavior and performance during each class. Electives are earned after school and are integrated into the SMS Stages System. Full completion of the SMS program is required for elective credit.

At Stone Mountain attention deficit disorder school, students reap the benefits of being in such a beautiful, rustic setting. Research has shown that children with ADHD function better if they spend part of their day outdoors in nature. The boys with ADHD who attend Stone Mountain boarding school take full advantage of their environment by participating in a variety of activities.

Hiking and Camping
Our proximity to several national forests and the Appalachian Trail allows us to provide exciting and diverse trail schedules. Each adventure trip is scheduled around the students' academic needs and seasonal requirements. Students typically participate in an adventure trip four out of every five weekends.

Water Sports
Swimming, fishing, and canoeing are available at our lake. Each activity is preceded by safety and skills training.

Chess instruction and local tournament participation are provided by a Lifemaster instructor.

Art class is taught weekly and includes a variety of media.

Music Performance/Appreciation
This course has a performance component alternating with a music appreciation component. On the performance side, students are exposed to a wide range of musical instruments, ranging from drums/percussion to melodic instruments such as guitars, piano, bass, horns, etc. (based on interest/talent), as well as vocal work. Each student is expected to perform for the whole school, either individually or in small combos. Through learning how to perform, they will learn the wonder of applause, how to listen to others in a group, and broaden their minds through the joy of learning a new skill.

In the Drama class, students are given a foundation of improvisational skills that will ease the inherent fear of performing in front of people and teach them how to depend on and trust each other. Improv activities are a tremendous way to learn positive group dynamics. Once a foundation is laid, the students help in putting together a short play (or series of skits) to be performed for the entire school.

Between August 2003 and January 2006, Aspen Education Group participated in the nation's first large-scale study of its kind, measuring the effectiveness of Aspen's private residential programs for teens and their families. The study collected survey responses, both at program admission and then again at discharge, from 993 young people ages 13-18, enrolled in Aspen's residential programs. The study also collected responses from their parents or guardians. The following are highlights that might prove valuable in evaluating your decision to enroll your child in a private residential program.

This ground breaking study was conducted by an independent research company, Canyon Research and Consulting, with oversight by the Western Institutional Review Board. Results of this study were presented at the 114th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association - August 2006.

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