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Hidden Lake Academy

Therapeutic Boarding School

Hidden Lake Academy Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 13 to 18
Grades: 7 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 175
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1994
Accreditations: Affiliations:

Hidden Lake Academy Contact Information

830 Hidden Lake Rd.
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Phone: (800) 394-0640
Fax: (706) 864-9109
School Contact: Julie Cochran
Alternative Contact: Leonard Buccellato, Ph.D.
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Hidden Lake Academy (HLA), located on a 215-acre campus one hour north of Atlanta, helps young people make significant gains in emotional maturity and academic achievement. Integral to the HLA program is an equal emphasis on the college-preparatory academic curriculum and sudent's therapeutic work.

Our Admissions Staff can assist you in determining the appropriateness of your child for enrollment. They are familiar and acutely aware of the concerns of families taking this very difficult first step. They will help you by addressing concerns and answering questions. To further assist you in understanding HLA’s program, the student make-up, distinctions and statistical demographics may be viewed by clicking on Student Demographics.

HLA Admissions must have the following material in order to consider and accept a student. Student acceptance can be confirmed within several days.

Financial Aid and Scholarships are available.
Please obtain the details from our Admissions Department.

Full Psychological Profile and/or referral from an Educational Consultant
High School Transcripts for last three years
Court Order/Divorce Decree pertaining to custody and visitation rights (if sole custody)
Physical Examination
Application for Admission

Our modern 210 acre campus is situated within the beautiful north Georgia Mountains, surrounded on three sides by National Forest, with many varied outdoor activities. Located in the heart of the campus is a 14 acre crystal clear stocked lake offering fishing and canoeing. Students have a wide variety of campus recreational activities, from wilderness experiences to many off campus activities, advantaging the local and Atlanta community events. There are also many Clubs and Organizations in which students may participate.

Although most of our students struggle with issues of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, we treat all of our students’ needs with specialized attention. Hidden Lake Academy offers a strong therapeutic curriculum, coupled with specialized "adjunct" therapeutic services which address other clinical issues such as; addictive, compulsive and self-destructive behaviors. While supported in a caring, loving environment, students are taught the lessons of healthy living. During the course of the therapeutic program at HLA, students move through five sequentially planned counseling segments called Elements. Each element introduces concepts that are crucial to the student’s personal development and success. Each student participates in individual as well as group therapy.

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