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The Family Foundation School

Therapeutic Boarding School

The Family Foundation School Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 12 to 18
Grades: 6 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 240
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1979
Accreditations: Affiliations:

The Family Foundation School Contact Information

431 Chapel Hill Road
Hancock, NY 13783
Phone: (845) 887-5213
Fax: (845) 887-4939
School Contact: Jeff Brain, M.A.
Alternative Contact: Sidney F. Parham, Ph.D.
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

The Family Foundation School is a college preparatory, therapeutic boarding school for bright, creative teens who have difficulty managing their emotions and behaviors. Our students come to us with a range of diagnoses and issues that may include academic underachievement, defiance, depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, ODD, substance abuse, stealing, anger, mood disorders, self-mutilation (cutting), sexual promiscuity, trauma, sexual abuse, eating disorders and compulsive use of computers

Our integrated program is designed to help at-risk teens maximize their academic potential, grow and mature emotionally and psychologically, and develop themselves physically and spiritually while they cultivate the values needed to lead meaningful, productive lives.

As parents, we all have hopes and dreams for our children....

We want to see them grow up, mature, develop their talents and potential and become happy, responsible adults. So when they encounter problems along the way—problems we can’t solve for them—we suffer too.

If you are reading this, chances are you’re looking for help for a troubled teenager struggling with behavioral and emotional difficulties, including academic underachievement, substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, promiscuity, ADHD, ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), compulsive use of computers, cutting or other self-destructive behavior.

We applaud you for taking the big first step: recognizing that a problem exists and that your home environment may not be the best place to solve it.

We know this is a difficult time, and that you have an important decision to make. We hope this site provides the information you need to make it.

The Family Foundation School has guided thousands of troubled teens toward responsible adulthood with character education that includes the 12-Step program of recovery and its spiritual principles, rigorous academics including special academic support where needed, psychological counseling, and a strong and experienced faculty and staff. We have healed families and restored the hopes and dreams of countless parents. We can restore yours, too.

The decisions involved in selecting the right boarding school are never easy. To make matters worse, parents often have to make these decisions when they feel least equipped to do so: in the face of frustration, heartache or desperation.

We’re Here to Help

We are sensitive to your situation and are prepared to help you investigate your options. First and foremost, we encourage you to “cross-shop” – to look at a variety of programs in addition to ours, to identify differences that could be important to you and your child.

Our Goal Is the Same

We have a shared goal – to determine if The Family Foundation School is the best match for your son or daughter. To this end, our admission review process will enable us to get to know you and your child, and for you to get to know us.

Our Two-Step Admission Review Process

The first step is for us to exchange information with one another. You can start by completing a Request Information form and we’ll immediately send out a packet of information about The Family Foundation School, including a printed Application for Admission. (You can also complete our application online.) Once we receive your completed application and know more about your child, we can determine his or her appropriateness for the school.

Of course, you can also call us at 845-887-5213, ext. 499 to learn more about our school and program, and to discuss the issues you’re facing. We’re always happy to take the time to talk.

The second step is for you to visit the campus and learn first-hand what makes The Family Foundation School such a unique educational and therapeutic environment.

See and Experience the School for Yourself

Your visit will include a tour of the campus conducted by students, giving you the opportunity to see and hear about the school from their perspective, and to ask them questions about their experiences here. You will also have a chance to speak with faculty and staff, to observe classrooms in session, and to eat lunch with one of our eight family units and participate in “table topics,” our lunchtime counseling sessions. Your interview and tour will begin at 10:00 AM and you should plan to stay until 2:00 PM.

For Parents Only

The tour and interview are for parents only, not for the prospective student, so if you are a single parent or are traveling alone, you are welcome to bring another adult relative or adult friend of the family. We do ask that you make arrangements for younger children, as we are not able to accommodate them during interview visits.

The Family Foundation School offers a full college preparatory curriculum for grades 9-12, and a separate middle school curriculum for grades 6, 7 and 8. We offer high school math through calculus, earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics, four years of Spanish, and standard four-year sequences in history and English. We also offer several college courses on site. This allows those students who need to stay to finish the character education part of the program to do so with no loss of educational opportunity.

We also offer courses in physical education, living skills, art, music, and drama. Active extracurricular work in sports and the performing arts support these courses. Our classes average 12 students each with an overall student-teacher ratio of 8-to-1. Teachers are available for extra work, and peer tutoring and study groups operate in all families. We run two 25-week semesters, which allows us to admit students on a rolling basis and provides more review time for finals, the Regents exams (required in New York for graduation) and SATs.

We are registered by The New York State Board of Regents and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Over the last four years, 100 percent of our graduates have been accepted to post-secondary institutions—an impressive statistic considering the many students who come to us with little hope of graduating from high school.

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