The True Meaning of Graduation at Timber Ridge School
What does it mean to be a Timber Ridge School graduate? For most it has meant realizing a second chance, or in some cases, a last opportunity to earn a high school diploma. For many graduates, the Timber Ridge School experience has meant replacing years of failure with success and a newfound sense of self-confidence. It has meant learning new strategies to cope with anger and past trauma. It has meant learning respect for others and gaining a new perspective on the meaning of relationships, especially those closest.
Are you a parent who is familiar with ongoing issues of truancy, suspension, expulsion and failure in school? Perhaps you have been faced with seeing your son go through the revolving door of the criminal juvenile justice system to include time spent in juvenile detention. What does a conscientious parent do that sees self-destruction of their teen-age son taking place before their eyes, but knows that their son has the potential to achieve if given the right circumstances? When a parent realizes that it is time to seek more intensive professional intervention, where can they go to receive reputable help? With a proven track record of over 45 years, Timber Ridge School has partnered with parents to provide the answer for thousands of adolescents having emotional and behavior problems.
Therapeutic residential treatment is our specialty and experience is one of our trademarks. We currently have 125 employees serving 72 students. The top 10 tenured staff alone represent over 320 years of collective experience working at Timber Ridge School. Our Behavior Management System and Level System are integrated with Reality Therapy, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Cognitive Therapy, and Character Education. While staff and clinical counselors currently use trauma informed practices in treatment and therapy, one of the research proven trauma informed models will be formally integrated into our program within the next couple of years as part of our current Strategic Plan Initiative. In addition, our emphasis on family counseling is considered critical in our eclectic approach to achieving success.
Students can thrive in our low ratio academic school setting and we feel pride in our student successes. Our high school graduation rates continue to exceed state and national averages. We look forward to our upcoming Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 to celebrate the latest group of young men who will receive their high school diplomas. However, our mission will not end at graduation as our summer school will be launched following graduation. Our students who are behind on credits will be able to earn 2 credits during summer school and others can explore new areas of interest prior to the start of the next calendar year school term which begins on Monday August 17, 2015. The wheel keeps turning and Timber Ridge School will continue to be there to serve!
Timber Ridge School SHAPES students’ lives by providing Safety, Hope, Advocacy, Preparation, empowerment, and Success. www.TimberRidgeSchool.org
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