Getting Back On The Right Track: Academics at Trails Prepare Students to Succeed

    For many struggling families, school can be a seemingly insurmountable challenge. Being a student is a full-time job for a teenager and if your child feels like they are not successful and incapable of excelling academically, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure if they’re not given the proper guidance. At Trails Carolina, we understand what a huge role education plays in a teen’s life.

    We’ve embedded authentic academics in a really innovative and creative experiential process that’s clinically driven. Students get to break away from negative patterns and rekindle their connection with the process of learning.

    The role of education at Trails Carolina

    At Trails, we’ve developed an academic program that’s approachable, yet challenging. We reintroduce education to the student within a new paradigm. Inside our program, they have clinical support that wasn’t available to them before and allows the student to demonstrate where they’ve disconnected with learning and process it.

    For example, there may be a student that loves the expedition portion of learning, but seizes up when they step into a classroom–and that’s something the clinical process helps dissect and work through.

    It’s important to include academics because it’s such a large part of an adolescent’s life. This is why we offer multiple credits–so that our students don’t fall behind when they return to a traditional school. While they may be a little out of sync, they certainly are able to slip back into a traditional setting more easily than if there were no academic credits available.

    Unlike many programs, we also have the option for a student’s respective school to work with Trails by sending along assignments from a student’s teachers so they can finish the period or semester (this is done on a case by case basis).

    Some of the benefits of Trails’ academic programming include:

    • AdvancED/ SACS-CASI accredited, authentic academics
    • A blend of traditional and experiential instruction
    • A true mountain classroom experience
    • Small class sizes
    • Learning is seamlessly embedded into their daily lives, so they’re learning all the time
    • Rekindle the drive to become lifelong learners
    • Discovering curiosity

    Changing how the whole family views school

    Often, our families have faced a lot of frustration and struggle with their student in school. That’s why we work to reframe education for the whole family. We want to change how parents relate with their student about school.

    Instead of it being the pinnacle of struggle, we want it to be a collaborative effort that enables the student. We want parents to work with their child to help support them in their process. We urge students to verbalize and talk through their learning in order to facilitate this.

    We strive to create an educational environment in- and outside the classroom. We want our students to be excited about learning all the time, not just within the walls of a school building. By doing this, our students find determination, confidence, and responsibility within themselves.

    Trails Carolina is here for your family

    Searching for the right program that fits your struggling teen can be a lengthy process. If traditional outpatient therapies aren’t offering improvements, it might be time to look into a wilderness therapy program like Trails Carolina.

    Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program for teens, ages 10 to 17, struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and many others. We strive to create meaningful change within our students through the use of individual, group, family, equine and wilderness therapy. We can help your family recover.

    For more information about how we help at Trails, contact us today at 800-975-7303.

     

    AUTHOR

    Elizabeth Chancellor

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