School Refusal Interventions

Overcoming School Refusal and Failure Issues

Personal Attention and Small Classes

Whatever their distractions have been—emotional, behavioral, academic, or motivational– at Trails Carolina, we provide each student with a chance to see learning with “new eyes” and to practice new therapeutic tools in a real-world context, thus breaking the habit of school refusal.

Many of our students have struggled with school refusal, school failure, or other disciplinary issues.  Sometimes this is a reflection of other behavioral issues, poor effort, or other learning style issues.  We work with each child to help create an environment of academic success.

Science Steve helps at-risk students appreciate learning through hands-on environmental lessons.

Working with Certified Teacher

At Trails, your child will work with Robin Lively Summers, our certified teacher. With her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Capella University and her certification and experience as an Art Educator in North Carolina, Robin works to adapt her teaching style based on each student's needs. She is passionate about developing highly effective, quality education programs that help each student on their path to success.

Robin's goal is to provide an experiential classroom environment that rejuvenates students’ appreciation for education, renews students’ confidence in their ability to learn, and prepares them to reenter their ‘real world’ school classroom as functional and critical learners.

Trails Carolina’s wilderness camps for troubled teens are dedicated to helping teens work through behavioral or emotional difficulties, build trusting relationships with their family and peers, and achieve academic success.

FAQs About Education At Trails Carolina

What does a typical day look like in the classroom?

A typical day in the classroom begins with some kind of physical activity (soccer, stretching, yoga, etc.). Daily lessons are focused on topics in personal wellness (nutrition, stress, sleep, etc.), Earth science (weather, water, soil, etc.), and language arts. Literature selections correlate with broad themes at Trails Carolina (rites of passage and heroes’ quest), and students are encouraged to make personal connections and critical reviews of diverse reading materials.

Can my student earn school credits during their time at Trails?

While enrolled, all students complete an educational curriculum that is designed to enhance students’ overall understanding of their time at TRAILS and to keep their minds conditioned to return to school after completion of the program.

If your student is coming from high school and is enrolled at Trails for a minimum of 50 days, s/he will receive a transcript issued by Trails Carolina a registered non-public high school with the State of North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction.

Can you work with my child’s current school to facilitate coursework?

Yes!  We’ve helped students stay current in home-bound coursework, capture credit for work completed prior to leaving their school, finish and receive credit for uncompleted classes, and even tie up loose ends in order to graduate high school while at TRAILS!

The best course of action is to start communication between TRAILS and the school as early as possible.  Our teacher will work with you and the school to determine achievable academic goals and facilitate the process.

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Trails saved my daughter’s life. Amanda is an amazing human and a brilliant therapist. I am so grateful to her, Science Steve, and the other wonderful people who could reach my daughter at a time when I could not.

Margot Lowman August 2022

Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.

Winnifred Wilson July 2022


Outstanding clinical work and superb staff! There’s a great culture at this company and it shows with how they engage with families/clients.

Kristin Brace June 2022