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      Creating an Environment for Academic Success

      When the student transitions from wilderness expedition to base camp, they will engage in several academic programs that will allow them to practice their newfound skills in a different environment with new team members.

      Unlike other wilderness programs where academics are only “in the field”, we believe in the value of a more traditional environment back at base camp. Academics are often where students struggle and become frustrated, so significant progress can be made. It is also beneficial that students practice in a classroom environment so they are more easily able to adapt to their home classroom after their time at Trails.

      Accredited Academics

      Trails has a Cognia (formerly known as AdvancEd (SACS)) accredited academic program, enabling students to transfer credits back home. Plus, there are proven benefits to bringing students into a more traditional classroom setting while in the therapeutic environment. Adding a personalized classroom environment helps our students achieve success and practice their new skills in a school setting.

      Our academic curriculum is integrated into the overall therapeutic approach of Trails, allowing each student to see learning with “new eyes” and practice the strategies they’ve learned in the wilderness and other environments. Many of our students have struggled with school refusal, poor grades, or other disciplinary issues.

      Sometimes this academic struggle is a reflection of other behavioral issues, poor effort, or a curriculum ill-suited to their learning style. We work closely with each child to help them achieve academic success. Our goal is to meet the child “where they are at” in their academic journey and instill an interest in growth and development.

      Working with Certified Teacher

      At Trails, your child will work a certified teacher who specializes in working with exceptional students who have unique learning needs. While most therapeutic programs don’t offer accredited academics, we believe it is vital to the long-term success of each student to overcome any frustration, lack of motivation, or underperformance they may be facing in the classroom.

      Our goal is to provide an experiential classroom environment that reinvigorates students’ appreciation for education, renews confidence in their ability to learn, and prepares them to reenter their home classroom as critical learners.  Additionally, students learn to take inventory of their learning styles and how to be advocates for their own learning.

      Integrated Academics

      Daily lessons are focused on personal wellness topics (nutrition, stress, sleep, etc.), earth science (weather, water, soil, etc.), history and language arts. Literature selections correlate with broad themes at Trails Carolina (rites of passage and the hero’s quest/journey), and students are encouraged to make personal connections and critically review diverse materials.

      Earning School Credits

      While enrolled at Trails students complete an academic curriculum 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. Students will receive a transcript issued by Trails Carolina that recognizes work completed in the following subjects:

      • Adventure Education (P.E.)     = 1.0 credits
      • Health & Wellness         = 0.5 credits
      • World Literature             = 0.5 credits
      • Appalachian History         = 0.5 credits
      • Environmental Studies        = 0.5 credits
      • TOTAL                     3.0 credits

      **Please note that middle school aged students receive 2.5 credits. They will not earn the history credit.

      Trails Carolina is accredited by Cognia (formerly known as AdvancEd (SACS)) and is a registered non-public high school with the State of North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction.




      “If your child is in need and you feel you don’t have the skills alone to help them, Trails can! And they will!”
      AJ S., Father