Stone Mountain School Announces New Academic Director and Additions to its Academic Program for Boys with ADHD and Learning Disabilities

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Exciting changes are taking place in the academic department at Stone Mountain School for boys, including a new academic director, expanded career technology and fine arts programs, and ongoing training in the Orton-Gillingham approach.

Stone Mountain School has a well-deserved reputation as one of the strongest academic programs in the therapeutic industry, and I’m honored and excited to be working with this amazing team.

Stone Mountain School, an all-boys therapeutic boarding school in North Carolina, is already known for its ability to help boys with ADHD and learning disabilities achieve academic success. Under the direction of a newly appointed Academic Director, Jake Weld, M.Ed., the school’s academic program is about to get even better.

Mr. Weld has worked in wilderness, experiential, therapeutic, conventional and residential educational settings for over 15 years, and has taught a wide variety of skill levels and ages. He has served as wilderness director, dean of academics and academic director for various boarding schools and programs, and has earned a teaching credential and master’s degree in Education.

“Stone Mountain School has a well-deserved reputation as one of the strongest academic programs in the therapeutic industry, and I’m honored and excited to be working with this amazing team,” said Mr. Weld. “The school has an enviable academic staff retention rate, with the bulk of the current team being together almost five years and many who have been here over 10 years. That depth and breadth of knowledge translates into excellent service for our students and their families.”

Other exciting changes are also taking place at Stone Mountain School. The school’s Career Technology instructor, Eric Morlino, recently earned a Core Curricula Certification by the National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER), a leader in vocational education services and oversight. Mr. Morlino is working diligently to open the school’s new career-tech building and to certify the facility through the NCCER.

The boys at Stone Mountain School will also enjoy a new Fine Arts building on campus this summer, which will house the school’s expanded Visual and Performing Arts program. The arts program will be led by Mike Reardon, an accomplished painter and visual artist, who is introducing ceramics, drawing, painting and music to the students as an outlet for creativity and self-expression.

Stone Mountain School also continues to train staff in the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching boys with learning disabilities. Orton-Gillingham is a well-established and nationally recognized multi-sensory approach to helping students develop in the areas of language expression and comprehension.

Mr. Weld will guide and support all of the work that is happening in the academic department and is anxious to share his vision with the students.

“As a school, we are a team of lifelong learners that also enjoys sharing knowledge with our students,” he said. “This means that we are continuously reviewing our approaches and systems and exploring new ways to build on our students’ strengths, help them experience academic success and continue to challenge them in appropriate academic realms.”

About Stone Mountain School

Stone Mountain School is a SACS-accredited, year-round therapeutic boarding school for boys ages 11-17 with emotional, behavioral and learning issues such as ADD, ADHD and nonverbal learning disorder (NLD). Set in beautiful western North Carolina, the school blends outdoor adventure trips, a nationally standardized academic curriculum, and weekly individual and group therapy to help students achieve academic and personal success. Since 1990, Stone Mountain School has helped boys build their confidence, strengthen their relationships and take charge of their futures.

Stone Mountain School is a program of Aspen Education Group, the nation’s leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. Aspen’s services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment, and include a variety of therapeutic settings such as boarding schools, outdoor behavioral health programs and special needs summer camps, allowing professionals and families the opportunity to choose the best setting to meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs.

Aspen Education Group is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. For over two decades, CRC Health has been achieving successful outcomes for individuals and families.

For more information, please call (866) 515-5202 or visit Stone Mountain School.

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