Adirondack Leadership Expeditions Wilderness Program Now Offers Students Up to Four High School Credits

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Therapeutic wilderness program partners with Park City Independent School to provide fully accredited and transferable curriculum

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ALE students are living in the wilderness without the responsibilities or distractions of home life [which] allows for more instructional time and experiences than traditional school settings...

Adirondack Leadership Expeditions, a character-development wilderness program for troubled teenagers, has announced a partnership with Park City Independent School to offer up to four high school course credits for students who successfully complete the program. Qualifying students will receive an accredited transcript of their academic work completed during their participation in the wilderness therapy program for troubled teens.

“We are pleased to announce this partnership and the ability to offer students course credits for the education they earn while engaged in their therapeutic journey,” said Thomas Ahern, MA, Director of Clinical Outreach for the program.

Adirondack Leadership Expeditions for troubled teens, through a partnership with Park City Independent, will provide credits for Physical Education (1.0 credit), English/Creative Writing (0.5 credit), Personal Development (0.5 credit), Psychology (0.5 credit), Health (0.5 credit), and Outdoor Living (1.0 credit). The minimum length of stay to receive any credit is 30 days in the wilderness adventure therapy program, with an average length of stay closer to 55 days.

“The fact that ALE students are living in the wilderness without the responsibilities or distractions of home life allows for more instructional time and experiences than traditional school settings, and enables them to earn up to four credits at an accelerated pace,” said Ahern. “For example, the credit in physical education is based on the same Carnegie Units that a typical high school would use as the standard for instruction and includes everything from backpacking to camping, team building, group problem solving and learning about safety related to living in the elements on a daily basis.”

He adds, “Earning credits can be a tremendous opportunity for our students to maintain their academics – or make up lost credits – while they work through their behavioral and emotional issues, which is the main reason they are here.”

Park City Independent’s curriculum and credit capture program is fully accredited by the nationally recognized Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC). Credits earned can be transferred to other schools within or outside of the state of New York, and are accepted by colleges, universities, and government employers across the nation.

For more information about the program, contact Thomas Ahern, Director of Clinical Outreach, at 860-227-3316.

Adirondack Leadership Expeditions specializes in helping teens ages 13-17 who are exhibiting oppositional defiant behavior as well as entitlement issues, manipulation, low self-esteem, substance use, failure in school or negative peer association. The program promotes personal growth through a focus on insight-oriented experiences. The program’s forested, mountainous setting removes urban distractions and simplifies options to help students gain insight into their core values and accept responsibility for their choices.

Adirondack Leadership Expeditions wilderness therapy program is a program of Aspen Education Group, the nation’s leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving youth. 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 is a member of CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. Since 1995, CRC Health has been achieving successful outcomes for individuals and families.


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