Shortridge Academy is a private New England boarding school emphasizing challenging yet supportive college prep academics within a therapeutic community. We are located in southeastern New Hampshire with close proximity to both the seacoast and the mountains. Shortridge’s setting and location provide a “more normalized” experience for our students as they develop critical strengths for their futures.
Guided by a Positive Youth Development perspective, Shortridge Academy provides a therapeutically supportive and inspiring educational community. We support the cognitive, emotional, and social development of bright yet struggling adolescents by utilizing clearly-defined, goal-directed plans, evidenced-based strategies, and a college preparatory curriculum. Joining with families, our trained staff engages students to identify their strengths and encourages the development of skills and knowledge that will prepare them for healthy and productive adulthood.
While a typical Shortridge student is bright and college bound, many students benefit from our emphasis on the development of executive functioning and self-regulation skills. Our curriculum both in and out of the classroom is mindful of individual learning styles and challenges and integrates strategies that maximize the learning process.
Shaped by the defining features of authoritative parenting, the Shortridge community fosters collaboration within boundaries and offers students “a seat at the table” on both individual and community wide topics. This type of student inclusion is in part what makes the Shortridge community unique.
We accomplish our Mission by sustained review and application of best educational practices while embracing the “Six C’s” of Positive Youth Development (Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Caring, and Contribution) in everything we do. This distinctive approach allows us to engage our students and their individual strengths.
SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY AND THEORY OF CHANGE
Shortridge Academy uses evidence-based practices, well-trained and supervised staff, and positive peer influence to promote emotional healing, fulfillment of academic potential, character building, improved family relations, and the development of interpersonal and decision-making skills. Individualized Positive Development Plans systematically developed by clinicians, counselors, teachers, and parents build on the strengths of each student and guide the use of programmatic, academic, and therapeutic strategies and activities from an authoritative perspective. Shortridge Academy’s structured residential environment is a nurturing, intentional community where staff provide positive role modeling and the scaffolding students need to succeed. Students are empowered to work as partners with parents and staff to develop competence and confidence in making positive choices and planning for their future.
Shortridge Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.