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Shortridge Academy is a therapeutic boarding school/alternative high school for troubled teens. Shortridge Academy is a therapeutic boarding school/alternative high school for troubled teens.
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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 rigorous 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.

Shortridge Academy is a private, therapeutic boarding school providing residential boarding school services in a New England-style boarding school environment. We are located in south eastern New Hampshire and offer a private high school boarding experience for 9th - 12th graders. Our retreat-like setting provides an opportunity for students to experience a more normalized therapeutic private school experience while developing strengths to work on issues such as academic difficulties, anxiety, family conflict and histories of unhealthy decision making and relationships.

We accomplish our Mission by sustained review and application of best educational practice while embracing the Six Cs of Positive Youth Development (Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Caring, and Contribution) in everything we do. This distinctive approach allows us to fully engage our students and their individual strengths.


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.

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