Student Profile

Shortridge Academy students are bright and engaging young people who can thrive in an all gender college preparatory boarding school environment. They have typically gained insight and resiliency in a therapeutic wilderness program or residential treatment center prior to enrolling at Shortridge. Our students and families are well suited to a personalized approach that dovetails therapeutic and academic plans.

Students may be receiving help from educational and mental health professionals to address personal and family issues. Shortridge Academy will work with these resources to help determine if our school will be the appropriate placement for your child.

Most often, our students have attended a short-term program that recommended longer-term care. We work closely with many other programs to ease student anxiety about their move to Shortridge and are also happy to speak with current counselors/therapists.

Although our students may have previously experienced success, they may have more recent struggles with issues such as:

  • ADHD
  • Executive function issues
  • Mild learning differences
  • Recent academic struggles
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Identity issues
  • Poor decision making
  • Gravitation toward a negative peer group
  • Adoption-related issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Post-acute trauma
  • Family conflict and opposition
  • Excessive computer use
  • Self-isolation

Shortridge Academy typically is not able to serve students with:

  • Recent self-harm
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Personality disorders (Axis II traits)
  • Active eating disorders
  • Significant opposition outside of the home
  • Conduct disorder
  • Bullying
  • Violence
  • Acute medical conditions
  • Moderate and severe substance use disorders

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