Shortridge Online: Distance Learning and Support

Shortridge Online is an innovative online platform, developed by Shortridge Academy, which delivers our fully-accredited (New England Schools and Colleges) academic curriculum, expert therapeutic support, and community-based learning environment to our students regardless of their location. Shortridge Online was developed based on the belief that technology can be an invaluable means of assisting students in their learning while helping them foster valuable connections with peers and staff. Developed by our dedicated technology staff, Shortridge Online combines the latest in distance learning technology with our school’s unique approach to integrating Positive Youth Development into our learning protocol. 

Shortridge Online is ideal for students who have come to Shortridge for at least their first academic semester and who have demonstrated academic and therapeutic readiness  to transition to a remote-learning environment, at home or elsewhere.  Students attend the same classes and social meetings, engage in the same individual or group therapies, and have access to the same learning support tools as their on-campus peers.  

We Were Prepared for COVID

Shortridge Online was put to its first real test with the arrival of COVID-19. Our students remained home after spring break as Shortridge transitioned to our online learning and clinical support platform. Many were able to attend class, engage in therapy, continue developing technology and social skills, and attend their regular group advisory and social sessions from their homes. During the early weeks of the crisis, as envisioned, Shortridge Online proved itself to be a reliable, robust platform that could adapt to the needs of a rapidly changing situation and deliver students and families the education, communication, and support they had come to expect from Shortridge Academy.   

Prior to Shortridge Online’s development, the Academy had already integrated technology into its on-campus approach to learning and support. Shortridge routinely teaches students technological skills which are essential for college-level research, writing, and today’s careers. To ensure responsible use of technology, Shortridge staff also have access to management tools which allow them to monitor content access and consumption levels while directing desired student activity. On-campus, this allows Shortridge staff to limit student access to certain apps and specify appropriate times for use, such as limiting Netflix and similar streaming apps to after school hours as an example. Online, teachers are able to supervise students’ activity and provide students with customized content related to the curriculum. Initially leveraged on-campus, these same technologies support Shortridge Online’s approach.

Transition Services

Shortridge Academy also offers Transition Services including remote therapy and coaching. These virtual sessions can be conducted from one to four times each week and customized according to the individual needs of the student and his or her family. This offering helps Shortridge students transition out of our program and into traditional school, college, or a successful career as young adults. 

We know that now more than ever, flexibility and agility is key when helping students tackle the academic, social, and personal challenges they face as they grow. Students need an academic, social, and therapeutic solution that fits into their lives and keeps them safe, supported, and appropriately challenged. By integrating all these vital components into a distance learning platform, Shortridge Online is perfectly suited to the needs of our students and their families today.

Post-Shortridge Support

Shortridge Academy also offers a post-graduation remote therapy and mentoring programming, Shortridge Telecare. These virtual sessions can be conducted from one to four times each week and customized according to the individual needs of the student and his or her family. This post-Shortridge offering, helps former Shortridge students transition out of our program and into college or a successful career as young adults. 

We know that now more than ever, flexibility and agility is key when helping students tackle the academic, social, and personal challenges they face as they grow. Students need an academic, social, and therapeutic solution that fits into their lives and keeps them safe, supported, and appropriately challenged. By integrating all these vital components into a distance learning platform, Shortridge Online is perfectly suited to the needs of our students and their families today.

Here’s What Parents Are Saying

Here’s what current families participating in the program are saying about their experiences with Shortridge Online:

“Just got off a zoom call with parents like us – several other Shortridge parents were involved. Some are struggling with the pandemic and lack of structure. I must say I am impressed with how the therapists are working so hard and the teachers. I just want to say to everyone…Thank you. Our son is doing very well. We are waiting and hoping he gets into one of two private schools locally. Just wanted to tell you that. We parents appreciate it. This is hard on all of us and harder when kids are struggling.”

– Parent of virtual student, was on campus, graduating this summer

“A big thanks to all at Shortridge for continuing to support our daughter during the COVID-19 crisis. We have been so impressed with the speedy and thoughtful transition to online learning and therapy. She has continued to grow and work on herself in a way we didn’t think possible. The structure of the school week has been so important to keeping her on track. We feel fortunate to have found Shortridge. Now if only we could get her to work on her college applications… We are so grateful for Shortridge. This year has been just the transition she needed after Wilderness and RTC. The tragedy of COVID-19 has provided some silver linings for us – more family time together, a reset on college plans for everyone graduating 2020 and shared FOMO feelings. I think it normalized things for us and her.”

– Parent of virtual student, started on campus, graduating this summer

“We are thrilled to have found the option to enroll our son virtually at Shortridge Academy. The strong academic environment is preparing him well for boarding school and college, as well as developing his executive functioning skills. Shortridge feels light years ahead of other schools when it comes to providing a high-quality, safe, online environment and community, coupled with the wrap around support of one-on-one, group and family Therapy. We feel so lucky to be able to have our son at home with us, after 15-long months of treatment, knowing we have the extra support and nurturing resources of Shortridge’s professional staff. This has allowed our family to safely and confidently navigate those difficult bumps of being at home during an extremely stressful pandemic. THANK YOU SHORTRIDGE!”

– Parent of virtual student who has never been on campus

To learn more about Shortridge Online or Shortridge Academy, please call 877-903-8968 or contact us here.

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