For students being suspended or dismissed from their New England boarding schools, DK Associates offers a unique service
to schools and families. 15 years ago, the headmaster of a boarding school in New Hampshire called Peter Duston and asked
if DK Associates could take a Korean student on suspension since it made little sense to send that student back home for 4
days. With Peter’s history in boarding schools, college counseling and international student placement, he had many
professional connections with schools and programs and years of experience with adolescents. DK has since assisted many students,
schools and families with suspended or dismissed students as well as medical and vacation respite needs. Our team is prepared
to come and pick up your student on short notice; to bring that student to our homes in Cherryfield, Maine for respite, evaluation
and guidance; and return your student to school with a report of our observations. Typical suspensions are for a minimum of
3 days to a maximum of 2 weeks, with 5-7 days the average, and are usually for rules violations at the student’s school
- DK Associates assesses the issues surrounding the suspension to determine underlying causes.
substance abuse evaluations are provided.
- Academic work is coordinated with the school and monitored with tutors as
- Recreation – hikes, bikes and fresh air as appropriate.
- Community service if required or appropriate.
at AA/NA and contact with young adults in recovery.
- Work experience with a coach who has a proven track record with
- Participation in family and small town activities.
- Goal setting and college counseling is included
if appropriate to the suspension.
A detailed report with recommendations will be furnished to the school
and family from a “fresh” perspective. We have been able to identify specific issues that the school and
parents should be aware of and suggested strategies to address those student needs. For substance use/abuse issues, one-on-one
daily advising is available to include experiential and hands-on interaction with our experienced team member. Imagine
your son, daughter, or student talking about “pot smoking” with our case manager who has been “there”
while going on a hike.