If the student is dismissed from his/her school, DK will pick up that student on short notice, transport the student
to Cherryfield and provide appropriate supervision pending repatriation overseas, transport back home or new placement in
another school or therapeutic program. DK’s team is available to assess, evaluate, and provide support services
to the school, student, and family during what can be a very difficult and stressful time when students are dismissed. Typically
dismissals are for:
- Accumulations of school rules violations or failure to make academic progress.
- A major
school violation such as drug or alcohol use.
- Fighting or assault that may or may not have legal consequences.
issues such as oppositional or defiant behavior towards parents and school officials.
- Bullying, either face-to-face
or Internet based.
Often, the behavior has been evident before the student enrolled at the current school and
there is a paper trail of psychological and educational evaluations. The current placement may typically have
been an attempt to gain a fresh start for the student , a geographic transfer that didn’t work. Occasionally,
there are behavioral issues that were not recognized previously due to parent or school denial or may have been exacerbated
by family trauma – divorce, crime, relocation, substance abuse, revealed abuse or domestic violence. DK uses a team
approach to evaluate the student’s needs, provide support, encouragement and recommendations for the next step. Placements
may be as follows dependent upon the student’s needs, time of the school year and availability of program “slots”:
boarding school for a fresh start.
- A specialty boarding school with enhanced counseling, structure and family component.
intervention 6-8 week program usually based on academic, outdoor adventure and therapy.
- A full “wilderness”
program based on serious outdoor physical challenge partnered with a strong therapeutic component – generally 8-10 weeks.
Therapeutic boarding school with enhanced structure and therapy – usually 12 – 18 months dependent upon age, academic
and therapeutic needs.
- A full residential treatment program (RTC) for serious substance and behavioral issues.
placements may include a combination of the above, if so needed.