Unlike most boarding schools, we do enroll students this late in the year. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a perfect time to get a student out of a bad schooling situation, and make some progress before the Winter Holiday break. We’ve seen a lot of students who should have come to us a lot earlier, because their frustration levels kept growing the longer they were in their home school.
It’s better to get them to us while school is still just a frustration, instead of when it turns into an absolute torture!
The question we consistently ask is a simple one: Can he/she improve their grades all by themselves? If the answer is yes, then you don’t need us. If the answer is a resounding and emphatic no, then they need to come see us as soon as possible!
Why Is Smaller Better?
We’ve been around since 2003. We have tried larger student bodies, and didn’t like it. We couldn’t connect to our students the way we wanted to, so we backed off on the grandiose plans of hundreds of students and went with what works. Our students eat dinner together at a family table instead of in a cafeteria, they herd cows, wrestle calves, and ride horses. They have the old-fashioned kind of fun, and love it!
The Best Academic Improvements In Our Students
The first thing we have students do is take a test to evaluate their comprehension of academic subjects. From there, we look to improve on all areas. If they are weak, we work them until they are strong. If they are already strong, we push them to make them truly incredible. When we retest them after a time, the improvement is staggering. We see sophomores who start with us with a 8th grade comprehension of math, who improve to past their own grade level in nine months. These are students who are generally thought to be doing “well, but not great” at their current schools, but who really needed some extra help if they were going to continue to succeed.
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WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE?
Instead of dorms, we have a family home with parents who treat our students like their own kids. It becomes their home away from home, and they will miss it after they graduate. Instead of large classrooms, we have small ones. Instead of large campuses for playing frisbee, we have a ranch. Instead of a long admissions process, we can admit a student within days of first contact as long as they fit our profile!
What Do They Do After School?
They clean their rooms, they do chores, they work with animals out at our ranch, and they participate in projects. They chase cows, ride horses, fix fences, dig holes, play with baby calves, and work HARD. They learn to work, to accomplish things, and to care about things other than themselves. They eat beef, pork, and eggs they helped raise, and drink whole milk they helped prepare.
You wouldn’t believe the tired smiles…
Is Your Child A Good Fit?
If we haven’t scared you off yet, we should probably talk about your child immediately! No need to wait for those bad grades to hit the official transcript, and no need for family fighting to get any worse.
We have been doing this for a long time, and we have an excellent success rate at getting students caught up in school and giving them memories they don’t forget. We don’t have minimum GPA standards for enrollment, which allows us to accept even those who aren’t doing well in school.
You can fill out an application here.
“It is so wonderful to see the maturity he is beginning to show. He is positive about school and it is wonderful to see him happy!!!!”
“I’m honored and amazed at the work you all do. Of all the helping profession we have been exposed to, nothing has been as helpful to us as Fieldstone Academy Boarding School has been in our time of crisis.”
AMAZING PROGRESS IN MATH
“(My child’s) progress at this boarding school is amazing, and I’m so thankful he has the ability to flourish in such a wonderful environment.”
AMAZED AT THE CHANGE
“Most of the people here are like family to me. They stand up for me and help me in school and help me with a lot of stuff. Personal and school. Knowing that I actually have friends like that in my life makes me smile. It really is such a wonderful feeling.”
- A focus on the whole person–not just the diploma
- Life skills training, not just in the classroom
- Possible college credit, extra tutoring, ACT PREP, small class sizes
- Family style, structured living environment with home cooking and activities
- Work, accomplishment, pride, and self-respect the old-fashioned way
READY FOR A SCHOOL THAT IS ...• Values-based?
• Able to turn around a student’s worsening academics?
• Able to offer concurrent college courses?
• Willing to take students even with imperfect grades?
• Focused on the real skills a student needs for success?
• Offering more than just classes and a diploma?
NWAC ACCREDITED SCHOOL
The Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) serves as the accreditation commission for Advance-Ed. Together they serve as the accreditation authority for over 30,000 public and private schools in over 70 countries. As an accredited boarding school, Fieldstone is allowed to offer students and their parents certain benefits such as greater ease of transferring credits, greater access to federal loans and scholarships, and the benefit of simply knowing that were are committed to student performance and accountability.