Most Boarding Schools Will Not Enroll Students
With Bad Grades Or A Low GPA
Fieldstone Academy Does…
Does your student need more help in school?
At Fieldstone we help students who need more help than they are finding in their current school. Whether they need more help preparing for college, or they need more help graduating from high school.
Our boarding school accepts those students without perfect grades, or who are unhappy with their preparation for college, or who would otherwise continue to head down a path from frustration to trouble.
Fieldstone has been able to restore the dreams of young men and women who would not have been able to graduate high school, or who would have gone to college unprepared. We provide the personalized attention and time that each student needs to succeed.
Does your student need a boarding school like ours?
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Are You Looking For A School That Is…
- Willing to take students even with imperfect grades?
- Focused on academic recovery and progress?
- More affordable than other alternatives?
- Proven with years of results?
- Not a program or at-risk youth center?
- A coed structured environment?
Then Fieldstone May Be A Good Fit For Your Family!
At our boarding school, unlike most others, we help not only those with good grades, but also those who have been struggling in school and with their GPA. Fieldstone is a private school where students can regain their academic promise.
We are proud to be able to offer the opportunity for a high school diploma and a college education to those who may not graduate without extra help.
Our boarding school works to help our students achieve their full potential, no matter how far from it they are!
What is Fieldstone Academy Boarding School?
Fieldstone Academy is a boarding school that, unlike most schools, will take students who need extra help in the classroom.
Most boarding schools are not unlike colleges in that a student must have very good to excellent grades in order to enroll. That means that any student who has either fallen behind or who has a low GPA is going to have an extremely hard time getting into a traditional boarding school.
How much help can a boarding school offer?
We have students who come to us behind in school by a year or even more for academics and for a break in routine or detrimental habits.
Some have low or very low GPAs even though they are very bright and capable individuals. Most can be described as extremely underachieving in their current situation, but with great potential. They would typically not be able to make it into a traditional boarding school, but at our school they are welcome!
We also see students who are bored in classes, who have graduated from behavioral programs or wilderness programs, and who simply need a better place to go to school than their home school district.
What else can a boarding school do?
We are an excellent option when considering a transition from a program or therapeutic setting. Those students who have successfully completed a program often need help catching up to their grade level. Families looking for a boot camp for a child often find us to be a great alternative.
Often these same students are also better off staying away from those friends and influences back home, and instead stay and graduate with us.
We enroll students at all times of the year and without a minimum period of stay. We work to make our system fit the student and family, instead of excluding students who don’t fit our schedule.
How does an academic help boarding school get better results?
- Small class sizes (6-7)
- Lots of one-on-one attention
- Positive and Caring Structure
- Respect-driven culture
- Years of extraordinary results
What is the difference between Fieldstone and other boarding schools?
Fieldstone Academy is a fine example of a newer variety of boarding schools with lower tuition and admissions requirements. The typical college prep boarding school is located in the Eastern section of the United States, and are quite literally factories for Ivy Leaque University students. They are academic institutions similar to the universities themselves and are sometimes even within walking distance of those institutions. Most have been in business for more than a century and have very strict admissions policies that rival an elite university.
Boarding schools like Fieldstone follow the same basic model as these traditional schools in that they work to deliver high-quality students to good colleges and universities, but with two important differences:
- Tuition is far lower than the traditional boarding school
- Admissions requirements are also lower/more flexible than the traditional boarding school
This does not mean either that these boarding schools are cheap, or that they are a good fit for every child. A boarding school education is expensive, and those with serious behavior issues still have no place in such institutions.
In most cases, for example, unless there are serious financial or political pressures, a traditional boarding school will not accept a student who has a less than average GPA. Like a university, they are interested primarily in those students with stellar academic histories and abilities. A boarding school like Fieldstone, on the other hand, prides itself in its academic recovery capabilities. They welcome those who have the ability to do well in school, but who have not yet applied those talents in the classroom. Smaller class sizes, one-on-one tutoring, and flexible teaching styles and methods provide an atmosphere where such students can thrive.
With the right academic recovery boarding school, even students who are seriously behind in school can thrive and regain their true potential.
The tuition differences are also typically quite large. While some traditional boarding schools have tuition rates between $70,000 and $100,000 per school year, smaller academic boarding schools are typically between $28,000 and $50,000 per school year, with more financial aid and scholarship possibilities than would be seen at the larger schools.
What about Therapeutic Schools, RTCs, Wilderness programs?
There are a lot of options for families with a student who is getting into trouble or who need therapeutic help. Students who fit into these categories are not yet fit for a traditional or academic boarding school, but may be able to attend after they have graduated from one of these programs.
Therapeutic boarding schools are best suited to those students who are in need of some therapeutic help and counseling, have some serious behavior issues, but who are not incredibly violent or sexually deviant. These are students who need help from professional therapists, but who are also able to focus on academics for a substantial amount of their day. In therapeutic boarding schools students are given the aid of therapists, psychiatrists, and certified teachers to guide them in reconstructing their lives. These schools provide a stable, drug-free and safe environment for teens that are out of control or who are causing significant problems in their homes and/or communities. These schools can be more expensive than academic boarding schools due to the requirement for intensive therapy.
RTCs, or Residential Treatment Centers, are facilities with an almost purely therapeutic focus. Students may or may not attend classes, but they can expect intense therapy and a locked-down facility that keeps them away from society. RTCs are the place for those convicted of violent or sexual crimes, those with full drug addictions or suicidal tendencies, and serious behavior issues that make them dangerous to themselves and everyone else around them. RTCs can be prohibitively expensive due to the staff and therapy requirements.
Wilderness programs are perhaps the most extreme of the solutions for parents, but it also has some impressive results in some cases. The typical wilderness program takes teens for 6-12 weeks in a wilderness setting where they sleep in tents and are deprived of almost everything at the beginning of the experience and then are slowly allowed to earn back some basic amenities. Wilderness programs are shorter, though often as expensive as other methods such as RTCs and therapeutic boarding schools.
Transition Boarding Schools
Schools like Fieldstone are also often used as a transition between a therapeutic setting like a therapeutic boarding school, RTCs, and wilderness programs and their home environment. In the event that a student graduates from a therapeutic program and has shown obvious and real progress in their therapeutic issues, they can often be admitted into an academic or other small boarding school with lower admissions requirements. They would seldom be accepted by a traditional college prep boarding school in this situation. These transition students would then be able to catch up in their school work before returning home, or graduate high school and go on to college. Often students are better off if they do not return to their homes if that is where their problems reside, and small boarding schools are an excellent alternative to a bad situation.