Frequently Asked Questions
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.
SHOULD I WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE QUARTER/SEMESTER TO ENROLL MY STUDENT IN A BOARDING SCHOOL?
ANSWER: If your student is currently failing, it would be better to get them somewhere where they can succeed. If you wait until the end of the quarter or semester, those failing grades will be part of their official transcript that will follow them into college. If they need to catch up, time is of the essence.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SEND MY CHILD TO A BOARDING SCHOOL?
ANSWER: The cost of sending your child to a boarding school is usually far less than sending him to a residential treatment center, and unless he or she has criminal or drug-abuse problems, a boarding school will probably produce a more worthwhile result. We have parents tell us that we are far less expensive than other programs and schools they have seen, but no system that offers what we offer will be cheap. We can guarantee that we will make it work even when no other school can.
ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?
ANSWER: We offer a limited number of scholarships each year based on need and merit. None of our scholarships pay for the full tuition costs, but they do usually allow students to attend that would not have been able to otherwise. Please contact us for information regarding eligibility.
IS FINANCING AVAILABLE?
ANSWER: Yes. We have partnered with an excellent financing institution with very reasonable interest rates and excellent acceptance policies. Please contact us for application instructions. With our focus on student success and our financing partnerships we are able to help many who would not otherwise be able to afford a boarding school like ours.
HOW IS YOUR BOARDING SCHOOL ACCREDITED?
ANSWER: We are fully accredited through The Northwest Accreditation Commission, formerly the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools. They recently changed their name due to a copyright dispute.
The Northwest Accreditation Commission is one of the nation’s six acknowledged accreditation agencies. The geographic territory of the Association consists of the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, and other worldwide geographical areas designated from time to time by the Board of Trustees.
To look up our accreditation, you may do the following:
1. Follow this link to the Northwest Accreditation Commission/AdvancEd website. It will show you information on our accreditation through them.
IS YOUR BOARDING SCHOOL A LOCK-DOWN FACILITY?
ANSWER: No. Unlike institutions focused primarily on keeping young people away from society, we focus instead on education and life experiences. Our students participate in the community and with friends even outside of Fieldstone.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE LENGTH OF ENROLLMENT AT YOUR BOARDING SCHOOL?
ANSWER: The average length of enrollment is a nine-month school year. Some stay for multiple years, while others need only a few months of help before they can return home.
WHERE IS YOUR SCHOOL LOCATED?
ANSWER: Our school is located in the city of Richfield, Utah.
WILL I BE ALLOWED TO CONTACT MY CHILD WHILE HE IS AT BOARDING SCHOOL?
ANSWER: Yes. The simple fact is that you as a parent will have years of influence on your child while we will only have your child with us for a small amount of time. Our mission is to help your child with their educational needs, and without your involvement and support we have a much smaller chance for success.
WHO WILL KNOW THAT I HAVE CONTACTED YOU OR HAVE MY CHILD IN YOUR SCHOOL?
ANSWER: Your privacy is very important to us. All information either about you or your child will be kept confidential.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
ANSWER: Please feel free to contact us at any time by email or at 435-633-5326. Our helpful and friendly staff would be glad to answer your questions.
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?
ANSWER: 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 THERAPUTIC SCHOOLS, RTCs, WILDERNESS PROGRAMS?
ANSWER: 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.