All Kinds of News for August 09, 2017
Daniel is eighteen and graduating from Boulder Creek Academy. He’s confident. He’s got a dream. He’s on his way to living his life as a young adult. Daniel’s mother, Elizabeth feels as if she’s “part of a miracle”.
Elizabeth explained, “Before Daniel came to Boulder Creek Academy, I never would have believed he could be doing what he’s doing today. I think back and remember how scared I was to send him so far away to school. Would he adjust? Would he be picked on? Would he be safe? Would I lose touch with him? After three high schools and two wilderness programs, could I really hope he’d be able to turn his self-destructive life around?”
At the time, Elizabeth felt she was facing a choice that could literally mean the difference between Daniel surviving or meeting a disastrous end. “I just knew that getting him away from all the confusion and the bad stuff in the city had to happen.”
Elizabeth was looking for a specific place: small, cozy, and individualized. It had to be away from the city - the drugs, and the phones, and the internet, and the horrible people who seemed bent on showing Daniel everything but the right choices to make. Her educational consultant recommended Boulder Creek Academy.
Elizabeth and Daniel made the trip from the Bay Area to North Idaho with guarded expectations.
“We were from the city and it was slightly unnerving to be driving in a more remote and rural area. Then we drove into the wondrous, unbelievable beauty of their campus. I knew that it was the perfect setting — away from the bullies and the distractions — the best place I could imagine for Daniel to get in touch with himself."
Elizabeth got to know the Boulder Creek people, their philosophy, and how it all fit with the school’s curriculum.
“I loved the staff. They were so caring, and they had the experience, the expertise and that special something it takes to work with kids like Daniel.
It was clear to me that my son’s need to improve and manage his social skills actually trumped academics. Boulder Creek’s emphasis and expertise in both those areas were important to making our decision, and as it turned out, the best thing that ever happened to Daniel.”
While at Boulder Creek Academy, Daniel spent his time gaining confidence and experiencing the joy of accomplishment. He especially loved working with animals and building things. He had a job with the Plant Operations team, gaining a reputation as a talented handyman. He thrived on working and playing in North Idaho’s spectacular outdoors.
“Here was my son who didn’t think he could do anything, and now he knows he’s got talent and skills. Having this sense of accomplishment was a huge thing for Daniel and being away from our urban area allowed him to focus on that.”
Elizabeth stayed engaged and in close contact with Daniel, his teachers, therapist, and support staff.
“The staff at Boulder Creek brought home to me the differences in the way Daniel sees things. He will always face some challenges socially; it’s who he is, but he has gained the tools to deal with it. And I have learned how to communicate with him about that, and understand what he’s going through. Now I better understand how to support him. Daniel arrived at Boulder Academy with a sense of entitlement, totally self-absorbed and not really knowing what was going on around him. He’s a different kid today. He has a great work ethic. And he has a dream to pursue,” explained Daniel’s mother.
After graduation, Daniel will pursue his dream when he attends the Northwest Railroad Institute in Vancouver, Washington.
“It seems like half a lifetime ago that my son was flunking out of school and depressed. Now he is a confident young man with high self-esteem who has made me proud. Boulder Creek was a Godsend for our family.”
Boulder Creek Academy has spent more than two-decades focused on meeting the unique needs of adolescents ages 13 to 18 that have experienced school failure and feel socially disconnected. Typical student challenges include unevenly developed cognitive skills, ability to self-regulate, social difficulties, executive function issues, depression, and anxiety. Students are also bright, creative, and compassionate young people.
To help students achieve to their full potential, Boulder Creek Academy offers a carefully designed blend of academics, therapy, plus adventure and leadership opportunities. Students benefit from: a college preparatory academic curriculum; personalized learning plans; special education support; individual, group, family, recreation and equine assisted therapy; milieu counseling; character development; adventure education; plus our horticulture and therapeutic canine program.
Each day at Boulder Creek Academy is purposefully designed to maximize experiences that allow students to practice social skills, exhibit leadership qualities, benefit from therapeutic learning and have fun. Students also enjoy purposeful breaks and programming designed specifically for single-gender experiences.
Boulder Creek Academy’s campus is situated on 180 acres at the base of the spectacular Cabinet Mountains in Northern Idaho.
About Boulder Creek Academy For 24 years, Boulder Creek Academy has focused on meeting the unique needs of adolescents, ages 13 to 18, whose needs are not being met in a traditional school setting. At Boulder Creek Academy students rediscover their academic and social confidence. The key to our success is that we reignite our students’ belief in themselves by utilizing time-tested and proven methods. Students begin to experience academic achievement, regain self-esteem, learn to embrace their uniqueness and become capable learners who are confident in themselves. The campus is situated on 180-acres at the base of the Cabinet Mountains in northern Idaho. Students are accepted for enrollment year-round.