All Kinds of News for August 08, 2018
During the 2017-2018 academic year. Solstice East Timbersong Academy students have achieved tremendous successes, with accomplishments ranging from college acceptance to the completion of challenging coursework. The Timbersong Academy Flat Creek campus celebrated the graduation of 14 students at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Of those 14, 7 went through the college application process and all 7 were accepted at their first choice school (as well as getting accepted to many other schools). These schools include Temple University, University of Vermont, University of Kentucky, Agnes Scott, and Warren Wilson.
Academic Director Ryn Blecke comments on the enjoyable and engaging learning experience that student’s got to take part in during the school year: “Our experiential week was pretty cool, and the students really enjoyed all of the exciting opportunities. We explored the theme of water across the curriculum, in all subject areas, culminating in a week-long, project-based learning experience. Students went off campus for water sampling, a hydro-engineering experiment, and river clean up and then participated in on-campus workshops including poetry and the history of white water paddling in Western North Carolina.”
Timbersong Academy emphasizes the value of experiential and hands-on learning. Students get the opportunity to not only learn material, but to put it into action. “In our Civics course students have participated in Mock Trial simulations as well as a mock election where they presented themselves as candidates, preparing issue statements and speeches, and speaking before the student body in an all-school assembly,” says Blecke. “In science they have participated in Escape Room labs, as well as dissection and soil analysis labs.”
Additionally, students are assigned various books to read throughout the school year. This exposes them to many different genres and encourages them to explore a variety of works to soak up all the knowledge that they can. Examples of some of the works students have read in their English courses include: Animal Farm (Orwell), Julius Caesar, (Shakespeare), and Death of a Salesman (Miller), as well as other books, plays, and poems.
The educational experience at Solstice East is enriching and rewarding as students’ find their passions, develop their skills, and seek a lifetime of success.
About Solstice East
Solstice East is a residential treatment center for adolescents ages 14-18 located just outside of Asheville, NC. Solstice East has helped hundreds of students and their families with issues ranging from depression and anxiety to trauma and behavioral problems. Solstice East is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and academically accredited by AdvancED and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Additionally, Solstice East is licensed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.