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New Focus Academy is a Specialized School and Autism Support Program for students ages 12-18 with Autism Spectrum (ASD) and similar neurodevelopmental difficulties, including cognitive, organizational, and/or emotional challenges. Our campus is a beautiful, home-like environment with a low program capacity. At New Focus Academy, research-based and pragmatic solutions are utilized to develop independence and self-esteem in their students.

An overall relationship and brain-based approach is woven into individual, family, group, and recreation therapy. Academically, individualized education plans, vocational learning, and project-based opportunities are targeted for each student. There are only two (2) students per bedroom, access to private bathrooms, “sensory nooks” for student privacy, and plenty of space for students to learn and grow on our privately owned 5-acre campus.

Our team uses sophisticated brain-based techniques and coaching strategies to increase independence and self-esteem in students who have prominent struggles with social interaction, organization, and judgment; such as:

– Autism Spectrum Disorder
– Neurodevelopmental Disorders
– Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder
– Nonverbal Learning Deficits/Disabilities
– Attention disorders (e.g., ADHD)
– Learning Disorders & Cognitive Deficits
– Executive Functioning Deficits
– Low Working Memory &/or Processing Speed
– Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
– Controlled Psychosis & Mood Dysregulation

New Focus Academy also offers The Autonomy House, an independent living opportunity for students to transition into their own lives.

Life Focus Transitions is our young adult Autism Support Program, providing comprehensive support to individuals ages 18-22. Life Focus Transitions centers around supporting High School Graduation and practicing living in dedicated apartments while providing the necessary resources and growth opportunities for a successful, autonomous future.

– Autonomy & Life Skills: With the support of dedicated staff, young adults prepare for autonomous living while working on valuable life and vocational skills.
– High School Diploma: Young adults at Life Focus are supported by in-person, caring teachers who assist them in earning their high school diploma.
– Therapeutic Support: Our committed therapists specialize in helping neurodiverse individuals and are able to support them in their challenges as they transition into adulthood.

Ownership Type
Private Company – Owners On-Site

Name of Parent Company
N/A

Name of Sister Company
N/A

Type of Land
Privately Owned

Do your students receive insurance coverage for more than two weeks?
Call for more information

Do you have an insurance utilization person?
N/A

Is the program on any insurance panels?
No

Religious Affiliation?
No

Please specify the type of religious affiliation
N/A

Minimum Age of Participants
12

Maximum Age of Participants
18

Can program support 18-year-olds if they enroll before 18?
Yes

Program can accept students with I-20 Visa?
No

Average Length of Stay (months)
12

Maximum Enrollment
36

Location of Program
Suburban

Dorm/Housing
Doubles

How does the program prevent students from leaving (running) from the program
Staff Secured

Does the program have more than one location for this particular program?
No

Family Involvement
HIGH: Family Expected on weekly calls (or more) & to attend all family workshops (weekly , monthly or quarterly)

Percentage of Aid to Adoptive Family Students
0

Percentage of Court Ordered Students
0

Percentage of Private Pay Students
0

Percentage of School Funded Students
0

Percentage of State Funded Students
0

Housing
N/A

Community Service Requirement
N/A

Random Drug Testing
N/A

Transportation Options
N/A

Support Services
N/A

House/Community Meetings
N/A

Are participants required to do chores in the house/community?
N/A

12 Step Meetings on Location
N/A

Type of Students
N/A

Types of Workshops Offered
N/A

Accommodations
N/A

Use of Personal Vehicle
N/A

Use of Electronics
N/A

Location of Workshop
N/A

Average Length of Workshop
N/A

Professional Associations/Affiliations
N/A

State and/or National
State License

Academic Accreditation
AdvancED (formally Northwest Association of Schools)
Other

Is there individual therapy?
Yes

Number of individual therapy hours student receives on a difficult week?
3

Number of individual therapy hours student receives on typical week?
2

Percentage of licensed therapists?
All therapists are licensed by the state of operation

Therapist average case load
4

Percentage of full time therapists who have a private practice outside a program?
Not Applicable

Does the Clinical Director carry a case load?
No

Is there group therapy?
Yes

Average number of hours per week facilitated by licensed therapist
8

Average number of hours per week of group processing? (i.e. run by staff, interns, grad students, etc.)
14

Average number of formal family therapy hours per week (not social calls to teen)
1

Is Skype accessible for family therapy?
Yes

Are there Additional Professionals? (Select all that apply)
N/A

Are there Medical rule outs
Yes

Possible Medical Rule Outs
N/A

Is there a minimum BMI
No

Can Program accept insulin-dependent diabetics
Yes

Psychiatrist
N/A

Percentage of students on meds at enrollment
> 50%

If psychiatrist is available to students, what percentage of students change meds?
N/A

Types of Therapy Offered
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Animal-Assisted Therapy
Art Therapy(with certified art therapists)
Behavior Modification
Canine Therapy
Child Trauma Academy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Expressive Art Therapy
Mealtime Support Therapy
Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Neuro Feedback
Occupational Therapy
Psycho educational
Recreation Therapy
Social Thinking model
Telephone Therapy
Other

Does the program have a level/phase system?
No

If yes, are phases/levels tied to privileges?
No

Does program have a milieu-driven residential model? (Staff are trained in model)
Yes

If yes — select all that apply
Behavior Tech Trained Staff and Therapists
Client Centered/Person Centered Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Family Teaching Model
Positive Peer Culture
Other

Integrated Wellness
Art
Breathing Techniques/Breath Work
Meditation
Other

Does program use time out rooms?
No

Line staff to student ratio during awake hours
1:4

Does program run background checks on all staff?
Yes

Is there an educational requirement for staff?
Yes

If Yes, what is it?
High School Diploma

Average number of hours staff are trained before their first shift
60

Are night staff awake or asleep
Awake

What percentage of the line staff are full time employees?
> 50%

Grades Served
K-12

Average student to teacher ratio
1:8

Teaching/Classroom
Traditional teacher-led class
Teachers support blended learning
Packets with teacher support
Other

Is the program able to implement IEP’s
Yes

Can Program handle a student who is more than two grade level’s behind in reading?
Yes

Academic Calendar
Year Round School (either quarters, trimester, semesters)

Can program support a student to complete a GED?
Yes

Can program support a student who wants vocational training?
Yes

Does the school have AP Classes or the ability to give or take a student to the AP Test?
Not Applicable

Does the academic program have the ability to provide ACT or SAT Tutoring (on or off site)?
N/A

Does program have transition services for students?
Yes

If Yes, select all options that apply to your program
Additional Therapist To Work With Student Or Family As Transition
Transition House Associated With Program
Formal Transition To Another Therapist
Individual Therapist Goes Home With Student To Facilitate
Family Or Student Coaching Support For Certain Amount
Support Family And Participant Until 18 Years

Are there additional fees that apply to transitional options?
Call for more information

Percentage of families that participate in various transition programming?
Call for more Information

Scheduled or rolling admissions?
N/A

Is there an enrollment fee/outfitting fee/payment in advance?
N/A

If applicable, is the last month’s fees due at enrollment?
N/A

Cost per month/workshop/programming (in USD)
14550

Percentage of clients who return home, or to a more traditional setting (like transitions to college or gap year, boarding school, etc.)
> 50%

Does a student have to sign themself into the program?
No

Link to Weekly or Daily Schedule
http://newfocusacademy.com/typical-week/

For licensed programs, but state or under 18, please select Incidents required to be reported to the state:
Other

What is the typical amount of time a family should expect before hearing about an major incident?
1

What is the average number of clients you see per year?
16

Professional Associations/Affiliations
National Association of Therapeutic Schools & Programs (Professional Member)
Other

Payment Type
N/A

Has the program previously been part of an evidence-based study?
No

Is the program presently part of an evidence-based study?
No

Link to the study that the organization is part of
N/A

Type of Family Therapy/Work Offered
N/A

Family involvement
N/A

Who completes the psychological evaluation?
N/A

Minimum length of stay
N/A

Does the student receive a neuropsychological evaluation?
N/A

Type Of Programming For Students
Academic & life skill Focus
Academic focus
Academic, functional living skills, life skills and social skills focused
Clinically-driven programming (addresses individual life, living, social and academic needs)

Typical Student
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Clinically Complex (possible behavior, genetic, students “who are puzzles”)
Development Delay
Genetic Disorders
Intellectual Disabilities
Mood Deregulation &/or Anxiety
Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (NLD)
Pervasive Developmental Disabilities (PDD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Speech & Language Disorders
Other

Minimum IQ
75

Interview Requirements for Applicants
Day Visit
No Required Interview in Person
Call for More Information
Other

Additional Therapy
Speech and Language Therapy

Therapist Case Load at Peak Season
N/A

Percentage of licensed therapists?
N/A

Average number of days/week therapist is in the field
N/A

Number of Individual Sessions with Therapist
N/A

Integrated Wellness Support
N/A

Do clinical assistants work with lead therapists?
N/A

Percentage of full time therapists who have a private practice outside of wilderness?
N/A

Do any of the therapists operate more than one group at peak season?
N/A

What percentage of participants receive psychological evaluations?
N/A

Does program receive a fee for evaluation or referral?
N/A

Additional levels of care offered by facility
N/A

Types of eating disorder care provided
N/A

Specialized Programming
N/A

Is program focused on full recovery?
N/A

Computer Access
N/A

Cell Phones
N/A

Academic Options
N/A

School Name (if applicable)
N/A

School Website (if applicable)
N/A

Ownership Type
N/A

Name of Parent Company
N/A

Name of Sister Company
N/A

Type of Land
N/A

Do your students receive insurance coverage for more than two weeks?
N/A

Do you have an insurance utilization person?
N/A

Is the program on any insurance panels?
N/A

Religious Affiliation?
No

Please specify the type of religious affiliation
N/A

Minimum Age of Participants
18

Maximum Age of Participants
22

Can program support 18-year-olds if they enroll before 18?
Call For More Information

Program can accept students with I-20 Visa?
N/A

Average Length of Stay (months)
N/A

Maximum Enrollment
N/A

Location of Program
N/A

Dorm/Housing
N/A

How does the program prevent students from leaving (running) from the program
N/A

Does the program have more than one location for this particular program?
N/A

Family Involvement
N/A

Percentage of Aid to Adoptive Family Students
N/A

Percentage of Court Ordered Students
N/A

Percentage of Private Pay Students
N/A

Percentage of School Funded Students
N/A

Percentage of State Funded Students
N/A

Housing
N/A

Community Service Requirement
N/A

Random Drug Testing
N/A

Transportation Options
N/A

Support Services
N/A

House/Community Meetings
N/A

Are participants required to do chores in the house/community?
N/A

12 Step Meetings on Location
N/A

Type of Students
N/A

Types of Workshops Offered
N/A

Accommodations
N/A

Use of Personal Vehicle
N/A

Use of Electronics
N/A

Location of Workshop
N/A

Average Length of Workshop
N/A

Professional Associations/Affiliations
N/A

State and/or National
N/A

Academic Accreditation
N/A

Is there individual therapy?
N/A

Number of individual therapy hours student receives on a difficult week?
N/A

Number of individual therapy hours student receives on typical week?
N/A

Percentage of licensed therapists?
N/A

Therapist average case load
N/A

Percentage of full time therapists who have a private practice outside a program?
N/A

Does the Clinical Director carry a case load?
N/A

Is there group therapy?
N/A

Average number of hours per week facilitated by licensed therapist
N/A

Average number of hours per week of group processing? (i.e. run by staff, interns, grad students, etc.)
N/A

Average number of formal family therapy hours per week (not social calls to teen)
N/A

Is Skype accessible for family therapy?
N/A

Are there Additional Professionals? (Select all that apply)
N/A

Are there Medical rule outs
N/A

Possible Medical Rule Outs
N/A

Is there a minimum BMI
N/A

Can Program accept insulin-dependent diabetics
N/A

Psychiatrist
N/A

Percentage of students on meds at enrollment
N/A

If psychiatrist is available to students, what percentage of students change meds?
N/A

Types of Therapy Offered
N/A

Does the program have a level/phase system?
N/A

If yes, are phases/levels tied to privileges?
N/A

Does program have a milieu-driven residential model? (Staff are trained in model)
N/A

If yes — select all that apply
N/A

Integrated Wellness
N/A

Does program use time out rooms?
N/A

Line staff to student ratio during awake hours
N/A

Does program run background checks on all staff?
N/A

Is there an educational requirement for staff?
N/A

If Yes, what is it?
N/A

Average number of hours staff are trained before their first shift
N/A

Are night staff awake or asleep
N/A

What percentage of the line staff are full time employees?
N/A

Grades Served
K-12
Call for more information

Average student to teacher ratio
N/A

Teaching/Classroom
N/A

Is the program able to implement IEP’s
N/A

Can Program handle a student who is more than two grade level’s behind in reading?
N/A

Academic Calendar
N/A

Can program support a student to complete a GED?
Yes

Can program support a student who wants vocational training?
N/A

Does the school have AP Classes or the ability to give or take a student to the AP Test?
N/A

Does the academic program have the ability to provide ACT or SAT Tutoring (on or off site)?
N/A

Does program have transition services for students?
N/A

If Yes, select all options that apply to your program
N/A

Are there additional fees that apply to transitional options?
N/A

Percentage of families that participate in various transition programming?
N/A

Scheduled or rolling admissions?
N/A

Is there an enrollment fee/outfitting fee/payment in advance?
N/A

If applicable, is the last month’s fees due at enrollment?
N/A

Cost per month/workshop/programming (in USD)
N/A

Percentage of clients who return home, or to a more traditional setting (like transitions to college or gap year, boarding school, etc.)
N/A

Does a student have to sign themself into the program?
N/A

Link to Weekly or Daily Schedule
N/A

For licensed programs, but state or under 18, please select Incidents required to be reported to the state:
N/A

What is the typical amount of time a family should expect before hearing about an major incident?
N/A

What is the average number of clients you see per year?
N/A

Professional Associations/Affiliations
N/A

Payment Type
N/A

Has the program previously been part of an evidence-based study?
N/A

Is the program presently part of an evidence-based study?
N/A

Link to the study that the organization is part of
N/A

Type of Family Therapy/Work Offered
N/A

Family involvement
N/A

Who completes the psychological evaluation?
N/A

Minimum length of stay
N/A

Does the student receive a neuropsychological evaluation?
N/A

Type Of Programming For Students
N/A

Typical Student
N/A

Minimum IQ
N/A

Interview Requirements for Applicants
N/A

Additional Therapy
N/A

Therapist Case Load at Peak Season
N/A

Percentage of licensed therapists?
N/A

Average number of days/week therapist is in the field
N/A

Number of Individual Sessions with Therapist
N/A

Integrated Wellness Support
N/A

Do clinical assistants work with lead therapists?
N/A

Percentage of full time therapists who have a private practice outside of wilderness?
N/A

Do any of the therapists operate more than one group at peak season?
N/A

What percentage of participants receive psychological evaluations?
N/A

Does program receive a fee for evaluation or referral?
N/A

Additional levels of care offered by facility
N/A

Types of eating disorder care provided
N/A

Specialized Programming
N/A

Is program focused on full recovery?
N/A

Computer Access
N/A

Cell Phones
N/A

Academic Options
Finish high school blended learning

School Name (if applicable)
N/A

School Website (if applicable)
N/A