About Our Program
The Recovery School is one of the programs within
the alternative school structure in Springfield, collectively
known as Springfield Academy for Excellence. Springfield Academy for Excellence currently
includes 7 programs located at 6 different campuses in Springfield
and 1 at Holyoke Community College..
The Recovery School is a small highly structured
program for 30 to 50 students in recovery from alcohol or other
drug abuse or dependence. The mission of the Recovery School is
to provide a high quality academic experience in a safe, therapeutically
supportive school setting to high school students in recovery
from substance use disorders. Studies indicate that without intense
support, an extremely high percentage of teens in recovery relapse..
The goals of the program are to:
1) Recruit and retain a population of 30 to 50 students.
2) Offer the Massachusetts High School Curriculum Frameworks
in all domains.
3) Provide the opportunity for students to graduate from
the Recovery High School and enroll in college or a vocational
training school, enter the military or enter the work force. Students
may earn a high school diploma from the City of Springfield or
from their home school district.
4) Support students in maintaining their recovery.
The professional staff of the program
includes a program director who is a licensed principal as well
as a licensed psychologist; an assistant principal who supervises
the day to day operation of the program; 4 licensed content area
teachers (English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies); a
licensed social worker/school adjustment counselor; a licensed
guidance counselor; a Special Education teacher; and a .5 school
nurse. In addition to being licensed and trained in their professional
areas, all staff have additional experience and/or training in
substance abuse prevention or treatment.
The recovery support component
of the program is multifaceted. There are recovery support activities
built into the daily schedule. These recovery support activities
will be implemented by both Recovery School staff and also substance
abuse professionals from the community. Students are also expected
to participate in a recovery support program in the community.
Students who experience a relapse may be required to enter a treatment
program in order to continue enrollment in the Recovery School.
A School/Family/Community Advisory Board
meets monthly in order to assist in the development of policy
and procedures as well as to problem solve various issues that
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