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Notes for Prospective Students
All young people deserve an educational experience that leads
them to an exceptional life.
Allynwood Academy builds on the35-year tradition of The
FamilyFoundation School in helpingadolescents and their families
findrecovery and restoration.
Our legacybegan with parents who
sought helpand healing for their own troubledrelationship and
family throughthe 12-step program and who thenopened their hearts
and home to otheryoung people, ultimately foundingthe school.
advancement ofthis mission is now the passion andlife’s work
of their adult children.Remaining a family-run school isthe
exception in the ever-changingcorporate therapeutic boardingschool
industry, but Allynwoodcarries forward the vision of
ourfounders—a family helping otherfamilies.
It is both a
calling andan honor to share our experience,strength and hope with
your childand your family.
At Allynwood, students join acommunity committed to learning about
oneself, others and the world.
Our motto, “Sapere Aude”
(dare tobe wise), invokes our emphasis on wisdom, literature and
our belief that education provides a distinct mode for personal
Allynwood provides a college preparatory curriculum
that each year successfully places our graduates in a wide range of
colleges and universities across the country.
Allynwood offers our students opportunities to experience the
challenges and freedoms of college learning while at the same
time receiving academic and therapeutic support.
Students can take
college courses on our campus and, when ready, can commute to the
local community college and earn college credits while still in
Allynwood will also help students thathave fallen
behind their graduation cohort to acquire the academic help they
need to catch up and prepare for the transition to college.Efficacy
in learning emerges when ourstudents are rationally, emotionallyand
physically engaged and whentheir personal interests are
Therefore, we monitorand measure
individual progressclosely and intervene in real time whenneeded.
Our teachers have extensiveexperience addressing different learning
styles as well as significant learning, emotional and
behavioralchallenges in the classroom.
Our year-round program and
our many academic supports make us ideally suited to uncover and
address gaps in learning and to provide opportunities for
Allynwood provides exceptional opportunities for students in the
visual arts of drawing, painting, printmaking and photography; in
the digital arts of design, audio recording, photo editing and
filmmaking; and in the performing arts in music, dance and drama.
Each year at Allynwood two main stage dramatic performances are
Our award-winning choir has been invited to sing at
world-renowned venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in
New York City.
Our arts students have likewise been recognized in
national competitions.Our students are provided with individualized
studio mentoring to create the art portfolios and prepare for the
performance auditions needed to gain entry into esteemed art,drama,
dance and music programs at the collegiate level.
students have the authentic high school experience of publishing an
on-line student newspaper, magazine and award-winning
Many Allynwood students have gone on to pursue college
majors and careers in communications.
At Allynwood, students can participate in varsity level sportssuch
as soccer, basketball, crosscountry, golf andbaseball.
competes in Class D, Section IX in New York State high school
athletics as part of the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic
Someteams are exclusively comprised of
Allynwood students, while others are in combination with the local
high school, providing a unique opportunity to be integrated
withlocal high school students.
Allynwood Canine Human Attunement Training and Therapy (CHAT)
Research has demonstrated that early relational trauma (i.e.,
issues with attachment) is at the root of many of the diagnoses and
strugglesour students experience, including anxiety, depression,
school avoidance, gravitation toward negative peer groups/behavior,
difficulty with authority and addiction—especially for
students resistant to traditional dyadic therapeutic work.
thehuman-canine bond, Allynwood’s unique curriculum for dog
trainers and animal assisted therapy program helps these students
develop the irrelational capacity, both in therapeutic context and
in their peer and adult relationships.
The Canine Human Attunement
Training and Therapy program (CHAT) at Allynwood isboth a high
school major in canine training and an animal assisted therapeutic
It exemplifiesthe Allynwood conviction that a
meaningful and interesting education can provide a transformative
Therapeutic support is available to allstudents at Allynwood
depending on their individual needs.
provide counseling with specific experience in adolescentissues and
Various therapeutic methods are used asdirected
by each student’s individual service plan and diagnoses,
including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior
Allynwood's Bridge college transition program:
The Bridge program is a recovery basedcollege transition program
for young adults ages 17–20.
It provides individualized
support for students transitioning from a therapeutic setting who
need academic ,therapeutic and/or recovery support as they begin
their college experience.The Bridge is appropriate for students who
have experienced difficulty completing high school or getting into
college or those who have been discharged or dropped out of college
and wish to have a second start.
Bridge students live in premier
college student housing in Binghamton,N.Y.
and are enrolled in the
local community college, SUNY Delhi or Binghamton University.
are learning to live independently and manage the challenges of
college life while receiving individualized academic, therapeutic,
case management and recovery support.