Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness

Blue Ridge`s licensed wilderness treatment program provides sophisticated clinical treatment in an immersive nomadic wilderness model.
Foundational transformation for families occurs through utilizing individualized clinical treatment, together with intensive family-focused support, and whole-body health and wellness.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.AdvancED
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded2002
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students40 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers2 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio20:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling

School Notes

  • Founded in 2002, Blue Ridge provides the most eective clinically integrated wilderness therapy experience for struggling adolescents, ages 13-18 and young adults, ages 18-30. Located in the North Georgia and Western North Carolina mountains, Blue Ridge`s licensed treatment program provides sophisticated clinical treatment in an immersive nomadic wilderness model. Foundational transformation for families occurs through utilizing individualized clinical treatment, together with intensive family-focused support, and whole-body health and wellness. Each therapist individualizes the wilderness therapy experience while Field Instructors integrate clinical recommendations into daily initiatives to establish positive group culture and opportunities for growth. Family Therapists address the family dynamics and improve communication between parents, siblings, and children throughout the process. A focus on whole-body health incorporates mindfulness practice into daily life, as well as intentional physical exercise, balanced nutrition and a whole foods diet. Highly individualized treatment plans include multidisciplinary assessment provided by licensed clinicians and clinical psychologist, individual and group therapy, and access to a consulting psychiatrist. All students have access to accredited, program integrated academics. Blue Ridge provides teens with a chance to heal and change within the wilderness, while simultaneously providing families with their own resources, growth work, experience, and community, in addition to assessment-driven treatment both in the eld and at home.

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Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school, elementary school and preschool to Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is Rabun-Gap Nacoochee School (3.9 miles away)
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  • Rabun Gap
    Grades: PK-12 | 642 students
    3.9 miles
    339 Nacoochee Drive
    Rabun Gap, GA 30568
    (706) 746-7720
    3.9 PK-12
  • Tallulah Falls
    Tallulah Falls School
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    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: 5-12 | 529 students
    10.9 miles
    201 Campus Drive, PO Box 10
    Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
    (706) 754-0400
    10.9 5-12
  • Mountain Rest
    Grades: 6-9 | 20 students
    11.8 miles
    186 Brians Lake Rd
    Mountain Rest, SC 29664
    (864) 638-6005
    11.8 6-9
  • Westminster
    Cherokee Creek Boys School
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    All-boys  | Alternative School
    Grades: 5-10 | 26 students
    17.3 miles
    198 Cooper Road
    Westminster, SC 29693
    (864) 647-1885
    17.3 5-10
  • Franklin
    Grades: PK-8 | 69 students
    18.4 miles
    98 Promise Ln
    Franklin, NC 28734
    (828) 369-6756
    18.4 PK-8

School Reviews

If you're a wilderness environmentalist type, love hiking and to an extent community building person, then you'll love it. Otherwise it may be an overwhelming experience. I had to control my emotions as well as of those I was responsible for. Students could be unpredictable and spontaneous, but hey, it's the basic nature of our JD. Pay is good and seems reasonable with the tasks associated. Management is supportive throughout but yes it could be hard sometimes due to changing scenarios. If you're good at talking and understanding people, you may cherish this wilderness isolation for a long time. Job becomes tough sometime, but the pay is good. If you like outdoors and enjoy doing fieldwork, then you'll love Blue Ridge. Wilderness therapy programs tend to blend your extrovert side with the introvert aspects of the students. There is a reason their parents have chosen wilderness therapy as a "possible" form for bringing their beloved child back to "normalcy". The administration is supportive but has some challenges ready for you depending upon the cases you'll be assigned. Patience is the key to finding that right moment to engage with these troubled individuals. Anyway, I'll definitely recommend Blue Ridge therapeutic wilderness folks as a decent job provides. Thank you.
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