Enrolling in a residential treatment center like Elevations RTC means that teenagers have more than just academic troubles that are holding them back. However, kids of a certain age need to keep up with their studies and work towards a bright academic future over time.
Elevations understands that a student needs to leave the program in better shape than when they entered. That comes from all different angles, with academics being a huge focus.
What steps does Elevations RTC take to give teenagers every opportunity to succeed in the classroom? After spending time refining the curriculum and setting up a great learning environment, parents can feel at ease sending their child away. They receive not only academic support but mental, physical, and social support that all lead to better grades and higher test scores.
Traditional school environment
It is easier (and usually cheaper) for most residential treatment centers to go with a more modern learning approach. This ends up forcing teenagers to go through self-directed, online courses with a lack of a hands-on approach from a present teacher. Elevations believes that students need better than that when they are dealing with issues.
Setting up a traditional school environment helps not only academically but also from the social side of things. Students get a chance to interact with others throughout the day, work on group projects, and feed off each other’s energy in the classroom.
Many residential treatment centers try to keep classrooms to one gender, but Elevations RTC’s classes are mix of everyone on campus. This creates an environment that feels normal with a few minor tweaks tends to be the most comfortable setting for students. Even the hours of the school day are similar, with structured extracurricular activities as well.
A staff that can handle anything
The teaching staff at Elevations RTC is small, as there is only a handful of licensed teachers for students to interact with. This works as a positive for students, allowing them to create personal relationships with them from the early stages.
Teachers can quickly understand what works for each student and what does not. By keeping classroom sizes small, adaptability is much easier. There is a set curriculum similar to a traditional school, but it can be altered in some way to keep everyone engaged.
Everyone on staff has their specialty subjects, meaning that students will get the best education possible with variety instead of teachers trying to handle everything at once. This also gives students more voices to listen to throughout the day instead of possibly losing interest with the same teacher for every subject.
The school curriculum at Elevations RTC carries full accreditation with the Utah Department of Education, the California Department of Education, and the Northwest Accreditation Commission/Cognia. Occasionally, families do not realize until after the fact that some residential treatment centers do not take the time to get proper accreditation. This can make it very tricky to return home and could set the child back in the classroom. This tends to happen when facilities focus more on the rehabilitation and improvement aspect of a residential treatment center, and not the academics.
The goal with each student is to do more than keep students on track academically. With smaller classroom sizes and a renewed focus, getting ahead is not out of the question with some students. This helps with test scores for college or in transitioning back home. If a teenager feels like they are not constantly trying to play catch-up in the classroom once home, they can ease back into everything and excel right away.
Support outside of the classroom
Living on campus poses challenges for teenagers from time to time, but Elevations offers plenty of support outside of the classroom to get through the rough patches. The campus creates a great social setting for students to be around peers and create friendships that often last beyond their campus time. Having many students experiencing a lot of the same things for the first time means that they can lean on each other to help out. It is much different for those first arriving on campus. That means it takes some time to find a bit of a routine and settle in at Elevations.
For mental or emotional support, an entire department keeps an eye on each student to ensure they are on their best path. Teenager evaluations happen regularly, and they have the opportunity to reach out to a staff member at any time if they need help.
The campus is big enough for teenagers to not feel trapped, but it provides a controlled environment that is perfect for getting on the right track. Academically, it is one of the best settings for teenagers who have struggled in the past and want to be more focused.
Finally, family members receive support from Elevations as well. Despite some families living thousands and thousands of miles away, they can stay involved with everything involving their child in several ways. Every teacher is available to talk with to go over individual progression, and there is even a weekly meet up for families online. This is a roundtable type of discussion for any parents who might have questions or concerns.
All in all, support for teenagers at Elevations RTC makes a huge difference in academic progress. When children see success firsthand, it can change the trajectory of a life. The right residential treatment center has that type of impact.