Full-Time Residential Treatment Center and Day School Programs

“This is one of the best Residential Treatment Center programs reviewed. The maturity and knowledge demonstrated by the staff in dealing with the children is tremendous.”

– Council of Accreditation, Final Report 2015

The O-School offers two options for elementary, middle and high school aged students: a full-time, live-in residential treatment center, and a school-day only Therapeutic Day Program. All O-School students attend regular, accredited classes while receiving a range of therapeutic and support services.

For college-bound young adults, the new Brooke Whitted Center provides a balance of independent and supervised living.

The Residential Program

program_girlResidential Program students live at the O-School 24/7 and experience a typical school day, with supervised after-school homework, social and play periods. They reside in a nurturing, family-like setting that is both educational and therapeutic.

Consistency of routine fosters safety and trust, making the dorms a safe, comfortable place for students to calm down, reflect and refocus. With support, students are given the space and time to practice skills of self-regulation as well as mastering age-appropriate life skills, such as laundry, personal hygiene, time-management, and the organization of their personal space.

Above all, the dorms are a social place that offers endless opportunities to safely rework and correct relational interactions. Opportunities for enjoyment and peer interactions are supported by the residential team who coach students through forming and maintaining healthy relationships.

The Residential Program’s goals include increasing personal autonomy, solidifying a healthy and authentic identity, and preparing each student for a successful reintegration into family life.

Living Options within the Residential Program

The O-School has three housing options within its residential program:

Dormitories – Most residential students begin living in one of the four dormitories, grouped by age and gender identity to facilitate programming that is age and developmentally appropriate. Living in an open dorm encourages the students to socialize and become a source of support for each other. It also allows the counselors to actively engage with the students, fostering support and safety for everyone. At night, there is always one counselor who is awake and present in each dorm in case anyone needs assistance.

Individual Rooms –Connected to each dorm is an independent room. Typically, these rooms are assigned to a student preparing to transition home or to independence outside of the school. Sometimes these rooms are used for a student who needs a less stimulating environment and, on occasion, for some of our transgender students as they take steps in their social transition of their gender identity and expression.

program_tlc Transitional Living Center (TLC) –Located in a separate living area from the dormitories, the TLC houses students who are at least 16 years old, have not graduated from high school, and are preparing to leave the O-School to transition back home to high school or on to college. Similar to many college suites, the TLC rooms house two students and are organized around a common living area. A major focus for TLC students is independent living skills and transitional topics, such as medication management, budgeting skills, personal safety, and time management.

The Therapeutic Day Program

For parents and students who may not need an intensive residential program, the O-School offers a Therapeutic Day Program for daytime-only school attendance.

Students attend the O-School as they would any regular daytime school and receive similar therapeutic support services and individualized attention. Day school students are fully involved in all aspects of the School’s culture.

A team of skilled Day School Case Managers help provide consistency between life at school and life at home for each Therapeutic Day student, enabling both school and home life to be fully supported.

The Therapeutic Day program can also act as a key part of the O-School’s continuum of care, as many families benefit from this option after participating in the Residential Program.

To learn more about the O-School’s Residential or Therapeutic Day programs, please contact:

Kristin Friesen, LCSW, Admissions Coordinator
Phone: 773-420-2891
Email: kfriesen@oschool.org
The Brooke Whitted Center

To address a gap in services and complete the continuum of care for college-bound emerging adults with mental health challenges, the O-School opened the Brooke Whitted Center (BWC) in 2016.

To learn more about this new program and how it could support your young adult successfully transition to college after graduating from high school, visit the BWC’s website at www.bw-center.org.