Comments from O-School Students
I still struggled, but I came out the other side as a better, braver person. I couldn’t be happier. I’m learning to like myself. Something I never even dared dream of in case I failed. I want to thank you all because you believed in me. You saw past the shell of a person I was and saw who I could become. Even through my lowest points, you pushed me to become the person you all knew I could be. I know I didn’t leave the O-School alone. Each of you were with me.
Thank you for giving me a second chance at life.”
Comments from O-School Families
From the beginning, the O-School made us feel we were not alone and supported our family goal of educating and treating our son, as well as helping us change our family dynamic. Everyone from administrators, therapists and teachers, truly put children in the fore of all decisions made. We saw kindness, competence and compassion when dealing with everyone in the organization. Our son was challenged academically by caring teachers and supported by expert therapists on a daily basis.
The experience at the O-School has given our son the confidence and tools to grow and flourish as he begins the next chapter in his life.”
You were there as we knelt and cried, eager to offer hugs and Kleenex as we patiently learned. In the rawness of our souls, we were challenged to search deep for ways to grow and change. In a world of convenience, we wanted a quick result. You encouraged us to be patient and held our hands during the journey. Daily you poured unconditional love into our child, teaching, training, guiding, mentoring.
We leave today with what you taught us pointing us in a direction for continued healing. Our family will be forever indebted to you for your knowledge, your compassion, and mostly, for your love that you generously shared.”
To say that the O School has changed our lives would be an understatement. We will forever be grateful.”
As a parent, what stands out the most is the quality and quantity of communications. Throughout the school year, I received constant communications from therapeutic, psychiatric and educational staff. On top of this, the School provides opportunities for the entire family unit to be involved. Siblings are frequently invited to extra-curricular activities allowing the entire family to grow together.
I am deeply grateful and forever thankful to the staff at the O-School.”
For us, the O-School knit together therapeutic intervention with necessary, practical, everyday routine. I’m grateful for the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, the two-day boot camp. No theoretical, fluffy psychobabble here. This was all practical, useful, IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT strategies for de-escalating a crisis. We still refer to the workbooks. In the end, we love this community and hate to leave, but feel prepared for the next chapter.”
Comments from O-School Staff
Comments from Professionals
The strong school leadership and staff support are paramount in creating a culture of felt safety and empowerment for an at-risk student population to benefit from the learning environment.”