Residential Life

Residential Life

Our program is only as good as our people, and we are proud of the men and women that work side by side with our students as residential mentors.

Our philosophy of change through relationships is evident in every aspect of residential living. Indeed, our staff are active participants in the therapeutic environment.

Discovery Academy has pioneered the use of communities – dividing students into small groups based on shared diagnoses, special interests, or traits that make it therapeutically advantageous.

Students live, work, and learn side by side with staff mentors and other members of their communities. These community groups may be as small as just the students in their dorm room, or as large as the entire student body. Academy communities function in the same manner a family would. Students learn who they are as individuals while they learn how they fit into the smaller and larger community around them.

In addition to supervising residential life, mentors participate with their students in therapeutic experiential activities. This creates a common bond. Shared experiences help students develop relationships and provide mentors with teaching opportunities in the course of daily living. It truly becomes a 24/7 therapeutic environment.

Life Changes Through Meaningful Relationships

Our student services coordinator works with each student to make certain they have appropriate clothing and hygiene items. In addition, the student services coordinator makes sure important events, such as birthdays, are acknowledged and celebrated at the Academy.

Our girls program is open to 32 girls. They are housed in our living and learning center. The boys program, with just 50 boys, is located in our original campus building. Students live in dorms with four students to a room.

The Academy offers cafeteria style dining. Boys and girls have alternating schedules for separate meal times. Helping with basic housekeeping responsibilities help students take pride in their community. Continuing the experiential model, students learn first hand the impact one person can have on a community. They develop pride in their surroundings and in themselves.

Daily cleaning responsibilities include wiping dining tables and sweeping floors, folding their personal laundry, vacuuming, wiping desks and returning chairs to order, cleaning and organizing their closets and sleeping area, and cleaning their bathroom.

A typical day’s schedule would include the following activities:

7:00 AM
8:00 – 9:00 AM
Breakfast & Clean-up
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PE, Individual, Family & Experiential Therapy
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Lunch / Free Time
1:00 – 1:30 PM
Girls Community Meeting
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Specialized Group Therapy
2:30 – 3:00 PM
Boys Community Meeting
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Study Hall
4:00 – 9:00 PM
School & Dinner
9:00 – 9:45 PM
Free Time
10:30 PM
Lights Out

For more information about residential life at Discovery Academy, fill out our assessment or contact our admissions department at 855-645-0484.