The on-grounds school at the Lodge is integrated into the overall therapeutic experience. The opportunity for each student to regularly experience and build upon their successes forms the basis of the Lodge academic program.
Classroom groupings are determined with the students´ age, educational needs, and emotional level in mind. The Lodge school strives to maintain a student to teacher ratio of 8:1 or less.
Varied teaching approaches, including 1:1 remediation of skills and team teaching are utilized to best serve students´ individual needs, as well as to foster a pro-social and developmentally supportive classroom climate and group dynamic.
Our school is well equipped with standard curricula in all content areas, as well as Computer, Science and Music Labs. We also have classrooms dedicated to Art and Shop.
Colorado Department of Education licensed teachers provide instruction in the core content areas such as Physical Education, Science, Shop, Art and Music rounding out the therapeutic experience.
Our program includes a mandatory Extended School Year session from June through August, which is designed to help our students continue making progress in the core content areas, as well as building on their social and academic gains.
A 13 year old's perspective on our academic program:
"The Lodge has been a very helpful place for me and my family and now my academic and social life is back on track, I have rebuilt my self confidence and realize how much potential I have and I definitely plan on going to college."
Each individual student is integrated into the on-grounds school program with the creation of an Education Plan specifically designed to meet individual needs.
This process is carried out by the school staff in collaboration with the total treatment team.
Each student's successful transition into the Lodge school is based upon their development of positive relationships with staff and peers, which serve as the foundation for meeting the social and academic challenges that the individual student will face.
Communication of student progress, strengths and needs is critical in order to optimally meet their ever-evolving position as a learner.
This communication occurs through scheduled parent conferences, quarterly Education Plan Reviews, Reports of Academic Progress (report cards) and weekly teacher progress notes.
Ongoing communication between staff, school and total treatment team is a routine part of our approach to meeting students' behavioral, developmental and academic needs.