The typical student at Discovery Connections is an oppositional defiant (non-violent), treatment resistant boy who is disruptive or has failed in a larger milieu program and is a high risk of acting out. These students can be socially manipulative and need a smaller milieu to aid in the development of a more behaviorally authentic response. Educationally, each student can be on a traditional or non-traditional track such as a GED.
Discovery Connections offers a small milieu where each boy’s treatment has immediate, detailed and individual attention. Trained staff utilize the time-honored Governing Principles to direct and help boys to appropriately and positively influence each other to perform and act in acceptable ways. Students gain experience in the Career Development program which evaluates and trains them in a practical setting based on interests and abilities.This specialized programmatic component is utilized to help both the students and the parents understand career aptitude and educational needs. Students also participate in community-based athletic teams and community service. Experiential activities are the foundation of therapeutic success. Parent involvement is a also critical part of a student’s success.
Discovery Connections academics offers a personalized mastery-based, tutorial learning atmosphere. Teachers are licensed educators, many with Master’s level degrees.
Families may enroll in Echoes of Discovery, an 8 week aftercare program typically beginning two to four weeks after a student has returned home.
The facility at Discovery Connections was completed in 2010 and allows for a close and open program. Boys are involved in cleaning, cooking, and maintaining and developing the grounds and facilities. In a therapeutic house style, this location facilitates easy access to mentors, teachers, and therapists in a manner that develops trust and togetherness. Students are free to engage in sports and other recreational activities on the sport court and open grass area.