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Hancock, NY
Students enrolled: 105

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431 Chapel Hill Rd
Hancock, NY 13783

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(845) 887-5213
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October 13, 2014
The Family Foundation School aka Allynwood Academy had been a blessing for the students and families it has served in various forms for over 35 years. Families usually are at a critical point when they come to consider the therapeutic boarding school option for a beloved and perhaps troubled adolescent. FFS afforded everyone involved some breathing space and time to effect change while not losing academic ground. Change in family interaction, change in student destructive behaviors, and change in perspective all around. We have learned gratitude and acceptance in the process, which might not have happened if not for the caring guidance of this dedicated family of educational and therapeutic professionals. Whatever the future holds we can say that this was time well spent, and we wish everyone involved with the school a bright and hopeful future, as that is what they have blessed our family with!

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2013
Family Foundation School saved my daughter's life and integrated her back into our family. She is now a full-time matriculated college student doing well in all of her classes. More importantly, she is clean, sober and happy. I couldn't imagine a better place to have sent her to get the outcome that we did! Of course she was resistant at first, but after 6 weeks at the school she actually thanked us for sending her there and acknowledged how much she needed it! Thank you to all there who helped. The staff was involved, kind, compassionate, and competent in all ways!

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2013
The Family school saved my life. I was a very troubled young man prior to attending the Family school. I do suggest to parents to not send your children there unless there is a serious problem. Preferably drugs or alcohol. The program is 12 steps based and it works if your child wants it and works it. The academics did prepare me well for college. I thank God and my parents for sending me there. The place has changed since I attended in that it's less strict, but if your options are running out and you want to save your child's life, this place might be it. I know many other graduates that feel the way that I do and are grateful for their experience.

- submitted by a community member

August 06, 2013
The most important thing to realize is that there is no "permanent fix" for your troubled teen. For one thing the behaviors they are exhibiting did not happen or develop overnight so the process takes a while. It's a painful process, too but we followed their advice and expertise and did not micromanage. We held our ground and did not come rescue him when he ran away at 18. And that was the turning point. They really care about the kids here. Nothing is perfect but it's the closest to a real school setting as you will find. Your kid will complain and tell you it's awful! Do not listen. There are parents on campus all the time. Communication is not the best but I have to say they have made an effort and it has improved a lot. But when you have high risk kids, I would rather they spend more time with my child than emailing me. Sending your troubled teen, mentally troubled or addicted adolescent to a therapeutic boarding school is not a decision you come to because you caught your kid with a beer. It's a progressive behavior that is alarming that can effect the rest of their life. I am glad we made the decision to help our son turn his life around. We have our kid back!

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2013
I can honestly say that the family foundation school is NOT a great school. They have horrible teachers, weak principal/school leadership and their academic programs are at best remedial and do not prepare students for success in college. Anyone reading this who is considering sending their child to the school should do a cursory search on the internet, the various sources that criticize this school are telling the truth. Avoid the Family Foundation School at all costs.

- submitted by a student

January 04, 2013
I strongly urge other parents to consider all possible alternatives before sending their child to FFS. I ultimately decided to send my child to FFS because I was being convinced that FFS would help him manage his behavioral and emotional issues and equip him to integrate with our family and with his peers. Yet FFS curtails its students' contact with family members--further alienating my child from his family. Moreover, rather than supporting its students, FFS was more interested in first "breaking down" students. (Or, that is its "method" of supporting students). It seems FFS prioritized this "breaking down" process over academics, as well.

- submitted by a parent

January 02, 2013
The FFS did not help me thrive as a student. I was given very little time to do school work and fell behind. I returned to high school my senior year and found that it was difficult to keep up. The FFS also tells each student that they are an addict, even if you've never used substances. There is no specific procedure used to confirm if you an addict, therefore many students, such as myself, receive "treatment" that they don't need.

- submitted by a student

June 07, 2012
At first glance school appears to be perfect for teenagers with substance abuse issues, based on the 12 step model. However upon enrollment, presented with a form requiring statement that child was not in need of treatment for substance abuse. Caveat emptor. Also child not allowed to make unmonitored phone calls home. Staff listens in on all calls home.

- submitted by a community member

June 07, 2012
I had an overwhelmingly negative experience with the Family Foundation School. The facilities, the education and the quality of the staff is sub par. I think any parent who sends their child to the school has not done thorough research about it.

- submitted by a parent

July 16, 2010
I have never seen such a dedicated staff. This school took my defiant self-destructive teenager and transformed her into a responsible, respectful young adult who is about to enter college. They literally saved her life. I can't say enough wonderful things about this program!

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2010
Our son attended this school for 15 months. I think that the program works well for students with substance abuse and behavior problems. It is not a school for students with dual diagnosis issues. Our son has bipolar II in addition to substance abuse issues and the school was recommended by a local therapist. We should have hired an educational consultant to determine the best fit for his needs. Three years later, we hired George Posner, one of the best educational consultants in the country, to provide advice for our still struggling son and he is now doing much better in an adult program. The school encourages parents to permit their students to minimize medications. This works for some, but did not for our son. He needs a mood stabilizer to think clearly.

- submitted by a parent

May 12, 2009
This school saved my life. Once a high school drop out, criminal, addict, self-mutilator, and person embitettered by hatred, I am now a successful contributing member of society. I will be attending Texas A&M University as part of the chemical engineering honors program in the Fall

- submitted by a student
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March 14, 2009
My son has been at the FFS for six months. The problem with this school is lack of communication. I have to call and e-mail several times before I actually speak with someone.

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2008
They saved my daughter who is now an honors student 2nd year College. School is also strong on academic performance

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2007
Our son had gotten into lots of trouble in school, and was expelled for drug possession. He had done so well up to age 12, it was very difficult to deal with the negative changes in the teen years. Two years at the FFS school has been a miracle. He's back to his old self, applying for colleges, and the future looks good. I was sold on the school as soon as we spent a day there. The kids were happy, there was no hint of violence or chaos like in the public school. The school and staff really know what they are doing.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2007
This school is amazing in what it accomplishes with young teens who are headed for big trouble. Your child goes in evasive, no eye contact with adults, secretive, mumbles when spoken to, and engaging in activities that could destroy the rest of his or her life. They come out honest, self directed, hopeful, articulate, a life plan, and an honest appreciation of right from wrong. No, they are not 100 percent successful. But their success rate is amazing, as are the changes in your kid if he or she and you complete the program. If you are at your wits end with worry, this is the place to put your child.

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2007
This school not only help the student but helps the whole family. This school does work miracles.

- submitted by a parent

November 09, 2005
All schools should model after this one. The academic standard is high with a 75 being the passing grade.They offer lots of extracurricular activities.The parents are asked to work a 12 step program at home while their children work one at school so everyone is on the same page.They have a support group on line which is strictly for parents,run by parents,and moderated by parents.Your child will be taught to respect themselves and others.They learn to appreciate family and share in family values.The Family Foundation School is the BEST at what they do. If you are looking for miracles to happen then this is the place for your family.

- submitted by a parent

November 21, 2004
I have had my son at this school for 3 months and I see a difference in him already. He feels safe and is being educated and challenged to his potential. It is faith based school (different denominations), and they work with the 12 step program to help students who have addiction or behavioral challenges. The school is in the serene hills of the Catskill Mountains. They provide structure and incentive for students who need it. My son had quit school, had no respect for any authority and was heading on a destructive path. I feel that at the FFS he has the best chances to heal and to become productive again. This school offers much to the students who attend there.

- submitted by a parent

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The Family Foundation School
431 Chapel Hill Rd, Hancock, NY  13783
(845) 887-5213
Last modified The Family Foundation School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
The Family Foundation School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top