My child graduated there 12 years ago, being there 2 years. It was my last solution to help and save my child. He will tell you it was the best thing I could have ever done to him was placing him there. He came out at 18 yrs with a HS diploma, entered USMC 6 mths later for 5 yrs. My son Jason is the man he is today with the foundation Cross Creek not only gave him but gave us a family to go thru the program with him. My insurance covered 100% since this program included the therapy my insurance recognized. I only paid for 1 month as he stayed 1 more month after turning 18 yrs as he wanted to finish his education. I highly recommend this program but do know no program is guaranteed to help any child or family. Many do come out and have set backs to their old life styles and friends. I took full accountability for whatever part as Jason's mom I played to get him to this point and I was determined to help him to very end. Thank you Cross Creek and your staff! Jason has heard from classmates and staff since home and many have turned out well in life!
It's a horrible place i was there for two years and i would advise strongly against placing your child there. Do a lot of research.
Mormonism is really pushed on those of us in this school. I don't know how it can call itself a non-sectarian school. The school is basically a joke and you just take tests over and over again until you pass. I can't believe our parents would pay all the money they do for us to basically be tormented. I would rather go to jail than go to Cross Creek personally. It's that bad.
I do not beleive that this is a healthy way to help kids. Some counseling iduvidually and family would be a better choice
I understand that teen and be unruly; however these facilities should never be a choice. I attended one of these "schools" for one year and the first time my parents came to visit and caught wind of the horrible screams coming from the refusal rooms they pulled me out and brought me home. The education is a joke; you teach yourself from books and once you have read the entire text and took some end of the chapter tests you pass the course. This type of "learning" is nearly impossible to retain information. The only beneficial part of the program is the friends you make and the seminars - all the in-between time is useless and expensive. Just spend quality time with your kids and you can avoid needing these programs all together.
After I returned home from this school, a therapist told me I had severe post traumatic stress symptoms. Their tactics were nothing but harmful. My self esteem was significantly lower after I left. They brainwashed me and others and their academic system was horrible to the point that I had to get a GED when I returned home because I had hardly recieved any help from an actual teacher with their "work at your own pace" system.
Sending my child here was the worst mistake of my life. The dishonesty and misleading information does not give parents any idea of what their child endures in this facility. The education program is an online education that for the most part will not transfer to other schools. The brainwashing and fear tactics used to manipulate both parents and children is deplorable. I would suggest that any parent looking into therapeutic school for teens and feel the only solution is to remove the child from their home do some serious research. Think about send your child to a school that promotes education and gives them the potential to further their life by going on to college. One of the ways they suggest you pay for the program is to mortgage your home or use your child's college fund. I am not sure about others, but I know I wanted my child to go to college and have success as an adult. By making the choice to not inform myself, I feel I failed my child on some level. I know her experience at Cross Creek Manor will always be with her and that experience was far from positive.
I attended this school from Jan 1999, through February 2001. The eduction was very inferior, I spent much of the time doing bookwork "at my own pace" without any help from teachers or other students. Many reputable schools won't accept the credits because the accrediting agency is a diploma mill. The focus of this place is not on education, but on humiliating and brainwashing students. They prey on desperate parents who fear for their children's safety. Please take the time to investigate claims yourself and google the parent company, wwasp. Children are not safe here!
Terrible program ~ Teen learned nothing and it cost me a fortune! Do not send your child here.
Cross Creek has dramatically influenced my life and my entire family. It tought us a great deal about the key things in life and how to deal with deep issues, feelings, day-to-day issues and most importantly I learned how to face the person in the mirror and be ok we myself the way I was. I also learned how to be responsible and take accountability for my actions rather than just blaming the world for every situation I didn't like. I learned a great deal about respect for myself and others and learned to like cleaning(it's a good use of time and energy). The food wasn't bad either, it wasn't home but you get used to it. I also learned a lot about relationships and effective communication. My favorite things were playing on their softball team and going on service projects throughout the community once I got on a higher level.
For kids who have problems with drugs, have distanced themselves from their families, or perform poorly at school, Cross Creek can turn your child around. The principal really cares about each child, and the therapists work with your children to truly encourage open and honest communication with their families, and make them accountable for their actions ... they make kids good decision-makers about whom they should have as friends ... this happened with my child. I never thought it was possible, but my child is a completely different kid from the one I took to Cross Creek 16 months ago. This program also offers concurrent seminars for parents which allow the whole family to better communicate ... then they bring the child and parent (s) together again to practice what they've learned ... it's awesome, and really works! I would recommend Cross Creek to any parent whose child needs help!
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