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Posted August 16, 2013
- a community member
LifeLine for Youth is not a school and should probably not be listed on this site at all, but it is an amazing organization. LifeLine is a treatment and counseling center for troubled youth who struggle with drug addiction, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, family conflict, and other destructive behaviors that have prevented them from being successful in school or in life. LifeLine does not market or advertise themselves as a school or pretend to be a world class educational institution. The purpose of their school program is to prevent students from falling behind on credits while in treatment, or making up credits if they are behind from school failures related to their addiction or mental health issues. Student teacher ratios are about 1 to 6 which is great for students that have struggled in the past. Overall, the staff and counselors are amazing and really care about the students and their families. They are great role models and provide a safe environment for treatment and healing.
The investment needed to provide an education that is (at minimum) at the same level as a public school education is not even present at this program. Know that your child will need additional private tutoring or other accommodations to receive an adequate education, and I am not sure what they allow during treatment. SInce this program generally lasts 9 months or more, it is something that can seriously impact a student's success.
My child went to Lifeline and the school part of the treatment center was awful. We have had to get them tutors this summer to make up for lack of teaching with the school. All they do is hand out packets and have the students do them. Math is especially low in their method of teaching.
If this rating were based on ease, I would give it a 5. I went into Life-Line when I was 15 and had been doing fairly well in school (b average). The "school" at life line (which is technically "Woodland Hills) works like this: Credit for three classes is automatically given for being in the program. These are: PE, Psychology, and something like "general studies". This is very helpful for those who are ready to fail out of highschool, or have already failed out of school. there is Also one 90 minute long class a day Mon-Fri, totaling 5 classes. In high school, approximately 500 minutes a week are dedicated to a class. So.. 90 minutes VS 500 minutes. When I left the program, I was so far behind in math that I had to make a "pass/fail" grading system deal with my HS math teacher. This had to be approved through the highschool psychologist and thank god she was familiar with the terrible education I received while in life-line. I left worse off than I came in. However, my GPA did go way up. Last note: grades for all classes that clients automatically get credit for are subjectively given based on how the staff feels the client has done in Life-Line (not fair at all)
I personally went to LifeLine and although the facility is good for treatment, the education part of it is a different story. The only subject I learned anything was math. Every other subject was fill in the blank and it was word for word with the book. They pretty much give you the grade, so that the student graduates high school.
Life-line is a fantastic program, but it isn't a school, it's a treatment program for troubled youth. Education is part of the process, and it's done well, but it's mostly so the kids in treatment don't fall behind rather than being the primary focus. The program provides a highly structured but very loving and supportive environment to help kids overcome their problems and acquire the skills and self-confidence needed to re-integrate back into mainstream society, and to succeed there. It's a powerful, life-changing program for youth and families alike. If your child is struggling with substance abuse, suicidal thoughts or actions, criminal behaviors or other serious, life-destroying behaviors, Life-line is a godsend.