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Halifax, VA
Students enrolled: 90
Before care: No
After care: No

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P.O. Box 755
Halifax, VA 24558

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(434) 476-2406
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December 16, 2014
My daughter was at Carlbrook for a year when staff placed her on an out of school suspension program for what her advisor described as a "lack of emotional growth and stubbor-ness [sic] in group therapy". We thought that it was excessive to take her out of school and cut off all of her communication with other students (she wasn't allowed to speak or even make eye contact with a single other student in the school outside of the three weekly group therapy sessions, under the threat of further punishment). But we deferred to their "professional" judgement. One day, we learned that school staff had our daughter escorted back to SUWS, a wilderness program that is not operated by or even affiliated with Carlbrook, without our knowledge. In fact, she had been at this wilderness program for nearly a week before we found out. We were furious that they had acted like this without even so much as contacting us, and immediately cut ties with the school. Our overall experience with Carlbrook was negative. They exhibited a pattern of negligence and irresponsible behavior and it is terrifying that they have young children under their stewardship.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2014
Unfortunately, the rating system does not allow me to leave zero stars. I graduated Carlbrook, and I can testify to the abusive and manipulative techniques referred to in other reviews about Carlbrook on this site. The 18 months that I spent at Carlbrook were suffused with fear that even now, years later I still have nightmares about. Parents: I know you're scared for your children, and I know that you love them. As bad as things seem, placing the children you love into the hands of Carlbrook staff is one of the worst decisions you can make right now. Maybe you've convinced yourselves that you're out of options, but you're not. Carlbrook is not a viable solution to your problems--your children are vulnerable (and so are you), you need to protect them (and yourselves) from the predatory practices at Carlbrook. My parents were once you, and they were outraged and horrified to learn about the things that I was too afraid to tell them during our weekly phone calls and visits. I can assure you it is their single biggest regret. Please don't let it be yours as well.

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2014
I sympathize with other parents of troubled youngsters who have sent their children to Carlbrook. My son was engaging in risk taking behavior, experimenting with substances, and his grades were slipping. A counselor at his school turned us on to an education consultant who recommended Carlbrook to us. We were relieved when we researched the school and spoke with staff who seemed dedicated to helping our son turn his life around. We were further convinced after we visited the campus and made arrangements to enroll him immediately. We failed to realize that behind the charming facade presented to us, lay a dark and cruel system of mistreatment. Desperate to believe that we had found a solution, we ignored our son's cries for help to remove him from the school; staff had told us that such pleas were common and that he was manipulating us as he had before. We've come to learn in the years since our son graduated what he endured: structured psychological torment and threats to comply. Apparently even one of the co-founders of the school was terrorizing my son and others, threatening him and calling him horrible things that I cannot repeat here. From the depths of my heart, stay away.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2014
Another Carlbrook parent wrote: "In addition it provided our family with a foundation of interacting in a positive way that we carry with us and use some seven years later." That resonates with me. We just finished a visit with our son at Carlbrook (off-campus, three days). It was wonderful except for the last two hours, which were horrible and reminded me of the "old days." After cooling off for two days, though, my son and I talked it out and put it behind us. In the "old days," as I pointed out to him, we'd have never talked it out; he'd have holed up in his room, I'd have continued to fume about it, and it would have never been resolved. That seems to have changed. My son was more than a little impressive. After having thought about it for two days afterward, I'd arrived at what I thought were profound insights that I couldn't wait to proclaim to him when we talked. But I was so impressed with his wise handling of the situation when we talked that I largely shut up and listened. I credit Carlbrook for this. (No sooner were we done talking, of course, that my son made another plea to leave Carlbrook -- a very, very common refrain among Carlbrook students).

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
Carlbrook provided our son with a great intellectual and emotional education. The staff is dedicated, the standards are high and our son had the skills he needed to go on a get a great college education. In addition it provided our family with a foundation of interacting in a positive way that we carry with us and use some seven years later. It took a lot of courage for us to choose Carlbrrok as a next step for our son and we have been foreever grateful to the school and its staff.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2012
Several Carlbrook students visited our church to perform in our Christmas program by singing and playing hand chimes. ALL of the students were extremely polite and very talented. They seemed to be very happy children and we enjoyed fellowship with them. They did an awesome job!

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2012
Please do your research before sending your child to Carlbrook School: Google, fornits, reddit, troubled teen industry.

- submitted by a community member
February 20, 2012
Our son was an good student in his freshman year in high school. He started smoking pot and K2, missing classes, and his grades degraded during his sophmore year. He had a number of car accidents. When confronted he evidenced a fierce sense of entitlement, was overly defiant, began lying, and sneaking out of the house at night. He refused to actively participate in counseling and we hit the point where we were walking on egg shells around our home and neither one of us could sleep at night. We had him escorted to Second Nature and researched every school we could find before selecting Carlbrook. We are extremely pleased with our choice. For the first time in more than a year we are sleeping soundly at night. Carlbrook has turned our son around. The school and programs instilled responsibility, accountability and a sense of purpose in our son. He is self-confident and recently received a very significant scholarship to a very good school. All of our conversations now end with "I love you and I miss you." He is a pleasure to be around and we trust him once again. I highly recommend this school for your consideration without hesitations or qualificaiton whatsoever.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2011
Our child is bright, talented, accomplished, and, until she turned 16, was highly motivated. For a host of reasons, she began experimenting with drugs, became addicted and quickly lost control of her life. Poor decisions became the norm; she lost interest in her sport, school and family. It became crystal clear to us that she needed to leave the environment she was in, so we set out to find the right place for her to heal. She needed a strong therapeutic setting, but she also needed to be challenged academically (she was already taking AP level courses in all subjects). She needed rules, but we wanted her to be in an appealing (not an austere) environment. We wanted to be with her, but we knew she needed to be with others--and we wanted them to be sharp, dedicated and loving. We searched and searched the internet for the right school, asked everyone we could, and tasked our ed consultant with making the right match. It came down to one late-night internet search to led us to Carlbrook, and we thank God. It possesses the characteristics were sought, in spades. It is expensive, yes. But it is money well spent if it saves our daughter, and we believe it has.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2010
Our daughter is about to graduate from Carlbrook. It has been a great experience for our whole family. She has grown up and matured in ways we couldn't have achieved here in our community. She has gotten in to some great colleges/universities and is looking forward to her future.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
October 31, 2009
Was your son or daughter once an excellent student? Were they just as bright as could be? Have things gone off the rails in the last few years? You're wondering what has happened to your high-achieving teen? The Carlbrook School will help your child rediscover their drive and excellence. They did it for my son. He was careening out of control and failing classes. Now he has been accepted to a number of great universities and is excited about his life. You can find much about the school on their website. Here's what you won't find. They will get you involved and change you too. You and your child will cry buckets of tears together and you will re-connect. They run a tight ship but, mostly, they really love your kid. Carlbrook changed our lives.

- submitted by a parent

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Carlbrook School
P.O. Box 755, Halifax, VA  24558
(434) 476-2406
Last modified Carlbrook School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Carlbrook School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 12 reviews. Top