Wolf Creek Academy (North Carolina)
Wolf Creek is a therapeutic boarding school and Christian boarding school helping adolescents (ages 14-17) who are experiencing behavioral difficulties, anger, depression, academic failure, or attachment disorders.It is located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
It also offers an accredited school program, including college preparatory education. WCA’s therapy is designed for teenage boys and girls with a history of behavior difficulties, strained family relationships, or other emotional problems. Their focus is to help turn lives around for struggling teens and their families.
Wolf Creek Academy specializes in Academics, Anger Management, Social Development, and working with difficult teens or those struggling with Depression, Drug Abuse, ODD, ADD, and ADHD. They also work with students who are on prescribed medication under the direction of their physicians.
WCA has worked with struggling teenagers age 13 to 17 for 25 years. They have highly trained professional counselors who specialize in behavior therapy including anger management, suicide prevention, social development, improving depression or mood swings, substance abuse issues, self-harm, opposition, and respect of authority.
The program provides a safe home environment for normal adolescents who have lost sight of a clear and positive future. They are all students who are quite capable of becoming mature and dependable young adults if given the proper direction. WCA’s program, many will be able to reach their highest potential when provided the tools and education to be able to do so. Many of our students are gifted and need to be given the opportunity to be challenged. The majority of the students will continue their education in college upon completion of Wolf Creek Academy’s program. Students are asked to comply with normal household rules and to do their own laundry as well as daily chores to benefit the household. Each child is helped with meeting their own hygienic needs.
Daily PE activities at WCA include football, volleyball, kickball, soccer, basketball, softball, or hiking as a regular part of our school program. Physical activities vary seasonally from white water rafting, trail hiking, and snow skiing/snowboarding. Weekly social activities vary from bowling, going to the movies, hiking, church, museums, and more.
Education and counsel for the whole family is a must and are included in the therapeutic treatment plan for a successful transformation of the struggling teen. Wolf Creek therapeutic boarding schools offer the best of professional teen counseling and academics at a lower cost as compared to many similar therapeutic boarding schools.
Teen Counseling to Solve Behavioral Issues
Wolf Creek offers counseling for adolescents and teens struggling with various behavioral issues or rebellion. Some of those issues may include:
- Teen Anger
- Lack of Motivation
- Failing Grades
- Running away
- Substance Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Anti-social behavior
- Learning disabilities
Each child will receive weekly counseling with a licensed certified counselor or more frequently as determined necessary. Parents will be kept well-informed on the progress of their child through phone calls or emails from the child’s assigned counselor. Education and counsel for the whole family is a must and is included in the therapeutic treatment plan for a successful transformation of the struggling teen. Wolf Creek therapeutic boarding schools offer the best of professional teen counseling and academics at a lower cost as compared to many similar therapeutic boarding schools.
The school’s purpose is to support the mission of Wolf Creek Academy. Wolf Creek’s belief is – “A Hope and a Future for Every Child”. Their mission is to provide quality education to each student and help students master curriculum knowledge via the Accelerated Christian Education system. The education department supports the mission of WCA through classroom functions, diagnostic testing, prescribed curriculum, staff training, and, participation in the three (3) tiered system of evaluation, care, and treatment. Students are given opportunities to learn accountability and responsibility through specific classroom procedures.
Wolf Creek Academy dual-enrolls all students with Lighthouse Christian Academy for accreditation purposes. Lighthouse Christian Academy (LCA) is accredited through Accreditation International. As a direct result of its accredited status, Lighthouse Christian Academy can validate the education students receive while attending WCA since we have earned A.C.E. Quality Status and our students automatically qualify for this program.
Whether the student is a high achiever or a moderately paced learner, the Accelerated Christian Education educational process proceeds at the exact level determined by the child’s ability.
Students attend class daily in a classroom setting. The Teacher and Teacher Assistants in the classroom provide assistance for students from the sixth grade up to twelfth grade. The quiet environment offers one-on-one attention and tutoring as required. Recognizing that each child is unique with individual learning needs, students are encouraged on a daily basis to work toward accomplishing their goals and continuously progress using techniques designed specifically for them. Often times, a public school setting is full of distractions that cause frustration for the student and can negatively impact their ability to advance. WCA has a therapeutic and nurturing environment that is a safeguard for success. They offer various electives such as foreign language, speech, art, and physical education. Students thrive while having the opportunity to advance at their own pace; most often an accelerated pace that boosts self-respect, repairs self-confidence and promotes security for a successful future.
Each day begins with daily group sessions addressing issues of anger management and respect of authority, self-respect, substance abuse or other issues relative to today’s youth. These groups are conducted by counselors.
Small group counseling sessions provide a safe environment whereby students may interact, vent, and learn from one another, appropriate ways of managing their respective behavioral difficulties. Most are capable of relating with other teens and will easily become transparent, thus allowing their inner-self to be exposed and eventually promote healing in various areas of their lives. This non-threatening atmosphere will encourage emotional growth and will allow each student the opportunity to become understanding and accepting of their own identity.
Wolf Creek Academy strives to help turn lives around for thousands of struggling youth. We are a faith-based ministry designed to instill integrity, accountability, responsibility, and character while giving the student the opportunity to achieve a quality education regardless of their social status, race or religion.
We do not believe that children have to be broken down….but we believe that they should be built up, loved, and nurtured with appropriate disciplinary measures of losing privileges and gaining rewards for good behaviors.
Why Choose Wolf Creek?
Wolf Creek has worked with struggling teenagers age 13 to 17 for over 20 years. Our highly trained professional counselors specialize in behavior therapy including anger management, suicide prevention, social development, improving depression or mood swings, substance abuse issues, self-harm, opposition, and respect of authority.
“When I first arrived at Wolf Creek Academy I had many weaknesses and struggles. I wasn’t quite sure why I was here, but the more time I spent the more I began to realize what my problem was. I recently lost my mother and they taught me the healthy ways of grieving and accepting the loss of a loved one. I’ve struggled my whole life trying to deal with the physical, verbal and sexual abuse that I’ve experienced. WCA also helped me to set boundaries to better protect myself for the future. I have built very strong relationships with the staff, counselors, and other students while I have been here. They are the most encouraging people I have ever met in my entire life. If I hadn’t come to WCA, I’m not sure where I would be and I certainly wouldn’t be the confident outgoing person that I have become. ” – Rachel, Former Student
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