- Pence Springs, WV
Greenbrier Academy is boarding school for girls located at Pence Springs, West Virginia. The school is based on therapeutic model, which nurtures emotional and behavioral ...
Introduction to West Virginia
Known as a state that’s wild and wonderful, West Virginia is also home to plenty of boarding schools that offer numerous opportunities to the children attending them. A state known for having a long and rich history of self-reliance and culture, it’s referred to as the Mountain State due to its vast array of mountainous terrain and numerous tourist attractions that offer spectacular views of the Allegheny mountains.
But along with its natural beauty, West Virginia also offers schools that have always been known for their traditional values, well-educated faculty and desire to make a positive impact on the lives of children. Whether it’s a college offering an Appalachian music festival or a boarding school offering therapeutic services to troubled teens, there’s little doubt the wild and wonderful state offer some truly special educational opportunities.
Located in the scenic and quiet area of Pence Springs, the Greenbrier Academy considers itself to be a very unique type of boarding school. Designed for girls only, it is a therapeutic boarding school that is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Schools. Specializing in helping troubled girls in grades 8-12, the Academy focuses on helping them overcome emotional, behavioral, and substance abuse issues in order to pursue a college education. Along with the usual college prep curriculum, all students take part in Equine Therapy through the Academy’s School of Horsemanship. The purpose of this program is to help students build trusting relationships with animals, which in turn gives them a new perspective on life while working to overcome emotional barriers. The school accepts girls ages 13-18 and requires a minimum enrollment of twelve months, though many students stay longer and receive their high school diplomas.
Located in Wheeling, the Linsly School was founded in 1814 and offers programs for children in grades 5-12. An all-boys school until 1987, it then decided to become coeducational to offer opportunities to more children. A private school offering various programs in athletics, academics, and the arts, Linsly has the distinction of having a 100 percent college placement rate for its graduates. Providing a low student-teacher ratio and emphasizing individual instruction, the school has gained a reputation for academic excellence as well as one whose graduates go on to have successful college careers. Considering itself to be a family, many graduates return to the school to act as mentors to other students.