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Years after attending Spring Ridge Academy, the profound memories are still fresh in Eliza Epifano’s mind. So are the lessons. “I had to learn who I was. And that was a really challenging thing and I think that is something I still carry with me today. It’s an evolutionary process,” she said.
Parents of SRA Graduate: “She’s carried a lot of the knowledge she gained at SRA about herself with her.”
“When we went there and looked at the place, we saw kids who were dressed nicely, they had good manners and looked healthy and well cared for. All the things we wanted for her.”
SRA graduate: ‘I think being there made me realize I wanted to be a voice for people that couldn’t have a voice’
Spring Ridge Academy has produced some remarkable graduates over the years. One such person is Molly Casson, who spent roughly three years at SRA. She looks back at her time as a learning experience that also brought a tremendous amount of personal growth.
Growing up I had a good life. I loved my family, had good friends, and I was a good child overall. As I approached my teens that all began to change. For some reason, I felt I had to rebel in order to live up to the reputation of “Generation X”. Over the next few years I became unruly and uncontrollable.
At the age of fifteen, after multiple failed short-term placements, my parents decided it was time to take serious action. On February 13, 1997, I was sent to Spring Ridge Academy in Spring Valley, Arizona. From then on, my life would never be the same.
Each one of our parents has shared the fear and uncertainty of sending their daughter away to a Therapeutic Boarding School in Arizona. Learn how Jennifer and her husband found hope for their daughter at Spring Ridge Academy.
“I traveled far and wide across the country to examine schools after Wilderness and spent two days at my top choices. I spent a lot of time with the students and the staff. Ultimately, it was the spring in the step of the girls I met that made me choose SRA. I kept hearing from the girls how they “loved” their school.”
Your daughter is heading down a path that you fear she will not come back from. Knowing that changes need to happen you are researching Therapeutic Boarding Schools. Hear from a recent graduate how our program has changed her life.
“I never saw myself as flawed. I never saw myself to be like the “other teenagers” that hit rock bottom. I saw myself as perfect. But, I also found myself suffocating through the life I led. I had extremely unattainable expectations set for myself and an even lower sense of self. I was engulfed by a constant state of anxiety and loomed over by the crippling effects of depression.
Like those “other teenagers” I compared myself to, I was lost. I was completely and utterly lost from myself.”