I am genuinely happy in life. I made it just fine after missing half of high school even though it felt like the end of the world for a good amount of time.
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.
“From my standpoint, having her away was difficult, but I always felt like she was in good hands and felt like there was progress made.”
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.