The mission of River Oak Center is to offer a strong academic program to students in grades 9–12 who are in recovery from substance abuse and/or addiction.
Allowing them to focus on learning in an environment in which sobriety is required and supported. We believe that a sober school that incorporates 12-step principles is a key component on the continuum of treatment and recovery management for our youth.
What we do
River Oak Center “The ROC” is a sober high school supporting the educational needs of teens in recovery.
It can be overwhelming for a teen to go to residential treatment or begin the journey of recovery. One of the biggest challenges they face begins when they re-enter the school system. The Academy offers students an opportunity to grow (spiritually, academically, emotionally and socially) by integrating the principles of recovery into their daily education.
How WE DO IT
Students learn in different ways and with different styles
All Students receive an individual learning plan designed around their needs and goals.
Our staff is well-versed in serving students with diverse learning styles and providing enrichment and remediation for learning differences as necessary. They come with years of experience in teaching in school communities with diverse learners.
Our instructional model requires that teachers scaffold lessons and assignments based on grade and developmental abilities. To that end, our staff uses research-based practices proven to meet the needs of diverse populations, including:
Before-learning strategies, such as activating prior knowledge and assessment of pre-skills
Attention to sequencing of information,
Assessing the need for direct instruction and need for enrichment; direct instruction of learning strategies
Use of graphic organizers and study guides.
While the academic education is our paramount objective we recognize time during the school day for the development of tools and strategies for maintaining sobriety will help our students succeed on the life-long road to recovery as they continue to live, work, and play in their communities.
Our Clinical Director and counselors facilitate daily group support meetings, offer strategies for building the resilience to bounce back from the disappointment and stress of everyday life that can trigger a relapse.
Meet with our instructional staff routinely to provide updates on our students, and provide on-site crisis counseling and referrals for long-term individual and family therapy when needed.