Academy at Ivy Ridge

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Information
Current status Closed
Detainees.gif Capacity 460
Checked April 1, 2012
Open.gif Opened 2001
Close.gif Closed 2009

Academy at Ivy Ridge was an independent privately owned and operated for-profit behavior modification facility in Ogdensburg, New York. [1]

The institution was owned by the business partnership of the Jason G. Finlinson Corporation and the Joseph and Alyn Mitchell Corporation [2]. It opened in affiliation with the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools (WWASP).

In January 2006 Ivy Ridge announced that it had withdrawn from WWASPS in November 2005 because of the negative media attention that WWASPS was receiving [3] However, the Teen Help subsidiary of WWASPS still conducts marketing for the school (as of March 2007) [4].

The institution began admitting students in 2001. As of spring 2005 there were 460 students enrolled [5].

Program Description

Level system

They used a level system like the rest of the facilities working in relationship with WWASP. The system had 6 levels.

Living conditions

Survivors mention as room called "shoe room". Due to the risk of runaways, none of the teenagers, who are detained at the facility are allowed to have shoes in any other room than the shoe room during the nights.

Communication

Until the detained teenagers had reached a certain level in the program, they were only allowed to communicate by censored letter communication. If they reached level 3, they could have monitored phone calls to their parents only (In case of a divorce, they could communicate with both parents if the parent, who paid for the stay agrees to communication with the other parent).

If they and their parents passed certain seminars, they could have parent visits at the facility and if they reached level 5 they even could come on home visits.

Punishments

The facility had a O.P. room where teenagers who were breaking the rules of the facility had to lie down all day in only with breaks for toilet visit or meals, who according to one survivor consisted of bread and water [6].

When I was in O.P. for months in '02, I was given nothing but 2 slices of cheese, 2 slices of bread, and 1 cup of water 3 times daily.

In the news

The facility was convicted of issuing High School diplomas, which were not approved by the State [7]. They have tried to increase the standard in their education in order to be allowed to issue High School diplomas in 2006, but their application were rejected [8].

Despite this fact people were still being contacted regarding payment for "education" of their children [9].

March 2009 it was announced that the facility would close down until fall 2009 in order to restructure. The remaining detainees would be transferred to other facilities [10].

April 2009 it was announced that the law suit based on the diploma issue back in 2006 will continue [11]

April 2009 it was announced that the campus has been sold. Several of the leading staff continues to work at Oceanside Teen center in Rosarito, Mexico. [12]

External Links

Info pages

Community groups

Message boards

References

  1. The facility on Google Maps
  2. In the Matter of the Academy at Ivy Ridge, Assurance of Discontinuance Pursuant to Executive Law Section 63, Subdivision 15, Attorney General of the State of New York, Watertown Office, August 17, 2005 Us9.GIF
  3. Academy at Ivy Ridge Withdraws From World Wide Association of Specialty Programs & Schools, PRNewsWire Us9.gif
  4. Teen Help Specialty Boarding Schools website (accessed March 1, 2007) Us9.gif
  5. In the Matter of the Academy at Ivy Ridge, Assurance of Discontinuance Pursuant to Executive Law Section 63, Subdivision 15, Attorney General of the State of New York, Watertown Office, August 17, 2005 Us9.gif
  6. Statement made on youthrights forum, October 18th - 2007 Us9.gif
  7. See In the Matter of the Academy at Ivy Ridge, Assurance of Discontinuance Pursuant to Executive Law Section 63, Subdivision 15, Attorney General of the State of New York, Watertown Office, August 17, 2005, and School for Troubled Youth to Issue Tuition Refunds, Office of the State Attorney General, press release, Albany, NY, August 18, 2005 Us9.gif
  8. Ivy Ridge Academy accreditation rejected, News Watch 50 WWTI TV Us9.gif
  9. Erin Morgan Of Sterling And King, threaten to file a 'judgment, garnish our wages,' will be 'served' at work, demand payment Fern Park Florida, Ripoff Report, March 28 - 2008 Us9.gif
  10. Director: Ivy Ridge to close until fall, by By MAX R. MITCHELL, Watertown Daily Times, March 12 2009
  11. Judge refuses to toss suit filed in 2006, Watertown Daily Times, April 25 2009
  12. Ivy Ridge, home sold for $2.8m, Watertown Daily Times, April 25 2009
    Academy at Ivy Ridge campus sold - They moved to Mexico, a thread on Fornits webforum
    AIR campus sold - they moved to Oceanside, a thread on the Anti-wwasp message board