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== History ==
 
== History ==
It was one of the first facilities Aspen Education opened back in 1987. Linda Houghton, a former CEDU employee, founded the school along with a core group of other former CEDU staff. It uses the [[Lifestep]] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGAT LGAT] process in the programming of the detainees <Ref>[http://www.fornits.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=26160&p=318963&hilit=mount+bachelor#p318963 Mount Bachelor Academy's Own Version of It's History], a thread on Fornits webforum </Ref>.
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It was one of the first facilities Aspen Education opened back in 1987. It uses the [[Lifestep]] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGAT LGAT] process in the programming of the detainees.
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The original founder is Linda Houghton, who together with a group of other former CEDU employees (Steve Houghton, Bill Hoffman, and Greg Andrick, and several others,) oversaw the beginning of the school, which is essentially a clone of the CEDU model, with a few differences, to be sure <Ref>[http://www.fornits.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=26160&p=318963&hilit=mount+bachelor#p318963 Mount Bachelor Academy's Own Version of It's History], a thread on Fornits webforum </Ref>.
  
 
They advertised together with [[CEDU]] in the start. Lifestep is recognized to be a development of the seminar system used at CEDU.
 
They advertised together with [[CEDU]] in the start. Lifestep is recognized to be a development of the seminar system used at CEDU.

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Mount Batchelor Academy is placed on 33051 North East Ochoco Highway, Prineville, Oregon 97754 and has rooms for 110 detainees [1] [2].

The average length of a stay is 14 to 16 months. The target group is youth between 14 and 18 years of age.

History

It was one of the first facilities Aspen Education opened back in 1987. It uses the Lifestep LGAT process in the programming of the detainees.

The original founder is Linda Houghton, who together with a group of other former CEDU employees (Steve Houghton, Bill Hoffman, and Greg Andrick, and several others,) oversaw the beginning of the school, which is essentially a clone of the CEDU model, with a few differences, to be sure [3].

They advertised together with CEDU in the start. Lifestep is recognized to be a development of the seminar system used at CEDU.

Program

Level system in the year 2007

Phases Time in Program Focus Communication Skills Groups Lifestep® Program Academics Parental Involvement
Phase I Discovery First Two Months Peer Group Formation

Self-Exploration High Adventure/Physical Fitness

Service Learning
Introduction to Communication Skills Groups The Bridge Lifestep® (at end of Phase I) Outdoor, experiential education

Writing Assignments Receive credit for English, Wilderness/Physical Education, and Environmental Science
Update calls from wilderness instructors

Letters to/from student
Phase II & III Campus Curricula Month 2-16 Develop "tools" to deal with emotional issues in a healthy manner

Healing and strengthening of family relationships

Assume leadership roles

Goal Setting

Community service

Development of Life Plan

Communication Skills Groups twice per week

Peer Group Communication Skills Groups once per week

Four one-day Achievement Seminars
Forever Young Lifestep®

Promise Lifestep®

Venture Lifestep®

LaMancha Lifestep®

Veritas Lifestep®
Each student working at appropriate grade level earning one full credit each 6 month semester

Begin next step planning as age appropriate (i.e. SAT Prep class and test, college essay writing, completion of college essays)

Four one-day Academic Seminars

Vocational Planning Option
Parent Workshops Regional

Parent Support Groups

Update calls from mentor

Letters/phone calls to/from student

Written academic progress reports

Parent involvement in Veritas Lifestep®

College and/or boarding school visits as appropriate
Post-Graduation Up to an additional 6 months Academic work Preparing for the next school/college experience Communication Skills Groups at least once per week Student support in Lifesteps® Continue block style academics

Plan next step including college and/or boarding school visits as appropriate

In the news

On December 16 - 1998, 17 year old Brandon Hoffman died at the facility [4].

In December 2007 a search was conducted for a group of teenagers and staff members, which had been lost on a wilderness trip. They were rescued without injuries [5]

A comment made in relationship with an article about the H.R. 5876, The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008 (Now H.R. 6358) a mother made the follow statement on WashingtonWatch.com [6]

Joyce Myers
I have a daughter in Mount Bachelor Academy in Oregon. I heard from her when she was able to sneak an unmonitored phone call out. She is kept up for days at a time for deprogramming sessions. She looks horrible. I made a suprise visit there and saw for myself zombie-like teens who were in terror of the staffers. She told me they were doped up by the staff. I was told to leave the property although I had traveled for 2 days to check on her. They use cultlike tactics here. These schools need to be shut down as I believe they are operating under false premises. I cannot sleep at night as I remember the sad, fearful looks of the kids as I drove away.I came away with sense that this is nothing more than a prison camp for kids. Even parents cannot talk freely to their kids. Her father put her here. I do not believe there will be a breakthrough in these places without media exposure. And this is America 2008.

The relatives on a former detainees have decided to create their own detention [7]

As many other private schools they are often mentioned in battles between parents and school district when the two parties can not agree on whether the school district has a better option than the private solution [8]. On the internet one of these case tells the story about persons seems to have several interests to serve in these cases [9].

External links

Info pages

Survivor groups

Message boards

References