Rocklyn Academy

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Current status Closed
Checked February 26, 2013
Close.gif Closed 2010

Rocklyn Academy was a behavior modification facility located south of Meaford in Ontario, Canada [1].

It was for girls only.

Program structure

Normal level system

The facility used a level system with 5 levels. Privileges follows the level. The new girls started at the lowest level for a period of minimum 3 weeks. The girl had to meet a number of requirements in order to reach the next level. Some of the rules can be seen in the chart below:

Name Minimum period Privilges
Level 1
In-coming student [2]
For 3 full weeks minimum *Phone calls can only be made supervised
*May only stay on the campus
*Has to be accompanied by a staff, head girl or prefect at all time while outside
*Academic outings
Level 2
Lead Position [2]
For 3 full weeks minimum *Phone calls lasting up to 15 minutes can be made each week
*Unlimited numbers of letters, emails and packages to and from family are allowed
*Can walk on campus without presence of others
Level 3
Leader [2]
For 4 full weeks minimum *The number of phonecalls per week are raised to two
*Two off-campus visits per semester with a limit of 6 hours
Level 4
Prefect [2].
For 5 full weeks minimum *The two off-campus visits may last up to 8 hours
*May study in own room
*Can shop groveries
*Has second choice of bedroom after the head girl
*A weekend leave.
Level 5
head girl [2].
*An extra off-campus visit. May last 12 hours.
*2 weekend leaves.

Motivation program

Students who "continue to struggle accepting the Rocklyn program" were placed on the Rocklyn Accelerated Motivational Program. This had three levels [3].

Name Minimum
period
Rules
Level 1 Three full weeks minimum *Phys-ed is the only off campus activity
*Room completely cleared of all items including but not limited to corkboards and pictures, books and magazines, stuffed animals, extra bedding and jewelry
*Emails to and from family only Tuesdays and Fridays
*Allowed Rocklyn Uniforms, under garments, 2 pair of Pajama’s and slippers (or flip flops), 2 casual outfits, 1 pair of shoes
*Dinner to be eaten in bedroom and cleared after.
Level 2 Two full weeks minimum * Requirements of an incoming student
* May send and receieve ONE email on Fridays only to immediate family members
* Room completely cleared of all items including but not limited to corkboards and pictures, books and magazines, stuffed animals, extra bedding and jewelry
*May not leave property for any reason.
*Allowed only 2 Rocklyn Uniforms, under garments, 2 pair of Pajama’s and slippers (or flip flops)
*All free time to be spent in bedroom.
*Lunch and Dinner to be eaten in bedroom and cleared after.
*Must have staff supervision while using washroom
*Showering only an option between 2-4pm - supervised
Level 3 One full week minimum *No contact with family
*Requirements of an incoming student
*Room completely cleared of all items including but not limited to corkboards and pictures, books and magazines, stuffed animals, extra bedding and jewelry
*May not leave property for any reason
*Allowed only under garments, 1 pair of Pajama’s and slippers (or flip flops)
*All time outside of school day to be spent in bedroom
*All meals to be eaten in bedroom and cleared after
*Must have staff supervision while using washroom
*Showering only an option between 2-4pm - supervised
*Loss of window and closet curtains.

Sick procedure

Girls who are sick are confined to their own room after a brief examination done by staff. They are supposed to stay all in the room - even for meals although this kind of procedure caused the death of Brendan Blum (Not at Rocklyn Academy) in 2007 [4]

Cost

Two semesters of the program was listed at $42,600 for one installment. $43,800 for 6 installments and $45,000 for 9 installments. However "Additional charges for student activities and expenses at the school were estimated to cost approximately $6,000 for the twosemester term as specified above. These additional charges was be billed to the students' personal accounts as they occur. Items falling under this category included: uniforms, tuck, horseback riding, skiing/boarding, weekend activities, stationery, medical expenses, special events and the counselling with our therapists." These are subject to change without notice [5].

Misc

The facility was on the investigation list og HEAL-online [6]

This facility was on the ISAC (International Survivors in Action Committee) watchlist [7]

News

A 15 year old girl managed to escape the facility but turned herself in later [8]

Records show that the school closed sometime in 2010 [9]

External links

Info pages

Survivor group

Message board

References

  1. The former facility on Google Maps
  2. 2,0 2,1 2,2 2,3 2,4 Student Guide - Responsibilities & Privileges - Rocklyn academy homepage
  3. Student Guide - Motivational Plan - Rocklyn Academy homepage
  4. Student Guide - Contributions - Rocklyn Academy homepage
  5. Registration and enrollment agreement - Rocklyn Academy homepage
  6. HEAL-online investigation list
  7. International Survivor Action Network watchlist
  8. Missing 15-Year-Old Found, by Jim Birchard, Bayshore Broadcasting Corporation, July 2, 2009
  9. Schools that have ceased operation, Rocklyn Academy, School No.: 878715