Stone Mountain School

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Information
Current status Closed
Detainees.gif Capacity 60
Checked July 21, 2013
Open.gif Opened 1990
Close.gif Closed 2013 [1]

Stone Mountain School was located in a very remote forest area. The address is 126 Camp Elliott Road, Black Mountain, North Carolina 2871 [2]

It was for boys only aged between 11 and 16 when they were detained at the facility. The boys were detained there for 12 months minimum.

It had rooms for 60 detainees [3].

It did open in 1990 and was owned by Aspen Education Group. 2013 the management announced that the facility would close [1]

Program structure

The facility use a 6 level behavior modification system. Regarding education, there are no references to any of the regional accreditation bodies in the United States.

The levels are named

  • Orientation (O): Lasting minimum 14 days.
  • Level I: Lastning minimum 30 days, not counting if a person is dropped.
  • Level II:
  • Level III:
  • Level IV:
  • Level V:

The level system consist as mentioned of six levels. Each level consist of a number of tasks. (Source: Homepage of the program as it was in 2007)

O Level
Requirements

A. Place your name at the top of each orientation level sheet
and read the introduction to this level with a staff member of your group.
This requirement must be done and signed off by staff before any other requirements on this level may be earned!!

B. Introduce Yourself to your Group
You must introduce yourself to the group by telling them (at a minimum) your name, hometown, previous schools, and the reasons you are at SMS. You must present this in evening group, to the satisfaction of your staff.
C. Learn Group and Staff Names.
You must learn the names of each group member and the names of the Senior Counselors, counselors, teachers, and kitchen staff. You may call a group meeting or present this in evening group for input from your group members and the approval of your staff.
D. Group Standards.
You must learn and recite the group standards (the five major standards and any five minor standards of behavior). You must present this in evening group for input from your group members and the approval of your staff.
E. Daily Schedule.
You must learn and recite the schedule of daily activities and weekly events for your group. This should include:

Daily: times for wake up; chores; morning group; campus chores; all mealtimes; school times; afternoon activities; evening group; silence; and lights out.
Weekly: days and/or times for showers; laundry; phone calls; mail call; other activities. You may call a group meeting or present this in evening group for input from your group members and the approval of your staff.
F. Campus Orientation.
After studying from a labeled map of the school you must be able to correctly identify all the indicated objects on a blank map. This is done one-on-one with staff.
G. Understand the Qualities of Your Group.
You will need to learn and understand the definitions of the following. Respect, Commitment, Honesty, Accountability, Friendship, Vulnerability When you are sure you understand these qualities, you will need to recite the definitions in an evening group. You will also be required to discuss your personal understanding of these qualities and how you can apply them to your life by giving an example of each.

H. Conduct Yourself as a Group Member.
You must demonstrate an intention and willingness to conduct yourself as a cooperative member of the group. This means that you are being involved as part of the group and generally doing what the group is doing at any time.
You must demonstrate a willingness and intention to participate as a group member for five consecutive days to earn this requirement. You must inform your group when you are working on this requirement and bring it up in evening group for review by your group and staff approval. To keep this requirement you must continue to conduct yourself in a manner that is compliant with your group’s schedule and activities.

I. Write Home About Your Progress.
You must write letters home describing your school life and progress. You must write and submit at least 2 letters in 2 separate weeks to earn this requirement. These letters are to be reviewed by your staff before they are sealed and mailed.

Education

On their webpage they claim that they have: "A Non-Public School License: Stone Mountain School is a licensed non-public school by the Governor's office of the State of North Carolina." and a "Letter of certification issued by the Division of Exceptional Children of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction."

They also use the education as a part of their level system. From the old homepage:

  • O Level: You must earn a minimum of 11 out of the possible 20 school points for one school week (Monday – Thursday). You must inform your school group that you are working on this requirement in the before school group on the first school day of the week. To maintain this requirement you must continue to earn a minimum of 11 points each week.
  • Level I: You must earn a minimum of 14 out of the possible 20 school points for one week (Monday – Thursday). You must inform your school group that you are working on this requirement in the before school group on the first school day of the week. To maintain this requirement you must continue to earn a minimum of 14 points each week.


News / Media

There have been some problems with the water supply, which could end up with teenagers becoming ill, if not corrected [4]

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