Heritage is a nationally recognized therapeutic boarding school & residential treatment center. As pioneers of the relationship therapeutic model, and with the longest tenured staff working in residential care, our therapists, teachers, and residential staff, provide clinical and educational services to at-risk adolescents struggling to overcome the challenges associated with mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. — Visit school website
“I remembered the defining moments in my life,” says Heritage founder Jerry Spanos, “I remembered what worked for me were relationships, simple and plain. … people cared about me, they were honest with me, they held me accountable, they asked for commitments, and I formed a trust with them. And as a result, it changed my life.” That approach is what has defined the Heritage program since it was begun in 1984. Certainly, it’s an approach that is shared with the most successful therapeutic academies in the nation: There are many supports in place, just as there should be, but program is guided by an unwavering sense of possibility, in finding students’ strengths and then building on them through close, caring mentorship. The environment is one of possibility, which, itself, can be transformative for the students that enroll. Spanos has said that, in creating the school, he wanted to pay forward the caring support that he had as a student. For more than three decades, Heritage has been doing precisely that.