We at SLAM believe that New York City deserves to have a school entirely dedicated to teens that are in need of a recovery-centric environment free of all drugs and alcohol. We believe not only in excellence in curriculum, but also in helping teens learn the crucial life skills needed in order to thrive for the rest of their lives. (MORE...)
The Recovery High School catalyzed by SLAM will meet the needs of adolescents who are battling drug, alcohol and other addictive disorders, and are at a stage in their recovery where they are committed to staying clean and sober while attending and completing high school. (MORE...)
There are many pathways by which students and families will find their way to Recovery High School, and referrals will emanate from a wide range of agencies, professionals and counselors both locally and nationally. The behaviors associated with the adolescent’s drug use often determine their entry point into the system. (MORE...)
A specific number of continuous days of sobriety will be designated and required before a student can submit their application. A typical application package would require the following: (MORE...)
I. Preliminary Budget and Private Support
Part of the mission of SLAM is to provide support and quality professional assistance towards the creation and maintenance of a New York City Recovery High School. To date, SLAM has functioned exclusively on the individual contributions of board members and deeply interested individuals. Although, we are still in the planning phase, SLAM is confident it can raise funds and attract philanthropic assignments to fund the education and addiction experts and the full-time staff needed in a short amount of time.
How much will a recovery school cost annually?
Below outlines a preliminary estimated budget citing the cost for an annual budget for one school with 50-60 students, but is scalable.
A master schedule from the North Shore Recovery High School in Beverly, Massachusetts, can be provided as benchmarking from a successful school. Additionally, the community of Recovery High School administrators, educators and Board members are eager to support the creation of new schools and have offered to make themselves available for more detailed questions and, in some cases, to travel to NYC to support our efforts. (MORE...)
II. OPTIMAL SCHOOL SIZE
Through our discussions with other Recovery High Schools, we have learned that a community of 50-60 students may be optimal for success. A Recovery High School with 50 students requires, at minimum, five teachers including a special education teacher. The school can function without an assistant principal, but a part-time guidance counselor is needed to provide college advisement. update transcripts, schedule mandated exams, and prepare students’ transcripts for diploma certification. Two full-time social workers or substance-abuse counselors are needed to provide daily group and frequent individual counseling to students and their families. The two school aides are required to provide off-site food service and office support.
The Board of SLAM has explored various opportunities for space regardless of whether the school was private, public or charter. We believe that the school should occupy a whole medium-sized building similar in size to the Harvey Milk School. Following is a preliminary perspective on the minimum space requirement: (MORE...)