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Parents and Students

MJONES La may work particularly well for:

  • The student who is “floating along” in high school, “doing fine,” but who would thrive, if given the opportunity to be in the “driver’s seat”
  • The student who has experienced a traumatic loss or has been adopted
  • The student who has a career, an athletic or musical talent, or a health-related issue that makes attending a regular school difficult
  • The student who loves to read or loves to learn, but does not like school
  • The student who is transitioning from a wilderness program, residential school, or a home schooling situation
  • The student who is extremely bright, talented, or gifted and feels personal academic needs are not being met
  • The student who deals with issues such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder
  • The student who is ready to take college classes before completing high school
  • The student who has tried three or four other high schools and never found the right fit
  • The student who recently graduated from high school and does not feel adequately prepared for college
  • The student who wants personal attention included with the “individualized studies” package

What are the Basic Elements of the  Program?

  • Our youth services involve an array of activities designed to help students make productive use of time, as an alternative to destructive social behaviors. Most of these activities are options. All youth services help students build developmental assets and essential skills that extend beyond the scope of general education.
  • Our high school program provides individualized instruction for every student with an environment that is welcoming, healing, supportive and rigorous, coupled with the external environment filled with valuable resources and meaningful experiences.
  • Wellness is the foundation on which solid academics are built. Therapy is not required for all Catalyst students. However, for some students it is important. Simply stated: we build your program to suit your needs.

Students: When should I consider joining a program?

Check them out for yourself. Don’t make a decision until you look at a minimum of three options. Spend at least an hour talking to the admissions counselor at each one. Also, talk to a minimum of three or four students and spend plenty of time walking around each school. Then, come visit Catalyst. While you are here, ask yourself:
• Do I feel comfortable here?
• Do the teachers really care about me, personally?
• Will I be challenged here?
• Will I work on my most important needs first and directly, or will I jump into classes hoping that everything will work out eventually?
• How much control will I have over my educational life? Will it help me keep control over my personal life, or will it feed into similar problems I’ve had in the past?
• When I have completed the graduation requirements, will I be prepared to do what I want to do next, attend college or a get a job?