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Oct. 26, 2020 – The school will be on Wellspring’s Farmington Hills campus, but it is open to students from across the state.
The 80-acre campus includes a library, computer lab, gymnasium, weight room, dining hall, auditorium, art studio, ball fields and a running track.
The campus has the capacity to serve up to 120 students, grades 9-12.
Gehm says the goal is for students to maintain sobriety and earn a high school diploma.
According to Wellspring Lutheran Services, the Recovery High School model made it’s first appearance in the late 1970’s.
There are still fewer than 40 recovery high schools in the United States, according to the National Association of Recovery Schools.
Recovery schools help students find their way to recovery by:
Providing smaller classrooms with instructors who build and reinforce a recovery-oriented culture.
Customizing workloads to respond to the academic challenges that are common among recovering students.
Providing a range of recovery-enabling enrichment activities, such as daily meetings with recovery counselors, onsite 12-step meetings and available peer supports.
Creating a welcoming environment where students are encouraged to be open about relapse (when it occurs) rather than hiding from it.