About California Leadership Academy
Our academy goes beyond a regular boarding school, and even beyond typical therapeutic boarding schools. Our goal is not only to achieve a behavioral change in the teens, but to reconnect them with their family, empower their unique qualities and strengths, help them achieve academic success and prepare them to be empathic, honest and strong leaders. To accomplish these goals, we have designed a program that involves essential elements in the development of every teenager
We encourage CLA students to polish their talents and come out of their comfort zone by expressing artistically with activities like music, poetry and dance. Also, we motivate them to practice spirituality through workshops and events, and help them develop empathy through participating in community service and fund-raising events for nonprofit organizations.
We Teach Leadership and Accountability
California Leadership Academy is a structured boarding school serving teenagers who have taken some wrong turns in their lives. Our campus culture is focused around a daily balanced atmosphere of Accountability, Personal Health, Hard Work, Service to Others and Leadership.
We believe that teaching leadership and strong academics provides an all-empowering platform and foundation for a strong future. Our professional team is trained to help break down the various issues or challenges in each teen’s life and focuses on solving one aspect at a time.
As time goes on, leadership characteristics emerge to the surface and become a foundational strength for them to build upon. We help these youth restart their lives and, in turn, reconnect to and become whole and healthy again with the relationships they have with their families.
Our Duty to You and Your Teen
If your desire is, “I can’t wait to have my child healthy, happy and back home with the family again,” then CLA is just the place to make that happen.
We believe our duty is to see the teen and the family as a whole unit once again. We’re looking long range for you. We intend to develop a partnership with the family as a whole, which includes your child. This means from the first day that your child is enrolled your entire family will also be enrolled as key members of the recovery team. At first this can be uncomfortable for your child, though in their heart they know it means you care enough to be involved and support them. Once they recognize that you are in synch with the game plan and are committed to keeping them here long enough to see real change, they’ll stop hiding their feelings and stop blaming others for their actions. Instead, they will open up their heart and mind to the solutions we provide.
CLA is not merely a place to “Come drop your child off and we will call you when he is ready.” The family is involved each step of the way. And this will be a powerful wake-up call to your child, as they recognize that dynamics have changed drastically. They have lost the patent on control. The family has chosen this step to right itself and bring back balance and sanity at home.
Our psychotherapeutic program is designed to change behavior from the root, by solving emotional conflicts behind bad behavior, striving at the same time to achieve emotional resilience. At the same time our Academic program allows teens to get back on their feet and catch up with any pending credits and helps them elevate their GPA.
Believing that a healthy mind rests in a healthy body, we include fitness and sports as an important part of our program and we implement them daily, while taking great care of their nutrition.
What is your policy on students contacting their parents?
Students can talk to their family in family phone call time (time depending on the level). They may also communicate through letter writing (every week), family therapy or family seminars. Parents may visit at any time. Video (SKYPE) calls may also be allowed with family members.
What is your staff background check policy?
All staff members without exception have a criminal background check facilitated by the state government which issues a non-criminal background document. They are all psychologically tested and must have all their certifications to practice in order, depending on the position they apply for. We hire people who love what they do. Once they are hired, they will be tested for a 2-month period, then another contract is written for another 3-month period before they are hired permanently.
What does success look like at CLA?
A successful CLA student is a teen who can reintegrate with their family and socially in a healthy, responsible manner. He or she exerts qualities of positive leadership, empathy and honesty. He or she shows critical thinking and good self-esteem. He or she has a clear life objective and works actively for the goals set themselves. He or she has a positive self image, self respect and is conscious of the importance of them. He or she is tobacco-, alcohol- and drug-free and knows to stay away from environments and people that promote them. He or she shows respect for authorities and tries hard in school. Finally, he or she is a happy, healthy kid who is excited about the future.