The Klahre House Alternative School uses a combination of experiential and student-centered approaches to treatment and education in order to engage youth in their learning. Students enjoy class sizes of 5-8 students which allow their teachers to create hands-on individualized curricula that honor students’ personal diversity and encourage them to explore their own passions while learning.
Over the past few years the Klahre House School has worked to incorporate experiential and democratic education into both the classrooms and the program at large. During that time students have participated in a team building and challenge course curriculum, a community mosaic art project, and a school wide experiential watershed education and restoration project.
In the classroom, teachers collaborate with students to explore decision-making experientially through a collaborative governing council to facilitate student empowerment and ownership in the school, a Klahre House magazine, Vox Juvenis, to give voice to student expression and concern, and a school garden-to-table program to give youth ownership over their food and health choices.
The Klahre House offers students standard or proficiency credit options to pursue a high school diploma through Hood River School District or paths to pursue a GED.
The Klahre House teaching staff is a highly collaborative team that often engages in team teaching and school wide projects. The school takes their teaching philosophy inspiration from a hybrid of ELOB, Democratic, Big Picture and Essential School models.
At the Day Treatment Center, professional staff members provide a safe and caring therapeutic environment where young people begin to heal. We use a variety of approaches, including many evidence-based groups, in working with young people.
The Community Attention Homes program helps youth at risk needing higher levels of care. The 90-day evaluation program includes comprehensive assessments, short-term mental health services and foster home placement.
The Crisis Shelter takes in temporarily homeless youth who have not committed any crime on a 24-hour basis. Care is offered in specially trained homes in Hood River and Wasco counties.
Through the Therapeutic Foster Care program, local teenagers and children who have been acting out sexually in inappropriate ways are assessed and given intensive treatment lasting 6 months to 2 years. These teens and children are often placed in foster homes during their treatment. Those who complete treatment are far less likely to commit similar offenses again.
Our Executive Director frequently writes the stories of Treatment Services in her blog.
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