Student Assistance for Underachieving Boys
Personalized & Customized Student Support
Because of the emphasis our mission gives to working with underachieving high school boys, we provide support to enable our students to find success: academically, emotionally, physically and socially.
An essential part of life at Grand River Academy is our strong Student Assistance Program (SAP).
The program is a service designed to help underachieving boys.
The SAP allows school personnel to identify and report any issues; including alcohol, drugs, mental health and behavioral issues in school and at home, which could pose a barrier to a student’s learning and school success.
The primary goal of the SAP is to help young men overcome these barriers in order for them to achieve and advance.
The SAP at Grand River uses a systematic process, along with specially trained school personnel (Care Team) to intervene and refer these students to appropriate in-school or community services.
Thomas Polak conducts individual counseling sessions with students four days a week during the school day. In addition, he co-facilitates after school support groups in social skills, self-esteem, anger management, and after-care.
Scott Schlachter, ACSW, LISW, is a licensed clinical social worker in mental health who visits campus throughout the week. He provides individual student therapy and an after school educational and intervention program (Eduvention). Scott also facilitates an aftercare program that deals with drug and alcohol issues. Scott is also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Urine screens are done on a random basis, per counselor recommendations, and also as a referral through our Care Team. Grand River Care Team reviews all concerns, from faculty, staff, parents, friends, and peers. Students are discussed on an individual basis and a plan is developed to meet the student’s personal needs. This plan may include counseling, drug testing, 12-step meetings, parent conferences or other options.
Many of our students benefit from the Student Assistance Program. Along with students coming from traditional public and private schools, some of our boys come from different therapeutic, emotional growth and wilderness programs. These students are able to use supports available to transition from past programs to Grand River and eventually on to college. Students from therapeutic and wilderness programs start with a strong support plan individually designed by the SAP coordinator in conjunction with past counselors.
The boys are encouraged to attend weekly “mini-meetings” and monthly dinner support meetings. The students are able to talk with one another about things that may be going on in their lives. They can often be seen on campus as peer advisors, mentors and strong leaders.
With the Academy’s comprehensive Student Assistance Program and the supportive academic structure in a traditional college-prep school atmosphere, students are able to experience success and gain acceptance into the college of their choice.