The Deck House School is
a small residential high school for boys who have struggled in the academic mainstream. Students and staff work together to create a community that builds positive relationships and encourages social, emotional, and academic growth.
Our own counseling, which is inherent in our daily life rather than overt, does not stress what has gone before, but aims at the encouragement of firm values and a positive self-image for the future. Daily opportunities exist for the development of these values not only in assigned tasks but in close relationships between individual students. We encourage openness and candor, although we are not confrontational. Our fundamental principle is trust
a trust that is offered freely at first and nurtured by the developing citizenship of the student.
It has been our experience that in many cases, inadequate attention is given to students who are dismissed from secondary schools. Often times the proposed solution is ill-adapted to the specific needs of the individual. We have found that what young men in this position generally need is an improved self-image, the opportunity to succeed both socially and academically and the close attention of a few concerned competent adults.
We have also found that among such boys in our environment a positive peer pressure develops which not only helps prevent serious discipline problems within the community, but also provides supportive friendships for these students who are feeling rejection because of perceived failure by school, parents or both.
|The Deck House School|
|Who We Are|
|A Brief History|
|Faculty and Staff|
|A Student's Viewpoint|
|Building for the Future|