We do Whatever it Takes to help youth succeed

Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of Lake Placid, New York, Mountain Lake Children's Residence, home of Mountain Lake Academy, a not for profit organization founded in 1999, and New York State Department of Education approved school offers exceptional academic and treatment programs tailored to the social-emotional and educational needs of adolescent males, ages 12-21. Students enter our programs with a history of significant challenges in school, at home, and /or within their community. Students are typically referred to our program by the Committees on Special Education, Department of Social Services or Office of Children and Family Services.

Mountain Lake is one of the smallest residential therapeutic programs in New York State with 44 students and the only program of its kind within the Adirondack Park. We do "Whatever It Takes" to help young men turn their lives around. Through our small number of students and a high staff-to-student ratio, we have the capacity to foster strong relationships with our students, the foundation from which our successful therapeutic process is grounded. Professional educators, clinicians and residential counselors work as a team to assist young men in taking control of their lives. Our multi-disciplinary approach seamlessly integrates academics, adventure-based and therapeutic wilderness activities, and clinical and residential services, delivered in a highly structured, yet nurturing environment. Through individualized therapeutic programming and staff facilitated group interaction, Mountain Lake empowers students to make positive lifestyle choices, achieve their academic potential, build character, acquire appropriate and effective social skills, and develop higher self-esteem and a more positive self-concept. Students who complete our program have gone on to experience tremendous intellectual growth and lead more fulfilling and self-directed lives, living in harmony with their families and communities.


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