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Our Students

Our students are among those who struggle with traditional learning environments. Due to a myriad of circumstances, students are referred to us to address their unique learning and social needs. At Mountain Lake Academy we take a holistic approach to education. We are equipped to deal with the ever-evolving dynamics of the student experience.  As such, we invite you to partner with us to ensure the well-being of your child. We invite you to call or email for more information.   

New York State-Approved

Mountain Lake Academy offers state-of-the-art program facilities, with highly trained staff, to meet the diverse needs of students and families. We are a New York State-approved organization which gives us the ability to offer best-in-class resources without the burden of cost to you. Whether it be in the classroom, in our community living spaces, on our high ropes course, or on our 80 acres of trails, we are committed to providing the best possible experience to members of our educational community. We believe that excellent care should be accessible to every person, and we will do whatever it takes to help students succeed both in our program and at home. 

Admissions Process

Our Admissions team is available to guide you through the referral process on weekdays from 8am-5pm.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. 


Referral packets can only originate from sponsoring school districts (CSE), county of residence (DSS), or state agencies.  Our Admissions team evaluates the following documents when considering prospective students:


  • Hospitalization Discharge Reports

  • Psychiatric/Diagnostic Report

  • Neuropsychiatric Report

  • Psychological Testing/Report

  • Court/Probation Documents

  • Medication Scripts

  • Immunization Records

  • IEP

  • Behavioral Reports

  • Attendance Records

  • Current Report Card

  • Academic Transcript

  • Psychoeducational Report

  • Social History Report

  • Discharge Summary of Past Programs

Upon receiving your referral, our Admissions Committee will complete a holistic review to determine one's appropriateness for residential placement at Mountain Lake Academy.  If we are able to meet the student's therapeutic and academic needs, their family will be invited to participate in a screening interview and a campus tour.


Once a referred student has completed a screening interview and has been notified of their acceptance, the family can complete our Admissions Packet to get started on the road to a better tomorrow. 

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Tyler Socash, MS School Counseling
Admissions Director

518-523-4300 x 119


Meeting our admissions team provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable insights into our program and the application process, ensuring a smooth and informed journey toward your educational goals.

Our team is committed to making your transition into our programming as seamless and enjoyable as possible, ensuring that you have all the information and support you need. We look forward to meeting you and being a part of your journey.


Matthew Marshall, BSW
Admissions Counselor

518-523-4300 x 129


Kathleen Foster, LCSW
Guidance & Admissions Counselor
518-523-4300 x 125

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