Education is a focal point of treatment throughout all Residential Services. Cumberland Academy, a state-approved on-site school, is an extension of treatment with special education teachers continuing the positive reinforcement and other behavioral management techniques in the classroom. Each resident’s educational services, like his or her treatment plan, is individualized. Residents participate in a minimum of 5.5 hours of academics spread throughout their day. Classes are small to allow for specialized attention. All teachers are experienced in working with students who have learning disabilities, emotional disturbances and other health impairments.
Textbook learning is augmented with a variety of hands-on experiences, including community-based education and activities to help residents who have difficulty focusing on tasks maintain an interest in learning. Computers, modern educational videos and interactive electronics are tools used to help residents become excited about learning. The acres of woods and lakes on the hospital grounds provide an outdoor learning environment for numerous subjects.