Every stage of life brings exciting challenges as well as problematic obstacles. At Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning, we offer students a confidential and safe classroom to learn the necessary skills to manage.
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning began building its team of educational and mental health professionals in 2001. Students and families are offered a dedicated staff with specialized experience in Special Education, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychometry and Social Work.
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning is a privately operated school, licensed by the Ministry of Education, to provide educational programming for students from kindergarten to grade 8, who have exceptional treatment and behavioural needs.
At Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning, our primary goal is to provide children with opportunities for academic success and thereby create a positive attitude toward an environment that is often avoided, due to their previous negative experiences.
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning’s mission is to maintain the child’s academic placement through the development of therapeutic relationships, the application of behavioral management techniques, the implementation of individualized learning programs and continuous clinical and academic support.
Applewood Academy’s vision is that children with specialized treatment needs will have access to high quality, compassionate and therapeutic educational programming that allows for the simultaneous delivery of educational and therapeutic interventions.
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning has set its’ goals:
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning’s clients experience difficulties attending traditional academic placements. Often they are identified as having learning disabilities; mild intellectual defiencies; developmental disabilities; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; oppositional defiant disorder; conduct disorder or other emotional difficulties, such as, anxiety and sadness, which makes socializing very difficult.
The average client at Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning has had classroom experiences that are frequently characterized by peer conflict, teacher conflict, marginalization and failure. Resources for assisting our clients within traditional school settings are limited. It is also becoming increasingly difficult to secure and maintain placements within traditional academic settings.
As an alternative, maintaining a ‘home school’ program diminishes the client’s access to appropriate social experiences, limits the quality of instruction offered and further marginalizes the client. Home schooling over extended periods of time also places excessive strain on the parent-child relationship and increases the likelihood of family breakdowns.
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning provides short and long term educational / therapeutic programming for children in this situation, understands the challenges that families face with traditional academic settings and work with all members of a client’s treatment team, medical, psychological, and psychiatric to create a positive learning environment for the client and maximize the client’s learning potential.
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning is open to any child in need. Any parent or guardian in the community may refer their child to Applewood Academy.
On some occasions, Applewood Academy may provide educational assistance to students being treated at BridgeCross Center for Eating Disorders. In these circumstances, the student’s assigned worker at BridgeCross will liaise wit the Applewood Academy’s Director of Services to arrange for the type of academic support required. It is expected that residents at BridgeCross continue with academic programming through their home schools and these students are likely to work on their academic program at the BridgeCross Center, as opposed to at the school site.
In 1999, Mr. Jeffrey J. Waplak joined with Terry Stevenson to form Stevenson, Waplak & Associates. Stevenson, Waplak & Associates is a team of mental health professionals. Clients are offered a dedicated staff with specialized experience and designation in Psychiatry, Psychology, Counseling, Psychometry and Social Work. Stevenson, Waplak & Associates now provides services to more than 200 clients per year.
In 1999, Stevenson, Waplak & Associates‘ expertise in residential treatment was partnered with the residential management skills of Mr. Michael Schmidt to form Quinte Children’s Homes. Quinte Children’s Homes fashioned their program so that both primary care and treatment were delivered through Parent Therapists. Now, Quinte Children’s Homes helps more than 80 Children and Youth per year through its network of 35 Parent Therapy Foster Homes.
In 2002, Quinte Children’s Homes and Stevenson, Waplak & Associates developed a specialized Day Treatment Program and a partnership was created with Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning, to provide educational and day treatment services to clients unable to attend community schools. Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning now helps 20 to 30 children per school year to continue learning, while offering a treatment plan that addresses their emotional and behavioural problems, and charts a path for their return to community school.
In 2007, BridgeCross Residential and Outpatient Treatment Centre for Eating Disorders was developed in partnership with the clinical expertise of Stevenson, Waplak & Associates, the residential treatment expertise of Quinte Children’s Homes, and the educational expertise of Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning. It now provides residential treatment for 8 girls and young women in need of weight restoration and stabilization.