While the Summit School at Nyack is open 365 days per year, many of the residential students return home regularly for weekends and school breaks.
We believe an essential element for our students’ growth is the ability to continually practice the life skills learned at Summit in their home environment, giving the opportunity to conquer difficulties that previously led to residential placement.
Setting the Stage for Successful Transition
Social workers maintain contact and provide support to family members to establish effective home rules and predictable responses to problematic circumstances. Parents are empowered to make the decision for home visitation, thus demonstrating to their children that they are ready and capable of making decisions that are in their child’s best interest. Confidence for both the students and families builds up through repeated home visits, ultimately setting the stage for a successful transition back to home when the time comes for graduation or a return to the local school district.
Flexible Choices During Home Visits
At times, home visits are not practical or appropriate for Summit students. Students may hold local jobs, have far to travel, or not yet be in the position to experience success while at home. Students remaining at Summit on weekends or school breaks enjoy the ability to interact with a smaller group of students. A modified recreational schedule is maintained throughout these time periods, as well as additional free time on campus that is typically enjoyed in adolescence.