What is a recovery high school?


As defined by the national Association of Recovery Schools (ARS), a Recovery High School must “meet state requirements for awarding a secondary school diploma” and be “designed specifically for students recovering from substance use.” This includes requiring that all enrolled students be in recovery and working a program of recovery approved by the school. Recovery Schools are also prepared through policies, protocols and the hiring of qualified personnel to address the needs of students in crisis, therapeutic or other. To learn more about ARS, Recovery High Schools, and colleges that offer academic or sober living programs designed specifically for students recovering from substance use disorders, click here: https://recoveryschools.org




How are Florida Recovery Schools of Central Florida and Freedom Springs High School structured?


Florida Recovery Schools of Central Florida is a 501(c)(3). Freedom Springs High School is the DBA (Doing Business As) of Florida Recovery Schools of Centrla Florida and is registered as a private school with the Florida Department of Education.




What is the cost?


Thanks to the generosity of the Florida Recovery Schools of Central Florida donors to include the Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers there is no charge to attend any of our campuses.




How are academics structured?


Students are provided a hybrid educational model. Students will have support from a teacher in the classroom and support from teachers through their virtual classes.




Do students live there?


No students do not live on campus.




Is there transportation available?


Freedom Springs High School is virtual to assist families with overcoming the obstacle of transportation.




Do you drug test?


Yes, we hold our students accountable for their sobriety. A failed drug screen does not automatically result in expulsion but can be a sign that the student needs additional support.




What recovery support are provided?


Students will receive assistance in developing an individualized recovery plan. Our school will have multiple mutual aid groups available on a regular basis which gives students the opportunity to check in on each other about their goals, struggles and what support they need. Students will have a team of professionals supporting their recovery. Students will be encouraged to participate in activities that will build additional positive coping skills to include exercise, journaling, meditation, music, and art.




What evidence is there that sending my student to a recovery high school will help him or her?


A recent study from Finch, Tanner-Smith, Hennessey & Moburg demonstrated the effectiveness of recovery high schools. Promising research is emerging that shows that compared to students who have received substance use treatment then returned to non-recovery high schools, students in recovery schools:

  1. Have higher graduation rates (at least 20% higher than students who did not attend a recovery high school)
  2. Report significantly lower absenteeism
  3. Are more likely to abstain from using substances
  4. Have significantly fewer days using marijuana and other drugs
For additional research please visit: https://recoveryschools.org/research/




What about substance abstinence?


While new studies are occurring, most research done so far has been based on six-month studies, wherein recovery high school students were twice as likely (59% versus 30%) to report complete abstinence from alcohol, marijuana and other drugs at their six-month follow-ups.




How do I apply?


To apply for admissions, please click on our schools tab, and you will find additional information under admissions. Please contact our Executive Director Anna Reed at (407) 476-7512‬ or recoveryschool407@gmail.com for additional information.





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