The River Oak Center offers students an opportunity to grow
(academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually) by integrating the
principles of recovery into daily education.
The Center integrates a high school academic curriculum with
the development of supportive life skills necessary for students in recovery
from alcohol and substance use. All program staff are certified educators and
specialists who are responsible for providing appropriate academic programming
and oversight both in and outside of school. Students are referred by schools,
family members, courts and other state agencies, drug and alcohol treatment
agencies, other community based youth programs, and residential programs.
Prospective students must interview with the River Oak team prior to admission.
In addition, students must achieve sobriety prior to attending River Oak and
must consent to participate in random drug testing while enrolled. Students
must also be committed to working an outside plan of recovery and must
demonstrate commitment to academic achievement in pursuit of a high school
“giving back” is a core step of the 12-step program, and research has shown
that it has a positive impact on a student’s personal, social and cognitive
YOGA - Certified
Yoga instructor is on campus 2 times a week allowing students to participate in
an age and ability appropriate class
Weight Training -
Students go off campus weekly to do weight training at a neighborhood High
Students go off campus once a week to work in the Arlington Community Garden
growing food for the Arlington Community food bank for families in need.
After School Program
- Students participate in sports, group, and field trips in our program that
meet s 2 times a week. Our instructional model engages students. Teachers use textbook and online curricula,
increased small group and one-on one instruction, and classroom management
techniques to support students individually while others work independently. Our student enrollment is designed to be
small, so there are mixed-grade levels in each classroom
- All Students receive an individual learning plan
designed around their needs and goals.
- Our staff is well-versed in serving students
with diverse learning styles and providing enrichment and remediation for
learning differences as necessary. They come with years of experience in
teaching in school communities with diverse learners.
- Our instructional model requires that teachers
scaffold lessons and assignments based on grade and developmental abilities. To
that end, our staff uses research-based practices proven to meet the needs of
diverse populations, including:
- Before-learning strategies, such as activating
prior knowledge and assessment of pre-skills;
- Attention to sequencing of information;
- Assessing the need for direct instruction and
need for enrichment;
- Direct instruction of learning strategies;
- Use of graphic organizers and study guides.
While the academic education is our paramount objective we
recognize time during the school day for the development of tools and
strategies for maintaining sobriety will help our students succeed on the
life-long road to recovery as they continue to live, work, and play in their
Our Clinical Director and counselors facilitate daily group
support meetings, offer strategies for building the resilience to bounce back
from the disappointment and stress of everyday life that can trigger a relapse.
Meet with our instructional staff routinely to provide
updates on our students, and provide on-site crisis counseling and referrals
for long-term individual and family therapy when needed.
Counseling: Upon enrollment at ROC, each student works in
collaboration with the school’s Recovery Counselor to develop his or her
own individualized recovery plan. The Recovery Counselor, a licensed
substance abuse mental health professional, meets regularly with the
students to monitor and provide counseling regarding their recovery.
Groups: All ROC students participate in two Recovery
focused groups per week. During these groups students, can reflect on
their experiences in recovery. In addition, they receive information on
various psycho-educational aspects of addiction as well as exposure to the
concepts of the 12 Step Program.
Self-Help Meeting: Every week all ROC students participate
in a student run self-help meeting. This meeting follows the AA speaker
meeting format and is intended to give students additional exposure to
various self-help programs and the 12-step model.
Drug Testing: To ensure that River Oak Center remains a
safe and sober environment, students are required to submit to random drug
testing on a weekly basis.
Culture: River Oak Center incorporates a strong peer
culture in which all students identify as having an addiction and commit
to supporting their fellow students as they face the challenges associated
with early recovery.