New Leaf Academy

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New Leaf Academy
Bend, Oregon
United States
Type private therapeutic boarding school
Opened 1997
NCES School ID A9903539[1]
Executive Director Craig Christiansen
Gender All-girls
Age range 10 - 14 at time of enrollment
Enrollment 16[1]
Accreditations NWAC, CARF

New Leaf Academy is a private therapeutic boarding school in Bend, Oregon, enrolling girls ages 10 to 15.[2] The school is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools. It is a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP).[3] The school houses up to 30 students at a time.

The school's program is intended to meet the special needs of younger girls experiencing emotional or behavioral problems. Girls attend year-round, typically for 12 to 18 months, before returning to regular schools. The school's behavior modification program consists of three levels called StarStep, which is based on the work of developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst Erik Erikson.[4]


New Leaf Academy of Oregon was founded in 1997 by Craig and Christy Christiansen.[3][5] In 2004, it was acquired by Aspen Education Group, which operated the school until 2011.[5] In March 2011, Aspen announced that it was restructuring and would close New Leaf Academy of Oregon as well as other schools and programs.[6] In June 2011, it was announced that the school's original owners, Craig and Christy Christiansen, were acquiring the school from Aspen and assuming responsibility for its continuing operation.[5]

North Carolina campus[edit]

A Hendersonville, North Carolina campus of New Leaf Academy was established in 2005 and operated until June 2010.[7][8][9] Aspen announced that The Talisman School would open on its campus in August 2010 to enroll youth with Asperger's and other autism spectrum disorders.[9] New Leaf's North Carolina director, Cat Jennings, planned to become head of Lake House Academy.[9] Twenty-seven students remaining at New Leaf were to be sent to New Leaf in Oregon and to Aspen's Bromley Brook School in Vermont.[9] In March 2011, Aspen announced that it was restructuring and would close New Leaf Academy in Oregon as well as Bromley Brook School in Vermont and other programs.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for New Leaf Academy". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Oregon campus on Google Maps
  3. ^ a b 2011 NATSAP Directory, National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs website, accessed August 19, 2011
  4. ^ Program description from the homepage of the facility
  5. ^ a b c New Leaf Academy to Remain Open, Woodbury Reports, June 13, 2011
  6. ^ a b Aspen Education Group To Restructure Programs, Aspen Education Group press release, published on Woodbury Reports website, March 24, 2011.
  7. ^ Tom Croke, New Leaf Academy -- North Carolina, Family Light blog, accessed July 14, 2010
  8. ^ Tom Croke, Enough, Already! -- Aspen Again, Family Light blog, May 2010. Accessed July 14, 2010
  9. ^ a b c d Aspen Education Group Announces Program Conversion, Will Open Talisman School in August 2010, Aspen Education Group press release, May 17, 2010

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