Eckerd's E-Nini-Hassee Outdoor Therapeutic School for Girls delivers fully-accredited education and counseling services in a therapeutic outdoor environment that fosters personal growth. At E-Nini-Hassee, the Eckerds created a positive, strength-based environment. Students are able to see adults role modeling appropriate behaviors, learn in an educational setting with passionate teachers and participate in therapeutic outdoor adventures during their time at the school. E-Nini-Hassee helps girls fully realize the potential that already exists within them.
E-Nini-Hassee was founded in 1969 by philanthropists Jack and Ruth Eckerd. Today, E-Nini-Hassee remains the most established and trusted outdoor therapeutic school for girls in all of the southeastern United States. It is also consistently identified as one of the most effective programs of its kind.
Admissions are evaluated according to these guidelines, but also on a case-by-case basis: 12 – 18 years of age Evidence of ability to benefit from peer and/or adult relationships Capacity to relate to the concept of “cause and effect” Demonstrated behavioral problems of such magnitude that continuation in the home environment is no longer a feasible or practical option unless significant intervention takes place.
Exclusionary criteria include: Girls who have acute substance abuse issues requiring detoxification Girls who are pregnant Girls who have extreme medical conditions prohibiting safe participation in an adventure-based outdoor setting Admissions are accepted year-round on a rolling basis.
Outdoor therapeutic boarding school.