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Montcalm School. You’ll feel good about your choice. She’ll feel good about everything else.

Our program

Newton Cottage

a therapeutic boarding school where children thrive

Sensory Integration Room

Common primary diagnoses •


Anxiety Disorders – Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Asperger’s Syndrome (Outside In specific track)

Mood Disorders – Bipolar disorder, Depression

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Reactive Attachment Disorder

This program treats Dual Diagnoses; some students carry a secondary diagnosis of substance abuse

I.Q. •

Low average – superior I.Q.

Presenting problems Family issues •

Adoption/attachment issues

Authority issues

Family conflict

Behavioral issues •

Anger management


Self-harming behaviors

Low self-esteem



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Social isolation

Negative peer associations


Physical aggression (mild to moderate)

Suicidal thoughts, statements and gestures

Poor coping skills

Trauma issues

Poor social skills

Verbal aggression



Learning difficulties At Montcalm School the classroom is an opportunity, not an obstacle. We help students get back on track academically. We do it by taking the time to understand how a child learns, how they approach a task, what they like and they don’t. This assessment helps us to identify non-traditional solutions for each individual’s learning style. •

Executive functioning issues

Processing issues

Learning disability

School problems

Low motivation


Nonverbal learning disorder

Sensory integration issues

Our typical student At Montcalm School, we specialize in working with boys ages 12-21 and girls ages 12-18 throughout our four different programs. All of the students placed in Montcalm have experienced some type of emotional and behavioral difficulties. Many of the families have attempted to seek alternative help in a less restrictive setting for their child, prior to placing at Montcalm.

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Therapeutic boarding school Montcalm School for Boys (12-21 years) • Montcalm School for Girls (12-18 years) • Outside In – for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (12-21 years) • Crossroads – structured therapeutic living for young adults (18-21 years) •

Our philosophy We look for what's possible, not for what's wrong. For every perceived weakness, we see a strength. The belief in the goodness of every child forms the foundation of our strengths-based treatment approach. We use the power of a positive peer group to create an environment that encourages dignity, self-esteem and mutual support and respect. Our treatment teams utilize several modalities to assist our students in learning problem solving and decision making skills, as well as emotional and behavioral regulation. Our students not only take their journeys through Montcalm, but find their way back to their families, where peace, trust and healthy relations are once again restored.

To find out more or to schedule a campus tour, visit us at To inquire about our program and services, you can call toll free at 866.244.4321.

866.244.4321 Montcalm School is SEVIS approved. Montcalm School is a private program of Starr Commonwealth, trusted since 1913.

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