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This organization is one that FamilyLightsm holds in high regard and expects to review in more detail soon. We hope to have that on the web by summer '09, perhaps sooner if we get a response to our questionnaire soon; perhaps later if we do not. 

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FamilyLightsm is an educational consulting firm specializing in work with families with a young person with behavioral, emotional or psychological difficulties.  We offer in-depth personal guidance to families on a fee basis and free guidance on the internet. FamilyLightsm attempts to be fully objective and accepts no advertising nor referral fees.

Briefly,  CERTS (Certified Educational, Recreational, and Therapeutic Schools and Programs) is a company operating a small group of therapeutic schools and one transitional school in Utah, currently, with possible plans to expand into other states.   

We at FamilyLightsm have a very positive opinion of this organization.  Having now visited all of their schools and programs, we see extraordinarily high quality and consistency and operation closer to our Guidelines that any other chain of schools.   

Currently CERTS operates three Residential Treatment Centers for girls, and one co-educational transitional boarding/preparatory school.  The Residential Treatment Centers are La Europa Academy, Moonridge Academy, Kolob Canyon Residential Treatment Center. The transitional boarding school is Mountain Springs Preparatory Academy.  We are highly impressed by the quality of these facilities. However they are not for everyone. It is important to explore the match between your child and the facility you are considering before enrolling. 

While you wait for us to present a more complete review, please look around this website.  Look at our Guidelines -- a fairly comprehensive statement of what we believe quality is all about.  If you come to a search and planning process with limited experience, this is an opportunity for you to find some principles to measure schools and programs against.

Keep coming back to see the updates. Look at "What's New" (Announcements).  In spring of 2009 we expect to have returns from schools, programs, and related organizations published, giving deeper insight into these than has ever been available on the web before. 

Official web site of CERTS

Review of Kolob Canyon Residential Treatment Center

Review of LaEuropa Academy

Review of Moonridge Academy

Review of Mountain Springs Preparatory Academy

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Feedback is invited. We will publish feedback in good taste.  Email FamilyLightResponse@yahoo.com

Disclaimer: No  program review, no matter how positive, is a blanket endorsement. No criticism is a blanket condemnation.  When we express our level of confidence in a school or program, that is our subjective opinion with which others might reasonably disagree.  When we assert something as fact, we have done our best to be accurate, but we cannot guarantee that all of our information is accurate and up to date. When we address compliance with our guidelines, you need to remember that these are only OUR guidelines -- not guidelines from an official source.  We have also set the bar very high, and do not expect any school or program to be in total compliance.  It is not appropriate to draw a conclusion of impropriety (or even failure to live up to conventional wisdom) from our lack of confidence in a school or program or from less than perfect conformity to our guidelines.  Some will say we expect too much. Readers are responsible for verifying accuracy of information supplied here prior to acting upon it. We are not responsible for inaccuracies.

Last updated  3-1-09; Minor edits 7-14-09



 


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