La Europa Academy
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FamilyLight sm holds La Europa Academy in high regard and expects to review it 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.

La Europa is an intensive Residential Treatment Center for teenage girls, with an arts emphasis. It is situated in what had been an ornate mansion then later a health spa, in a setting that blends with nature around it.  It is intended for girls who appreciate natural and architectural beauty and express themselves through the arts.  It is capable of working with girls with fairly significant emotional and psychological problems.

When our consultant, Tom Croke, visited La Europa, he commented to  the folks from CERTS who guided him, "It is like you read my mind on what I value in services when you designed this place."  We appreciate the quality and care that went into this program, as well as the humility and diligence of those at CERTS who created it and the other CERTS programs. 

We do not feel that his brief review does justice to the quality of La Europa.  We plan to re-visit this with greater detail in the near future.

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. 

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Last updated  3-1-09; minor edit March 3, 2009


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