King George School
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School now closed as of August, 2011
This program is one that FamilyLight sm 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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King George School is owned and operated by Universal Health Services, Inc.
Briefly, King George is a unique school. It combines the best of the emotional growth tradition, high quality therapeutics, and a special emphasis on the arts. The arts infusion program is the signature item at King George. A student who enjoys expression in some area of the arts will find this energizing and will discover that it can truly be the reason for enjoying being at this school. This does not require exceptional talent. It only requires that a student enjoys some area within the arts and that it is a positive vehicle for expression. On the other hand, King George School is probably not appropriate for a student who does not enjoy the arts.
Dr. Alan Zaur, their lead psychiatrist is an outstanding psychiatrist to whom we have referred for people not connected to King George. We have recently been dealing with two different therapists who have been extremely effective with two very complex students. One is complex because of resistance; the other due to complexity.
King George is in the first year of working with its new executive director, Dr. David Hans. Dr. Karen Fitzhugh, the person who rescued the school at the time of the Cedu/Brown Schools bankruptcy and built the quality of the therapeutic side of the school is a tough act to follow. Having dealt with Dr. Hans on several occasions, we believe he is rising to the occasion.
King George offers a full college preparatory program of studies. Like most therapeutic schools, it does not have a wide course selection, but covers all of the main courses including math through calculus and foreign languages with a full program in French, a modified program in Spanish (ask the school for particulars on that) and independent study in a number of languages.
Arts include all forms of studio art, plus music, dance and theater. They have until recently had instruction in contemporary guitar, in a style that is profoundly non-classical. We hope they will bring that back in the very near future.
The strength of this school is in its personality and character. It is hard to describe that in a way that communicates adequately. However, King George School's own website does that job (with its artistic flair) better than we are able to do. To fully appreciate King George School, perhaps a campus visit is the only way.
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 4-19-09; closed announcement added 8-22-11
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