Archive | January 2015

316. Mount Bachelor Academy

Mount Bachelor Academy was the flag-ship of the soon extinct Aspen Education Group. Based on the CEDU model it was founded in 1987. The therapy system was kind of psychodrama invented by the religious Synanon community.

Modern therapy regards this type of therapy as outdated and potential emotional damaging. At Mount Bachelor Academy they stuck to this old model and as result the authorities closed the school in 2009. Various lawsuits were settled out of court as late as in 2014.

In 1998 a boy died at the facility.

It didn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.


315. Jasper Mountain

Jasper Mountain is a treatment facility in Oregon. They were founded in 1982.

A lawsuit mentions several incidents with broken bones.

It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager


314. Crater Lake School

Crater Lake School was marketed as a therapeutic boarding school. It was open from 1997 to 2004. It was opened by the very woman who ran Camp O’neal which was known for the death of several people in 1990 near Convict Lake.

The woman was banned from running a program in California and moved to Oregon.

The operations of school was not without issues. There were several incidents where the authorities had to intervene.

In the end the management gave up and closed the school.

It didn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.


313. Catherine Freer Wilderness Program

This wilderness program located in Oregon closed in 2012. Before they closed they managed to lose 3 teenagers. Teens who never survived participating in the hikes the company arranged.

Another teenager was hurt during a trip. A German Television company used the program for one of their shows with disputed outcome.

It didn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.


Update 2020

The founder Rob Cooley died 2018. Further research shows that he had to retire his license due to him engaging in verbal communications that were offensive to certain female staff under his supervision and which violated Oregon Statutes relative to unprofessional conduct and the Ethical Principles of Psychologists precept regarding avoiding harm.


Oregon psychologist Robert Cooley retires license on charges of unprofessional conduct (

312. Academy at Sisters

This boarding school is located in Oregon.

A review on Yelp states:

I’m not sure what happened to the other one star review but here’s my opinion and I’m sure I will get backlash from some ex academy girls for it. How about instead of wasting $5,000 a month to send your kid away you use that money for lots of therapy, supervision and take time off work to spend with them which is probably what they need. If you want your kid to become a teen parent that you have to support for years to come or end up in jail for drug use or DUI then you can send your kid here. The few of us that didn’t become teen parents and dnt use drugs have serious emotional hurtles and destroyed relationships with our parents. Now I’m paying for therapy for my dads $100,000 mistake. I think he has finally started to kick himself for his decision. Just don’t do it. You will regret it.

It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.


311. Palmer drug abuse program

This rehab program was inspired by Bob Meehan.

It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.


310. Four Winds Ranch

This facility has been used in relation with the entertainment show Dr. Phil. It has also been used as a kind of dumping place for children in relation with the religious Scientology movement.

It doesn’t seem like a fun place to be as a teenager.


309. Pathway Family Center

Pathway Family Center in Indiana was a spin-off based of the teachings of Straight Inc. known to be one of the most abusive rehab programs invented through the 1980’s in the war on drugs. While some of the aspects of the original program were watered down the program still caused emotional damage by the youth who was so unfortunate to end up in it.

The program didn’t enroll teenagers proved to be addicts in their scam based on positive drug tests but teenagers suspected of abuse. As result teenagers were suspected to undergo treatment for something they didn’t need. Needless to say that it could not be fun to be there as a teenager.


308. Mount Vernon Middle School

At Mount Vernon Middle School they allowed teachers not too fond of Darwin’s theories. In fact one teacher found it necessary to brand students then the answers to his question didn’t live up to his expectations.

It is safe to say that it could not be fun to go to this school while such employees are hired. Recent newspapers articles speak of a clean-up, so hopefully things have improved. But because the administration failed to protect the students in time, the school is on this blog.


307. The Red Deer Residential School (1893-1919)

I received a mail regarding “Secret Prisons for Teens” post about the Florida killer school which is also listed on this blog. Other now closed school also buried children who died in their care quickly so no questions could be asked.

In this case from Canada they have an abandoned cemetery at the site of the former Red Deer Residential School in Canada. There could be 20 children buried there. There could be 40 children buried there. None knows. Back then the parents often only learned that their child had died when they came to pick up their child before holiday.

It doesn’t sound like it was a fun place to be as a teenager.