826. Pillars of Hope

Pillars of Hope was a boarding school operating under the WWASP franchise. It was created after Academy at Dundee Ranch, which were located on the same address, was raided by the authorities.

Former students speak of schools in the franchise as private run prisons. It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.


825. Teen Mentor

Teen Mentor or Mentor Academy was a short-lived boarding school which was raided by the authorities in 2011. There were allogations of abuse involved in the decision to close down the school.

It seems that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.


824. Academy at Dundee Ranch

In 2003 PANI raided a boarding school named Academy at Dundee Ranch located in Costa Rica. The raid resulted in criminal charges but the trial had to be cancelled because many of the employees were foreigners who had left the country before the trial.

The academy was a franchise under the WWASP organization and with the closure after the raid, the school joined the list of so many schools operating in the same franchise which were closed by authorities in a number of countries.

It is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.


823. Revival Church Kawaala

Being a 15 year old looking for answers regarding religion, it would not be the best choice to go to Revival Church Kawaala. A young woman did and as result she was raped, she claimed. A lot of investigations were pending against the church but with the death of Pastor Augustine Yiga, only the future will show if the problems were due to him or the church in general.

However it is safe to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.


822. Børnehjemmet Strandberg

The childrens home Strandberg was located in Virum. It was a so-called Christian children’s home and it seems that the manager sometime weighed religion over mental diagnoses. The former manager died in 2014.

It could not have been fun to be placed there as a child in need of special professional care.


821. Windermere School

Windermere School is a boarding school founded in 1863. The price tag for a stay of a child is around 30,000 pounds per year. Unfortunately the price tag is no guarantee for a quality and supportive stay at the school. In 2020 a 14-year-old boy died after intense bullying. One example is that his his classmates smeared faeces on his pillow.

Short to say that it cannot be fun to be there as a student.


820. Camp E-Kel-Etu

Camp E-Kel-Etu was a wilderness program operating under the ownership of Eckerd Youth Alternatives. The company was founded by Jack and Ruth Eckerd.
In year 2000 a 12 year old boy died crushed to death by a 270 pound so-called counselor trying to restrain the boy. Legal loop holes cleared the employee of possible charges.
Years later not able to live on with the death of her son, the mother died.
In 2011 the camp closed.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

819. Havregaarden Kostskole

Havregaarden Kostskole is a boarding school used by the social services in Denmark. In 2020 a number of articles revealed conditions at the school which proved unacceptable and as result the authorities decided that the boarding school should closed.

There have been suicide attempts, sexual assaults among students, violence and illegal restraints at the school. The manager even dressed up as convicted submarine murderer Peter Madsen.

It could not have been fun to be at the school as a teenager.


818. Auldern Academy

Looking at feedbacks from students like Peyton’s

It’s taken me too long to write this post.. please do NOT send your daughter here. She will be stripped of her voice (emotionally and literally) and be taught that being herself is wrong. I spent a year too long here and I’ve been in trauma therapy ever since. They left me on Non-Communication (I cant speak to any staff or any one and have to write all words on a piece of paper) for months. I slept outside and pulled weeds all day instead of going to class. The staff was so mean, I watched a girl try to take her life because she hated it there. Everyone wanted to run away, it’s all we thought about. Please do not scar your children. There are much better options. I’m begging you.

and Harrison’s

In my opinion this place is not where I would recommend sending anyone. Especially not children! Terrible environment for children with a terrible staff. Kim Field and the rest of the staff is unprofessional and would not trust any of their employees around my children ever again. Definitely not worth the money to send your children here either. Please, please reconsider before sending your children here. There are plenty of better, cheaper, and trustworthy options for your children.

make you have your doubts about this facility. Combining that with testimonies from employees like this one from Glassdoor:

I worked at Auldern Academy part-time
Good mental health experience. Looks good on resume
High turnover rate, can be a high stress job

it makes it clear that it is a for-profit place as many other places run by Sequel Youth & Family Services. People are not there for the children. They are there to gain a footing in the line of business before they move on to work in an ordinary prison.
When employees moves away knowledge is lost and it makes it a not so funny place to be as a teenager.


Update 2021

It has been reported that the facility closed after reports of abuse made the owner Sequel Youth & Family Services lose enrollment in their facilities.

Auldern Academy in N.C. to close after reports of abuse (APM Reports)

817. Bryn Estyn care home

The Bryn Estyn care home which have been closed was in the news due to the trial against a former employee. The buildings now house a conference center named Erla Centre. Former employees were sentenced for offenses like violating boys as young as 12, offences of buggery, attempted buggery and indecent assault.

It is safe to conclude that it could not have been fun to be there as a child.