We recognize that all adolescent girls and family circumstances are unique. Therefore, finding academic/therapeutic choices that fit your needs is important.

A full one year therapeutic boarding school enrollment may not match your calendar, budget, or your daughter’s therapeutic path. If so, the GBA Semester Forward Program may be a great choice for your family. This unique choice cannot be found elsewhere.

What is the semester forward program?

Our 4-Month Semester Forward Program is a concentrated and intense program with powerful therapeutic and academic benefits for a girl who is ready and willing to work hard.

Unique to this program is the built-in schedule of participating in our week long Village Retreat four times over the four month stay, which intensifies our students’ therapeutic experience. Our Village Retreat is where much of the deeper level therapeutic work is facilitated and is then brought back to the weekly work done with their therapist.  This program also grants your daughter the opportunity to earn a semester’s worth of academic credit during her 4-month stay.

When your daughter returns home after her stay, she will be supported with integrating what she learned by our own certified life coaches who are trained on GBA specific interventions and are connected to the culture of GBA.  We believe in supporting your family after leaving to help concretize the changes created at Greenbrier Academy.

Who is a good candidate for the semester forward program?

Girls who are interested in the semester forward program will be screened on a case-by-case basis; however, below is a list of characteristics that would benefit the most from the semester forward program.

Girls coming from wilderness.
Girls coming from a longer term program.
Girls who want to try a short term program rather than a long term program.
Girls who are experiencing body image issues.
Girls who have anxiety from bullying.
Girls who have symptoms related to trauma.
Girls who want to be at a therapeutic boarding school.
Girls who need to overcome fear and anxiety about their academics.
Girls who are in contentious conflict with parents.
Girls who have general anxiety or depression.

How do I find out if it's the right option for my daughter?

The semester forward program is not right for every girl.  Our therapeutic team will work closely with you and your daughter to determine if the semester forward program is a right fit for her.

What is the cost of the semester forward program?

the 4-month semester forward program with 3 months of coaching is $39,000.

What is included in the semester forward program?

The 4-month semester forward program includes:

4 weeks at our Village Retreat


Animal Programs

Family Program

Adventure & Service Outings on the Weekend

Individualized Tutoring

Opportunity to earn a full semester of academic credit

Three months of Integration Coaching

School of Horsemanship (Optional & An Additional Fee)


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