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Therapeutic Boarding School for Girls 10 – 15


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Who We Are

Lake House Academy is a therapeutic boarding school for girls ages 10 to 15. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, our lakefront school provides students with a home-like environment and an optimal setting for healing.

As an accredited school through the National Independent Private Schools Association, we follow all academic standards for the State of North Carolina, fully equipping our students for academic success while addressing emotional and behavioral challenges. Lake House Academy has a unique approach to treatment, prioritizing academics without shying away from clinical therapy. Our holistic approach weaves research modalities and emotional and social development with sensory and cognitive processing.

Lake House Academy's Family System Approach

Our family system approach personalizes care for each girl and their family to better heal and prepare your daughter for healthier behavior and relationships, with your support, in the future.

We restore connections through our family system program, with treatment that includes:

  • An Attachment Based Assessment, at the beginning of treatment which helps create a customized plan focused on healing your family’s unique struggles
  • Family System interventions  including weekly family sessions through videoconferencing weekly as well as quarterly parent workshops
  • Frequent monitoring of your daughter and family’s health and progress, on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis

Our first priority is to make your daughter and family healthy, through this parallel process to healing and growth, which occurs at Lake House.

With our family system approach and support, your daughter can heal and you can deepen your connection with her.

Who is a Lake House Student?

We understand how scary it can be to think about sending your young daughter away for help. Lake House Academy’s exclusive focus on girls between the ages of 10-15, allows us to adapt all aspects, especially clinically, to the needs of our young girls’ developing brains.

You may have noticed that your daughter often acts before thinking, struggles with mood regulation, has maladaptive social behaviors, and has “fight or flight”-type responses. These behaviors are common in pre-adolescence and early adolescence because this age group relies heavily on the “limbic”, or primitive/emotional, center of the brain.

Attachments are formed in the limbic part of the brain. Adoption, trauma, and other events big or small can prevent your daughter from forming a secure attachment style. Without secure attachment, your daughter is likely to experience difficulty in relationships, anxiety, loneliness, low self-worth, and other related challenges.

Our approach at Lake House is tailored to intervening at the limbic level. Our clinical model, which includes family systems therapy, attachment based interventions, emotional regulation techniques and neurofeedback allows us to support girls struggling with:

  • Attachment struggles, including adoption
  • Anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders
  • Social anxiety, challenging peer relationships
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • ADHD and similar disorders

While these challenges can seem insurmountable for both your daughter and your family, we can help your daughter heal from these struggles in a way that makes sense to her now, and prepares her for healthy relationships and behaviors in the future.

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Letter from the Executive Director -

At Lake House Academy, we respect and empathize with the families who chose to enroll with us. You have made the difficult decision to start or continue with the journey of healing and finding joy within your family and for your child. At Lake House Academy, we focus on healing the entire and the generational trauma by creating a safe and relationally driven space. While your child is enrolled at Lake House Academy, our entire team, become “caregivers" fostering and modeling healthy attachments and connections that are critical in healing and growth.

Lake House Academy is proud to be part of a larger mission to drive adolescent anxiety, depression, and suicide from the all-time highs of today to all-time lows by 2028. We value and appreciate the trust and opportunity families place in us to serve and help empower young adolescents find their passions, create healthy self-identities, and build a toolbox of health coping skills to allow them to become all that you know they have the potential to be.

We look forward to welcoming you to tour Lake House Academy so that you can experience firsthand what Lake House Academy has to offer. Regardless of the next step you choose, my wish is for your family’s continued health and safety. Please do not hesitate to reach out as our team is ready to answer any questions you may have at and ready to answer any questions you may have.
Mackenzie Hall, Executive Director

"... More free play for children would reduce the incidence of ADHD. Any therapist who can capture the therapeutic moment in mutually shared play episodes will have brought the client to the gateway of happy living"


Our answer at Lake House is a resounding

Lake House Academy has been committed to helping middle-school age girls since 2010. Based on our most recent outcomes report, 91% of all Lake House Academy students report that they no longer struggle with the primary issue that prompted treatment at discharge.

"As much as I wanted to go home and didn’t want to be “sent away”, this place really helped me and I made friends that I hope will always be my friend."

Lake House Academy is truly a very special place and it’s the amazingly talented and dedicated team of professionals who are there to help that make it so!

Lake House Academy has already after just 3 months had such a positive impact on our family. Yes, family, it is a parallel process to healing and growth. Their caregivers are truly caregivers.

When you enroll at Lake House Academy, here you will get:

Number 1

Customized healing for your whole family, not just your daughter.

Your daughter’s emotional struggles have affected your whole family, and so the healing process shouldn’t only focus on your daughter. Through use of an Attachment Based assessment and our outcome tools, we will create a customized family assessment and treatment plan focused on healing your family’s unique struggles.

Your involvement doesn’t end with the assessment & planning. We involve you in every step of your daughter’s healing journey, from weekly family system sessions via video conferencing to parent visits and an in-home study, our first priority is making your family healthy. We rigorously embrace outcomes and use our outcome tools to monitor your family’s health and progress on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis. We’ll even follow up with you years after graduating from our program to ensure that our treatment was successful.

Number 2

Your daughter caught up to her appropriate developmental, emotional, and academic level.

We’ll help your daughter fill in the missing gaps in her development. We specialize in helping with:

Emotional Development

  • Using our developmentally-sensitive attachment model to help her grow in the way that’s appropriate for her age

Healthy Relationships

  • Connection through play
  • Our staff engage in coregulation with students and provide healthy nurturing
  • Freedom to grow, play, and heal

Academic Readiness

  • We are a therapeutic boarding school, which means that our academics follow high standards that prepare your daughter to return to a traditional school
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A solid foundation for your daughter’s future.

We'll help your daughter fill in the missing gaps in her development. We specialize with:

  • Essential life skills such as regulating emotions, balancing relationships with work and play, and social skills
  • High quality, accredited education
  • In-depth therapy to help your daughter fully worth through the issues holding her back

See if Lake House Academy is the best fit for your family.

Call us now to schedule a tour of our campus and get your family’s Customized Family Assessment while you’re here. We can’t wait to talk to you!

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