Within the span of just four months, Ashley had been admitted to the hospital nearly 10 times. She was struggling with depression, family issues, peer issues and was on the brink of giving into her suicidal tendencies.
"I thought I wasn't going to make it past that year," says Ashley. "I wasn't sure if I was going to be sane again."
After Ashley's numerous visits to the hospital, it was obvious that she couldn't return to her regular school environment. So Ashley was enrolled in the Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School, a program for fragile students who may not be able to thrive in alternative schools.
Since its conception in 1995, the Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School has grown by leaps and bounds. "We offer classes for students in third grade all the way up through high school," explains Lisa Grigsby, the school's director. "We operate for those students who need extra therapeutic support. We have found that we can work with kids in many dimensions—not just academically, but spiritually, emotionally and with their families."
"When I came to Glen Oaks," says Ashley, "It just changed me for the better. It gave me more faith—not just in myself but in other people."
Ashley's father, William, has noticed a significant change in Ashley. "It's night and day from last year. She is getting a great education, but they're also there for her emotionally. Every month I can see progress. As a parent, all you want is for your child to be happy."
"I love the teachers at Glen Oaks. They are regular teachers, but they are also very understanding," says Ashley. "I'm so glad I came to Glen Oaks because it gave me a second chance at life."