Focal Point Academy Mesquite Nevada Boarding Schools

Frequently Asked Questions.

How do I receive information about your


Contact us by dialing 1-866-590-6816. We recommend that parents

visit our facility to tour and meet our staff. We realize

this may not be possible due to the urgency to place or travel

considerations. The last step would be to make financial arrangements

and schedule the admission date for your son.

Where are you located?

The Academy accepts 12 students and is located in beautiful

Mequite, Nevada. We will provide directions to our facility

upon request.

What are the living accommodations like?

Focal Point maintains a home-style environment. Your son will

have 2 or 3 roommates. We provide all the amenities of a regular

home. Outside, we offer access to a sports court, basketball

courts, soccer field, ropes course, and much more. Students

may also choose to participate with community service, recreation,

music, or art projects. Focal Point believes that coupling

nature with a constructive environment aids emotional healing.

Are you a locked facility?

We are not a typical “lock-down” facility, even

though the students may not leave. We prefer to call ourselves

a “staff secure” facility. We have a minimum of

1 staff member to every 6 students, and are therefore able

to spend valuable one-on-one time with those in need.

What is the daily schedule?

The typical daily schedule consists of exercise, planning

and goal setting, individual time, meals, chores, school,

a session of group psychotherapy, a session of recreation

therapy, an activity in the community, and individual or family

therapy. The activities are diverse and varied. We focus on

numerous positive experiences every day for our student’s


Is your school accredited, can credits be transferred

to another school?

Our academic curriculum is accredited through the Northwest

Association of Schools and Colleges. Any course our students

complete at Focal Point can be transferred to any other school,

public or private. Our Education Director works closely with

the school of your choice to make sure academic transition

is accurate and complete.

What is the school curriculum?

Our curriculum is comparable to any normal junior high or

high school curriculum. We individualize academic needs for

each of our students. All work and testing is organized for

school district approval.

What are some of the common problems boys have who

are admitted into Focal Point?

Two of the most common problems we treat at Focal Point are

depression and opposition-defiance. Our typical student has

low self-esteem and is struggling with authority. Other common

problems we address include drug abuse, school failure, trauma/abuse,

mood disorders, and family discord, etc.

How much therapy does Focal Point offer?

We provide 15 hours of therapy per student per week (individual,

family, group, and recreational therapy). We individualize

the treatment your son receives at every possible level, such

as placing him in psychotherapy groups that are specific to

his particular issues. Current examples are anger management,

relaxation, emotions, social skills, adoption, and trauma.

How much contact may I have with my son?

During the first week, there are no phone privileges outside

of family therapy. Your son will be able to communicate more

with his family as he progresses. A minimum of one phone call

per week to parents is allowed for each student. We hope you

will plan to visit your son as often as you can. We encourage

face-to-face family therapy, and we require at least 1- Focal

Point visit and 1-participation in a family weekend experience

before discharge.

How do you handle my son if he refuses to comply with

the program?

We believe in using natural and logical consequences. We do

not use isolation rooms, restraint systems, or medication

to subdue students. Our therapeutic and considerate approach

is facilitated by our high staffing ratios. We believe that

lasting motivation for change within young men is fostered

by healthy relationships with peers, staff, and family.

What is the average length of stay in your program?

Many of our students complete their treatment in as little

as 6 months. Our average length of stay is approximately 9

months. We try to focus more on positive outcomes and less

on time frames, while still remaining sensitive to the financial

and emotional needs of the family.

Focal Point Academy – Mesquite, Nevada – Phone 1-866-490-3666