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Jacksonville's Recovery High School


Jacksonville’s Recovery High School seeks to empower adolescents to not only achieve long term recovery but also academic excellence.  

River Oak Center offers students an opportunity to grow (academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually) by integrating the principles of recovery into daily education

Our Recovery High School established as an independent, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, in 2014 by concerned parents and addiction experts within the Jacksonville Florida community with the objective to combine ideas from our local educators and leaders dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students with a substance use and addiction. Acknowledging the therapeutic need for a school dedicated to supporting teens who are recovering from addiction and co-occurring disorders, our team brings together experts in the fields of education and recovery to provide an environment of encouragement and support. Our vision is to support a safe and sober learning environment for students in the community who are ready to commit both academically and therapeutically.


Is Jacksonville’s Recovery School right for me?

 The 40 Sober High Schools across the U.S are providing both students and their families the support they need to maintain their recovery and get themselves and their education back on track. 

National research shows as many as 93 percent of the young people who go back to public schools after rehab get offered drugs or alcohol the very first day they're back at school. Many traditional schools are not equipped to handle students in recovery. A National study has found that students have a high rate of success after attending recovery schools.


  In conjunction with the National Association of Recovery Schools (ARS), Jacksonville's Recovery High School seeks to be a school of excellence for diverse learners.  Our school will offer a rolling admissions policy, individualized learning plans, flexible curriculum, giving the student the highest possibility to be successful.

Mission Statement

The River Oak Center provides students in early recovery - the academic, emotional, and social support necessary to foster a continuum of care and long-term commitment to work hard to earn a high school diploma and progress toward a college degree. 

River Oak Center is be located at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in with Duval Co. Public School and is under the supervision of a Board of Directors and The Executive Director of New Hope Education and Addiction Services, Inc.  The Academy will be managed jointly by the Site Director, Counselors, Recovery Coach and Certified Teachers.   Jacksonville’s Recovery High School is a fee for service program and students can enroll at any time during the school year.   

Academy Admission Criteria

·   Member of an Alternative Peer Group OR under the care of a therapist/psychiatrist and approved for admission by the Site Director

·  Willingness to do school work and participate in therapeutic recovery activities

River Oak Center “The ROC” is a sober high school supporting the educational needs of teens in recovery.  It can be overwhelming for a teen to go to residential treatment or begin the journey of recovery. One of the biggest challenges they face begins when they re-enter the school system. The ROC offers students an opportunity to grow (spiritually, academically, emotionally and socially) by integrating the principles of recovery into their daily education.


Learning Support
Students learn in different ways and with different styles
All Students receive an individual learning plan designed around their needs and goals.
Our staff is well-versed in serving students with diverse learning styles and providing enrichment and remediation for learning differences as necessary. They come with years of experience in teaching in school communities with diverse learners.
Our instructional model allows teachers to scaffold lessons and assignments based on grade and developmental abilities. To that end, our staff uses research-based practices proven to meet the needs of diverse populations, including:
 Before-learning strategies, Attention to sequencing of information, Assessing the need for direct instruction and need for enrichment; direct instruction of learning strategies combining online instruction with face to face instruction.

Counseling Services
Although, academic education is our paramount objective we recognize time during the school day for the development of tools and strategies for maintaining sobriety will help our students succeed on the life-long road to recovery as they continue to live, work, and play in their communities.
Our Clinical Director and counselors facilitate daily group support meetings, offer strategies for building the resilience to bounce back from the disappointment and stress of everyday life that can trigger a relapse. Meet with our instructional staff routinely to provide updates on our students, and provide on-site crisis counseling and referrals for long-term individual and family therapy when needed.


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