A tuition-free, public high school in Minnesota for youth in recovery from substance use disorders
Bridging treatment and recovery for adolescents can pose unique challenges. The P.E.A.S.E. Academy (Peers Enjoying a Sober Education) was begun in 1989 as the first recovery high school in the United States. The high school is a member of Minnesota Transitions Charter School and is open to qualifying students from any school district in Minnesota.
Some of the features of this recovery high school include:
- Providing a safe, sober community based on recovery principles, where diversity is both respected and valued
- Maintaining a small supportive school environment with an enrollment of 70 students
- A teaching ratio of 1 teacher to 17 students
- Practicing a restorative justice model to address conflicts and helping the community gain deeper understanding through respecting every voice
Most students who go on to graduate from P.E.A.S.E. Academy and pursue college degrees enroll in collegiate recovery programs to continue supporting their recovery.
For a detailed description of 17 recovery high schools across the nation, see this peer-reviewed paper.