Welcome to Shelterwood

Shelterwood a residential treatment center for healing and educating teens that leads to restoring families and is now an approved private center through Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). In addition, we are proud to be accredited by AdvancEd. In AdvancEd’s accreditation assessment, Shelterwood was described as “exceptional” in our demonstration of standards, exhibiting practices not commonly found in other schools. We’re committed to academic excellence for every Shelterwood student.

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In 2016, Shelterwood received the NATSAP Gold Seal Award For Evidence-Based Outcomes. To receive this designation, a minimum of 70% of Shelterwood students and parents must participate in and complete the outcome study on an annual basis. These parameters mean we’re gathering long-term data, and seeing restoration and transformation that lasts long after a student’s departure from Shelterwood.

In 2019, Shelterwood achieved the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal, a designation reserved for residential treatment centers that meet the highest standards for safety and care. The Joint Commission is a nonprofit health-care accreditation organization that sets its benchmarks according to the latest research, expert recommendations and patient input. It also requires accredited organizations have a trauma-informed and resilience-oriented approach to care. The Gold Seal is an industry-leading accreditation—and a prerequisite for many insurance providers’ coverage—that assures families their children will receive the very best care at Shelterwood.  

Shelterwood combines therapeutic care along with educational excellence to meet each teen’s emotional and educational needs. At Shelterwood,

  • We implement a brain-based learning program which is proven to help teens with mild spectrum disorders and neurobehavioral disorders such as ADD-ADHD, dyslexia, and learning disabilities.
  • We offer an interactive classroom setting with teachers who care, and provide an effective teacher-to-student ratio so that students receive the attention they deserve.
    Each teen receives their own support team – therapists, teachers and mentor staff – who provide evidence-based treatment for each student.
  • We work with school districts and special education directors so students can re-enter their respective school systems.
  • We reside on 200 acres of land for teens to engage in outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, biking, hiking, horticulture, and rock climbing to provide a unique approach for teen wellness.
  • Our licensed therapists conduct individual sessions to honor our students’ confidentiality, and experience-based group sessions to help teens interact and build trust with one another.

Contact our team by calling 816-249-5350 or filling out the form below.

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Samuel Cummins
Dean of Student Services
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John Lawrence
Shelterwood Principal