Education and treatment

are equally important


Teens who are struggling with mental health, behavioral health, substance use or problematic gaming, also have to worry about what will happen to their school work while they take a step back to deal with their current difficulties. The choice to get him help shouldn’t be complicated by the dilemma of having to leave school.

Customized plans for each client's goals and learning style

We’ve designed an educational program that prioritizes his your child’s studies as a close second to his healing. We believe that parents and teens should never be forced to choose between a child’s health and education.

Teens who have been struggling for some time in school have often already fallen behind. For some, the road to healing could take months; they could miss a significant amount of school while they are engaging in a healing process.

We know how crushing it can feel to be fresh out of treatment, feeling healthy and equipped with a wealth of coping skills and recovery tools, but to have also fallen so far behind in school it feels like you’ll never catch up.

In collaboration with parents, schools, and the treatment team, our Family First Adolescent Services academic team customizes educational plans for each student. Plans are developed to meet the learning styles and circumstances unique to our clients.


Our education planning process encompasses a variety of educational tracks that can be facilitated solely or in combination with each other. The tracks focus on graduation requirements, college and career readiness, personal development, professional development, and executive function skills.


  • Current High School/Virtual School Curriculums

  • Hospital Homebound Program*

  • Home Education Curriculums**

  • Curriculum Baseline Assessments and Skill Building

  • Dual Enrollment with Palm Beach State College***

  • **Florida Virtual School enrollment can be made possible for out of state students by establishing Palm Beach County residency based on our inpatient home addresses.

  • **Students must be an established student with the Palm Beach County School District and be able to commit to the time frame classes are offered within. Online classes are the only option for our students to enroll in this program.



  • Students younger than 16 are placed in the Plato Academy GED Prep Course

  • Students 16+ establish an account on*

  • Students 18+ will take the official GED Ready Practice Exams to learn what/if they need to build their skills on. When ready, they may schedule their examination dates in collaboration with when FFAS staff can arrange transportation.**

  • Students 16-17 will need to follow the underage guidelines for their county of residence. Out of state students may apply for a FL ID by establishing Palm Beach County residency based on our inpatient home addresses.

  • *Student addresses must match what is on their state issued photo ID. If a student does not have an ID, they will be assisted with obtaining one.

  • **Testing fees are required.



  • ACT Prep

  • SAT Prep

  • PERT Prep

  • Scholarship Research

  • Common Application and Essay Writing Assistance

  • FAFSA Application Assistance

  • Arrangements can be made to provide students with tours of local colleges and to set up meetings with Academic Advisors.



  • Career Explorations Course

  • Florida Shines website Enrollment and Assignments

  • ASVAB Test Preparation

  • Resume Writing

  • Interview Preparation

  • Mock Interview with Academic Case Manager

  • Meetings with Military Recruitment Officers can be arranged when applicable.



  • Students have the option to select online courses in a variety of subject areas including but not limited to Business Management, Computer Science, Data and Statistics, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Humanities, and Second Language Learning.

  • EdX

  • Coursera*

  • Udacity

  • *Course Fees Required



  • Personal Development Track

  • Personal Adjustment Course*

  • Individual Development Project**

  • *Taught by one of our Family First Certified Mental Health Counselors, this course covers major components of personal growth.

  • **A self reflection activity encompassing expressing oneself through art,

  • identifying values, building self-esteem, and goal setting.



Based on the book “The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success” by Peg Dawson, EdD and Richard Guare, PhD Encompasses activities such as identifying Executive Function strengths and weaknesses, environmental modifications, and creating an Action Plan to overcome weakness areas.


Kristi Riley,

Our team works closely with the boys on their assignments and it is awesome to see them grow in confidence as they begin to have academic success.


Chris Guerra,

We support different learning styles to ensure that each client gets the most benefit from our education programs.


Jessica Smith

I communicate regularly with our boys' teachers, guidance counselors, and principals to ensure that they have the best support while they focus on healing.