I was a student who went through this program, not a parent. My parents eventually pulled me from the program. This boarding school was corrupt, traumatizing, and more concerned about getting what they can out of parents wallets than what they can do for their daughters.
They will accept you for a variety of problems, some more serious like violence and drug use to others like depression, academic underachievement, and even problems as vague as "family dischord". **It is important to realize that you will be placing your daughter in an environment where many of the girls glorify rebellion, being part of a gang, and especially drug use.** I learned more about drugs from the girls here who constantly bragged and glorified their past drug use than I ever would have in the real world. And much like prison (the parallels are astounding), the success rate of reforming your daughter is extremely low. An overwhelming majority of girls I know that "graduated" the program ended up pregnant within one to two years of leaving the program or back to substance abuse (all of which I assume as a parent, you would prefer to prevent).
If you want to prepare your daughter for college, this is NOT THE PLACE to send her. The academics, performing arts, and sports that they rave about on their website are all complete jokes.
There were some cool teachers whom I have a lot of respect for, however the residential staff on this campus were horrible caretakers. Most of the staff we were exposed to the majority of the time treated us coldly, were untrained, and went on power trips, giving out work hours for the most menial of things. (A work hour is a punishment used in the program, involving an hours worth of floor scrubbing, leaf raking, an hour of labor). You can get a work hour for interrupting, putting too much food on your tray, not putting enough food on your tray, laughing, walking out of line, etc. I am not opposed to the concept of a "work hour", but rather the staff's arbitrary misuse of them.
Your daughter will be put in a house of about 20-30 girls, share a room with between 3 to 8 girls, some of which have severe psychological/drug/behavior problems. She will wake up every morning and have a daily job/chore to do. We also had major clean days on the weekends where we cleaned excessively for several hours, followed by mandatory quiet time which they called "spiritual time".
A typical day includes waking up around 6am, excessive cleaning, getting in many orderly lines throughout the day, going to class, coming back to the house for the rest of the day after class, working on homework, crocheting, a 5 minute shower, going to sleep, where you are checked on by a staff with a flashlight every 15 minutes to make sure none of the girls are escaping or engaging in inappropriate behavior.
We were not allowed to directly send our own emails to parents, and we have seen staff read our emails, certain emails of ours to our parents that were deemed "manipulative" were not sent to our parents. Most girls saw their parents probably once every other month. Many of these visits will consist of your daughter begging to go home, because it was all that could occupy our minds.
On my first day the other girls told me much of this. They told me about the strict rules, restrictions, corruption etc and I thought they were all liars, they were trying to scare me. Of course, my parents thought the same when I told them this as well.
You obviously love your child if you are contemplating such a difficult decision. You daughter deserves to be loved and cared for properly; this is not the place. This was a cold and unloving environment where I constantly felt scared and on the verge of being punished. My parents pulled me from the program after 9 months, and though I have a better relationship with them as the years have passed, I still resent them for ignoring 9 months of pleas to bring me home.
I truly hope that the program can read my review and learn to take current students' grievances seriously and make effective changes to better their living situations. As the student council president, I met with the former Director PT several times and described many of our grievances, but nothing I said was taken seriously and no actions were ever taken to remedy serious issues. I learned that the position existed to make us feel like we had influence. It existed so we could feel that we were "winning" trivial freedoms like darker shades of pink nail polish and Burts Bees chapstick - ridiculous. I hope that your program can accept the genuine feedback of your current students to prevent negative reviews from students like me in the future.