Supporting Students

In Recovery

Collaboration is Imperative

We pride ourselves in being able to offer a variety of supportive services and resources while creating an environment conducive to academics and recovery for your child. We understand how difficult recovery can be, especially for adolescents and their families, and collaborate with a variety of others to connect the continuum of care that supports your child in every aspect of their recovery.

From private counselors to probation officers, residential treatment clinicians to intensive outpatient groups, we keep in constant touch with every student’s unique personal network—triaging tasks and arming our students (and each other) with shared information to ensure that no important details slip through the cracks. We aim to address behaviors and remove barriers, and to remain consistent and aligned in our approach to getting each student well.

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Our Process

On-Site Support

Peer Support Group

This group is for parents and grieving parents in the community to provide support and resources to one another.

Multi-Family Support Group

This group is led by a licensed clinician to offer support to only students and their families.

Alternative Peer Group

This program will provide after-school and weekend recreational activities in a safe, structured, and sober environment. Participants will be students from Phoenix Recovery Academy and students from the local public high schools. 

Megan Adkins, Alternative Peer Group Program Director

Megan graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor's in Criminology and Human Development and a Masters Degree in School Counseling. She has worked in the education field for over 10 years and as a high school counselor for 8 years. Megan has had the opportunity to work within Frederick County Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools, and most recently Montgomery County Public Schools. Megan has a passion for helping others and being an advocate for students and families. In her spare time, Megan loves duckpin bowling, reading, and spending time with her family. She lives in Frederick with her husband, Thomas, and her rescue pitbull named Timber.


Our most frequently asked questions by parents​

In short, recovery high schools are secondary schools designed specifically for students in recovery from substance use disorder. The staff of recovery high schools most often includes administrative staff, teachers, substance abuse counselors, and mental health professionals that each play a critical role in supporting their students. Additionally, recovery schools provide support for families learning how to live with, and provide support for, their teens entering into the recovery lifestyle.

Eligibility and Criteria

Phoenix Recovery Academy is committed to each student and their family, to support them in their path of recovery and academically. We enroll and admit students in high school that meet the academic requirements for 9th through 12th grade. Given that we are a recovery high school, we admit and enroll students who demonstrate a commitment to both their education and their sobriety. 

  1. In order to enroll in Phoenix Recovery Academy, all prospective students must demonstrate a commitment to recovery and sobriety. We ask that this be demonstrated by taking a drug test prior to admissions. This is the first step in committing to the community and to one’s family and oneself the willingness to engage on a path to recovery.  New students will be given 7 days to attend their first 12 step meeting and 21 days to obtain a sponsor; exclusion from the school community events may be required until the requirements are met. 
  2. Students are required to be clean and sober while attending Phoenix Recovery Academy.
  3. All enrolled students must work with Phoenix Recovery Academy staff to develop an Individualized Recovery Plan. In the event of a relapse, the Individualized Recovery Plan may be revised to provide increased support for the student.
  4. Students must fully participate in substance abuse recovery programming offered at Phoenix Recovery Academy.
  5. Students must attend mutual help (e.g. AA, NA, Celebrate Recovery, etc) or equivalent, as approved by Phoenix Recovery Academy staff. The minimum meeting requirement will be determined in the creation of the students Individualized Recovery Plan. 
  6. Prospective students and parents/guardians are expected to answer all questions honestly during the interview process. This will enable Phoenix Recovery Academy staff to work most effectively with applicants while they await enrollment decisions and if/when they are admitted to Phoenix Recovery Academy.

While Phoenix Recovery Academy is not affiliated with any religious organization, we are spiritual in nature, following the 12-step recovery model.

Yes. Please visit our Admissions page to complete our detailed application and student history forms, or contact us if you’d like to discuss more in-depth.

We’re proud to offer a “rolling admissions” policy, which allows for a student to be admitted at any time during the semester.

We also operate on a year-round schedule, allowing students to work towards credit recovery.

Yes. Phoenix Recovery Academy operates on a year round schedule. This allows students both the continued recovery support and the academic support, often in the form of credit recovery.

Phoenix Recovery Academy operates on a year-round academic calendar that includes four grading terms, and one summer term, which may include mid-year and final exams. Minimum passing grade is a D+. Report cards are sent home at the end of each grading term and progress reports are sent home mid-term of those report cards.

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