Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the average length of stay for a student at Sandhill?
While every child and family has different needs, the average length of stay is 14 to 18 months.
What is the staff to student ratio?
Are there awake staff at night?
Yes. Each house has two awake overnight staff.
My child has never been around farm animals. Will he/she be forced to ride horses?
No. The horse program is strictly voluntary. We never force a child to participate. For many children coming to Sandhill, horses are a new experience. We carefully introduce the children to the animals and assess their level of desire to interact with the animals. The majority of our students eventually enjoy interacting with the animals and this is very therapeutic for them.
How often can I speak to my child? When can I visit?
Phone call between parents and their child take place once per week initially, and then increase it to twice per week as the child adapts to the program and it is deemed clinically appropriate. The first visit usually takes place approximately 6 weeks after admission and then about every 6 weeks thereafter. We recognize that each family has unique needs and individualize the visitation to each family.
What is a typical day like for a child at Sandhill?
The structure of a typical school day at Sandhill is as follows:
7:00 – 8:30am
Children are woken up by school staff and get ready for the day, eat breakfast and clean up. Having the school staff in the homes during this time provides for a better transition to the school day and allows the teachers and teacher’s aides to be aware of how each individual child is doing.
8:30 – 9:15am
Study Hall, transition to classrooms
9:15 – 12:15 pm
Core Curriculum Classes all grades
12:15 – 1:00pm
1:00 – 2:00pm
Electives all grades
2:00 – 2:15pm
Boys and girls transition back to their respective houses
2:15 – 2:30pm
Crossover group with school shift, evening shift and children
2:30 – 4:15 pm
Afternoon activities. These will vary depending on the individual and group needs but are specifically meant to be neuroregulatory and therapeutic. Acitvities may include horseback riding, working with the barn animals, bike riding, exercise, group games, walks, local volunteer work, etc.
4:15 – 5:15pm
5:30 – 6:15 pm
6:15 – 7:45 pm
Showers, hygiene, regulating activities
7:45 – 8:45 pm
Quiet time. Staff read to the children and see them to bed
This schedule is only meant to be a sample. At various times a child’s schedule may change to accommodate individual therapy, family therapy, neurofeedback, and meetings with our psychiatrist.