Not a School for Troubled Teens

Odyssey Heights school for girls/École pour filles odyssey heights is not a school for troubled teens…

When seeing that we support girls with anxiety and depression, several moms were concerned that their gifted, sensitive, horse/animal/outdoors loving daughters would be in a class with girls who are troubled, at risk, abuse drugs and/or alcohol, or have suicidal thoughts. 

The answer is a definitive NO! 

The safety of our community members is paramount. Girls who are at risk of harming themselves or others 
cannot be accepted at Odyssey Heights. All students must be academically and socially capable of being positive members of the learning community at Odyssey Heights. Aggressive, disruptive, or violent behaviours are not tolerated and will result in immediate suspension, most likely expulsion, and potentially legal consequences.

Thus, we do 
not have IEP supports or accommodations for, and do not admit girls who are/have:

  • Troubled teens

  • Teens who have had contact with the legal system

  • Teens going through a mental health crisis

  • Suicidal thoughts/attempts

  • Anger management/behavioural/destructive/ violent behaviour issues and those who are at risk of harming themselves or others

    • e.g. Severe ADHD with disruptive and/or violent behaviours (much more common in boys, but can occur in girls)

  • Addictions

  • Underage alcohol, tobacco, and/or marijuana use; abuse of prescription drugs; use of illegal drugs

  • Epilepsy with disruptive behaviours/brain injuries.

  • ODD 

  • Severe Autism

  • Students with permanent/long-term brain injuries from concussions (including those from equestrian activities)

  • Eating disorders/recent (past 2 years) history of eating disorders

Please call 911 and/or go to the nearest emergency room if you think a child or teen may be at risk of harming themselves or others.


**Note: If an enrolled student experiences a trauma (major car accident, assault, #metoo, is a witness to a crime or tragedy, sudden/unexpected death in the family...) that puts her in a mental health crisis, policies are in place to support that student off-site/in supported private homeschooling until she is ready to be part of the school community again. Students must be participating in counselling and medical care, and receive an acceptable doctor's mental health form before returning to school.