Established in 1993, River View Christian Academy’s purpose is to provide a safe, structured, and supportive setting for struggling teenage girls, 12-17 years old. River View encourages positive change in girl students who have struggled academically due to negative influences or behavior, or who lack the social skills needed to succeed in life.
River View is not a residential treatment center, or therapeutic boarding school, but we have found that a structured and caring environment can make an enormous difference in correcting behavioral issues among teenagers. River View understands that parents want to send a girl to a safe, monitored environment where she receives personal care, and guidance that helps heal emotional issues–whether brought on by trauma, foster care, adoption or abuse.
And while the young teen girl enrolls our residential boarding school to improve her academics and learn positive life skills, River View Christian Academy also helps teen girls who lack social skills improve their mental and physical health.
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Importance of Social Skills
Social Skills learning is associated with improvements in academic performance and attitudes toward school.
A significant meta-analysis by The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has shown that students who receive social skills instruction have more positive attitudes about school and improved an average of 11 percentile points on standardized achievement tests compared to students in control groups without such instruction. 1
Social skills learning helps prepare young people for success in transition and adulthood.
Social skills learning improves students’ communication with peers and adults, improves cooperative teamwork, and helps them become effective, caring, concerned members of their communities. At the same time, it teaches them how to set and achieve individual goals and persistence, skills that important for their successful development into adulthood, work and life. 1
Social skills learning improves students’ positive behavior and reduces negative behavior.
While effectively preventing a variety of problems such as alcohol and drug use, violence, truancy, and bullying, social skills learning promotes a student’s academic success, health, and overall well-being. At the same time, it decreases their levels of emotional distress. 1
Basic social skills that young girls must learn include sharing, cooperating, listening, following directions, respecting space, making eye contact and using manners. 2
So, what are the potential consequences of poor social skills? Children who lacked social and emotional skills were more likely to have: 2
Dependence on public assistance
Substance abuse issues
The good news is that social skills can be taught. It’s never too soon to start showing kids how to get along with others. And it’s never too late to sharpen their skills either. 2
River View Activities Helps Girls Learn Key Social Skills
One of the most important aspects of redirecting a teen who is struggling is for them to be in an environment that is structured with a routine schedule that they can count on. We believe in student boundaries in all areas of life. Another reason for our success over 25 years at River View Christian Academy is the high level of involvement of staff and parents.
Located on 45 acres in the beautiful hill country of central Texas, River View’s girl students are also responsible for garden and animal chores, in addition to school and homework. Of course, there are fun school activities, as well as the amazing parks in the area. Interaction during activities add to a girl’s social experience and being part of a team.
We also provide nutritious meals, and healthy exercise. We want each young girl student to experience positive benefits of learning boundaries and responsibility, as well as improve her daily life in a challenging environment.