Volunteers took part in a work day last year to prepare the Landmark Community School for opening Landmark Community School
<p>Volunteers took part in a work day last year to prepare the Landmark Community School for opening.</p>

High school in Colorado Springs will focus on recovery from substance abuse

The Landmark Community School is targeting students 14 to 19 years old with 30 days of sobriety.

A high school for students recovering from addiction to drugs or alcohol is scheduled to open at the end of this month in Colorado Springs, Colo.

KKTV News reports that Landmark Community School will provide an education program for students ages 14 to 19 with 30 days of sobriety and a referral from a recovery advocate, such as a family member.

“Recovery schools are sort of a new concept," says Rebecca Berg, a member of the Landmark Advisory Board. "What we’re finding is kids are starting to use at younger and younger ages and don’t have the support and the connection that they need in order to stay sober.”

The school's web site states that the school's mission "is to provide a high-quality education in a therapeutically supportive, sober environment and to offer students an opportunity to grow (academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually) by integrating the principles of recovery into daily education in a project based learning environment."

Last year, Colorado Springs School District 11's board approved a charter change to allow Community Preparatory School, an alternative education charter school to add a separate substance-abuse recovery program.

Landmark is set to open on Jan. 30. It expects to start with about 20 students and plans to grow to about 100 students in the next four or five years.

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