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About the Center Point Day Program

Program Overview …

Center Point is a Monday-through-Friday day program that focuses on behavioral management, progressive development of life skills and competency, and achievement of goals. The program does not require a specific length of stay, although a student must attend a minimum of 10 weeks to graduate from the program.

Center Point is based at the Diakon Wilderness Center near Boiling Springs, Pa., along with the Weekend Alternative Program and 30-Day Wilderness Challenge Course. Each Diakon Wilderness Center program embraces advancement of the Balanced and Restorative Justice—typically referred to as BARJ—principles of community protection, accountability, and competency development. These values are emphasized in wilderness center programs through use of five “pillars” of respect, responsibility, effort, trust, and courage, along with the following:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Pennsylvania Academic and Career Technical Training (PACTT) programming
  • Internships (Faulkner Subaru, Brickman Landscaping, Morrison Hospitality)
  • Parternships including the Salvation Army (Bridging the Gap) and YWCA (L.E.A.D. and Girl Circle)
  • Family-development conferences

For more specific information about the program, see the text below as well as the Center Point Handbook.

A Curriculum Focused on Success

Center Point Day Program students develop competencies through a range of experiences including classroom instruction, vocational training, counseling groups, adventure-based activities, experiential learning, community service projects, and a curriculum—all designed for individual success. BARJ-focused skills and competencies are taught in the following areas:

Academic Skills

Educational programming at the Diakon Wilderness Center is provided through the Capital Areas Intermediate Unit (CAIU). Curriculum features include:

Educational staff:

  • Three highly qualified teachers certified in one or more of the following:
    • Science
    • Social studies
    • Language arts/English
    • Mathematics
    • Education
  • Two educational paraprofessionals
  • One certified health/physical education teacher
  • One educational administrator

Educational Services Provided:

  • Capital Area Online Learning Association (CAOLA)
    • Students receive credit recovery for classes missed
    • Students can receive current credit in all subject areas
  • Classroom Diagnostic Tool (CDT)
    • The Pennsylvania Department of Education has developed online classroom diagnostic assessments for reading, mathematics, and science. The diagnostic assessments are available for students in 6th grade through high school. The CDT is available for mathematics, science, and reading/literature.
    • All students take part in a CDT assessment upon entrance to the program
  • Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance (PACCT)
    • Coordinating literature curriculum to assist students with resume-writing
    • Standard Aligned System (SAS) with PACCT directives in all subject areas
    • Students receive credit for these directives as outlined in PACCT
  • GED programs
    • Students receive GED training and assessments through educational resources at Diakon
    • GED teacher provided
    • Students receive high-school credit for GED components if they are dismissed from Diakon and are placed in a setting in which the GED is not available

Vocational Services:

  • Teachers align curriculum with vocational areas provided by Diakon:
  • Students receive from .5 to 3 credits for vocational training based on time spent and success in the program
  • Teachers attend vocational training with students to ensure educational standards are included in all areas of the vocational curriculum

Adventure-Based Curriculum

  • A standards-aligned educational curriculum is paired with a variety of alternative-education experiences to provide students with academic credit for science, mathematics, or language studies, based on the activity

Physical Education

  • A certified health/physical education teacher offers classes for those students who have not yet received their health/PE credit required for graduation

State Assessments

  • PSSA and Keystone exams are part of Diakon's educational curriculum
  • Teachers are prepared to administer curriculum-based assessments and standardized assessments as outlined by the state Department of Education

Community Service

Community service hours are earned through special assigned projects at the Diakon Wilderness Center and by volunteering with non-profit organizations in the geographic area of the center campus. Examples of orgaizations benefiting from community service include Capital Area Greenbelt, Independent Living Homes, and local community organizations.

Diakon Youth Services
571 Mountain Road, P.O. Box 10, Boiling Springs, PA 17007-0010
Phone: (717) 960-6700 | Fax: (717) 258-9408
E-mail: brodej@diakon.org | Home: www.diakon.org/youth

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