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Academics & Educational Collaboration

Within our youth-focused programs at Connections Wellness Group, our focus is on the whole child. Our academic program is designed to complement the therapeutic care our students receive while in treatment. We recognize that students can feel overwhelmed by the academic and social pressures of traditional school environments, which can contribute to a decline in mental health. Our CWG K12 program in Texas is Cognia-accredited and provides an educational environment that can reignite a love for learning while allowing students to focus on their treatment while in our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP).

Additionally, Connections Wellness Group holds private school Cognia accreditation in Texas, making us one of the only facilities in the world to offer this level of integration between treatment and academic success. The benefits of this accreditation include the following:

  • All grades received at CWG K12 are fully transferable to any school in any state

  • Our access to TREx allows us to independently exchange school records autonomously and as needed

  • All communication between CWG K12 and the student’s home campus becomes more streamlined

  • Students may receive credits while attending PHP/IOP programming

  • There is no additional cost to patients’ families for attending/utilizing the school portion of our PHP/IOP programming

Cognia accreditation and our exceptional level of integration ensure that our treatment programs are truly comprehensive and provide for the well-being of the whole child.

Connections Wellness Group's CWG K12 academic program was awarded private school accreditation through Cognia in 2023.

Education Mission Statement

CWG K12 offers students the opportunity to gain hope and find their love of learning.

Education Goals

We do not wish for our patients to sacrifice their education for their mental wellness. Instead, our academic program helps students enhance their learning while simultaneously working on their health. There are two different tracks for our students, but no matter which they and their family choose, it is important to us that within our CWG K12 program, students will:


  • Experience the value of diversity in cultures, backgrounds, and abilities

  • Have the opportunity to realize their own potential

  • Understand how to develop higher-order thinking skills

  • Develop and implement executive functioning skills that will provide them with the necessary skills to be successful moving forward

  • Experience learner-centered practices

  • Have in-depth knowledge of how to set, plan, achieve, and evaluate SMART goals

  • Be engaged in learning in such a way that will build self-confidence and a love of learning

  • Experience individualized instruction that is tailored to meet their academic and non-academic needs

  • Students will be assessed on a balanced system of both social/emotional learning and product/project creation

Option A

With this option, students will withdraw from school for the duration of treatment and then enroll in CWG K12. Our curriculum is designed specifically for students in short-term education situations. Focusing on executive functioning, social-emotional skills and professionalism as a student inside a project-based assignment, the curriculum is designed to give solutions for the stressors stemming from school. We have ensured that processing skills incorporated into every core course are included, enabling us to give transfer grades that can be accepted.


Your student will also leave with a completed transition plan to prepare them for catching up when they return. This choice is unique to Connections Wellness Group and cannot be found anywhere else. 

Option B

With this option, students will remain enrolled in their current school during treatment. We will notify your school to address any concerns about their attendance and to ask for teachers to be notified that reduced assignments are appropriate due to the two-hour time limit for education. It is the student’s and parent’s responsibility to arrange the educational piece with the school authorities. We will monitor your student to the best of our abilities to see that they are working during the educational time. They will participate in some of the activities to help their executive functioning and social/emotional skills, and they will leave with a transition plan for return to school.

Academic Program FAQs

How do I know what option is best for my child?


The option that is best for the child will likely depend on the student’s grades and the student’s academic situation.

  • (Option A) Some districts will require that certain students unenroll from their school and enroll with Connections Education Services.

  • (Option B) while others require that students stay enrolled in their school and simply complete the schoolwork provided during the time in programming.

We recommend that all patients communicate with their school’s counselor to see what assistance will be offered to the student and what steps need to be taken moving forward.

What does Option A include?


Option A includes social-emotional learning through a project-based learning approach by the name of Learning and Flow™. This approach incorporates social-emotional learning guided lessons, emphasis on gaining executive functioning skills, as well as teaching useful coping skills that will be beneficial for students to use in the classroom upon returning to school.



What does Option B include?


Students on option B will be working on their assigned schoolwork during school hours at Connections Wellness Group. Students/parents will be responsible for communications with teachers and counselors from their child’s home campus. Connections Wellness Group teachers will assist students as needed with their assigned schoolwork.



Do I need to be in contact with the school?


Initially, it is of high importance that parents first contact their child’s school counselor prior to their student admitting into the program. Students and their parents on option B will be required to maintain contact with their child’s school to exchange and receive schoolwork.



Who should I contact from the school?


We recommend contacting the school counselor before beginning the academic program at Connections Wellness Group.



How can I get accommodations for my child when they are back in school?


Connections Wellness Education will provide all students with a list of recommended accommodations for the student upon discharge. A document that explains how to obtain a 504 behavior accommodations plan will be given, along with recommended accommodations.



How do we transfer the grades earned through Option A back to school?


Grades earned on option A will be sent back to the student’s home campus by our school counselor.



How long will my child have to spend on schoolwork throughout the day?


Students will have two hours available to spend on schoolwork each day.


Get Mental Health Help for Teens and Adolescents from Connections Wellness Group is Here to Help

Our trained mental health experts are here for our youth patients and their families. If you are interested in seeking support for you or your child, contact our team online or by phone at (877) 747-4294 to learn about the options available to your family.