William J. Ostiguy Recovery High School

MA Recovery High Schools LogoGavin Foundation, Boston Public Schools (BPS) and Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) collaborated to open the William J. Ostiguy High School in September 2006. It was the first recovery high school in Massachusetts and the first in the nation to be accredited by the Association of Recovery Schools. Ostiguy High was established to provide a safe, sober and supportive school environment in which youth in recovery could develop skills and strengths needed for personal, academic, vocational and community success. Youth affected by substance use/abuse often experience substantial educational losses. They miss out on time and opportunities for achievement while using drugs and alcohol. This creates considerable obstacles to school re-entry when the choose to return. The Ostiguy Recovery High School addresses these challenges directly. Students may be referred by schools, parents, courts, state agencies, drug and alcohol treatment agencies, and other community-based and residential programs. Ostiguy High School annually serves 75 students from the greater Boston area but will accept students from across eastern Massachusetts. Students are expected to be sober at admission and committed to an individual plan of recovery. Recognizing the importance of parents’ participation, both youth and parents sign a contract agreeing to be accountable for maintaining sobriety. Ostiguy High School integrates a high school academic curriculum, aligned with Massachusetts standards and MCAS testing protocols, with the development of supportive life skills necessary for students in recovery.

Learn more about Ostiguy High School and Massachusetts Recovery High Schools.

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