Why Choose the Forge

Restless Minds Need a Visionary Education

The Forge School was created as a response to the scarcity of specialized treatment centers for teen boys who reside in the East Coast and the Midwestern United States. Geographic proximity has been a request made by parents and referral sources for years. In addition, parents and therapists frequently request gender-specific programs for males which are more clinically focused and specialized to match the active pursuits of boys. The Forge School has been created to meet the unique neurobiological needs of such boys.


A dynamic, relational and hands-on learning environment is essential, especially for the male brain. Dr. Michael Gurian, a leading researcher in studying gender-specific learning style differences states, “Boys do their best work when teachers establish authentic purpose and meaningful, real-life connections.” The Forge School encourages our students to continually test their skills and to push forward regardless of perceived success or failure, which builds resilience and grit. If time and pressure create the boy, time and fire refine the man. Restless minds need a visionary education and we accomplish this at the Forge School where maverick thinkers become future leaders.


Dynamic and Effective Education

As part of our education platform, we focus on building personal relationships with the young men who reside at our facility through acceptance and attuning on a continual basis. We believe that boys work best when an instructor or mentor establishes trust, and our programming offers many opportunities each day to build on that trust. Every day your son will be exposed to dynamic and engaging academics and outdoor events with a variety of sensory experiences that will keep his wandering brain engaged and entertained. In the afternoon, our clinical therapy and milieu programming focuses on relational activities, team building and the opportunity to co-regulate with the other students and the evening will bring opportunities for mindfulness and self-reflection.

Maverick Thinkers Become Future Leaders

“Boys must find ways to compete and see themselves as performing well. If they do not, if society does not provide them with these opportunities, they will compete against society itself, abusing their community and themselves.”


“The boy and the man must be raised to see the possibility of self-worth, then meet a few others who provide the vision of the road toward it, then spend a lifetime pursuing that worth through action and relationship. One of the great tragedies in human life is to be born male and not be guided towards the value of a man.” Dr. Michael Gurian


Here at the Forge School, we meet our students right where they are, and we walk side by side with them as they pave their path towards manhood.