Created in 2015, the Queen Anne school is a partnership between Seattle Public Schools, the state Department of Social and Human Services and King County Behavioral Health. Teens that identify as being in recovery from addiction self-elect to attend the school and commit to actively working toward their academic goals in a clean and sober environment.
Recovery Academy Substance Use Counselor Seth Welch, who himself is in long term recovery, believes the opposite of addiction is community and connection, and that’s what the school strives to provide its students.
Year-round enrollment is open to students in grades 9-12. Prospective students begin by touring the school and participating in a daily recovery group co-led by staff and students. During the initial visit, prospective students meet with a staff member and may ask questions and discuss how the school might meet their needs.