What is your mission and vision?

Mission: A community service driven organization that provides peer to peer support with the focus on educating students through faith, fitness and fellowship.

Vision: Our vision is to provide quality education in a recovery friendly environment for youth with substance use disorder.

Is ESE a charter, private, or public school?

We are a private school with a focus on maintaining a strong scholarship program. Being a private school gives ESE the freedom and flexibility to do what is best for students in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

Where is the school located?

We are located at 4012 Central Avenue. There are many transportation options available in the area but students will be required to obtain their own transportation.

What are your current program needs?

We have created a list of supplies we need. Click here to see how you can help!


Is ESE a faith-based school?

No. While ESE does have a focus on faith, the school is nonsectarian. Unlike faith-based organizations, our program does not reflect the values or beliefs of a certain religion. Instead, our goal is for our students to cultivate a higher power of their own understanding.

Is ESE a 12 step only school?

We are 12 Step based meaning we incorporate the foundations from 12 Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) into our recovery support program. This is not to deter anyone who is on another journey to recovery.

Does ESE treat Substance Use Disorder?

ESE supports recovery and is not a treatment program. We will have recovery support staff, but we will be connected and regularly collaborate with the students and their families, intensive outpatient professionals, treatment center professionals, and any other Alternative Peer Group leader/therapist/professional to strengthen the continuum of care for adolescents.

How many students do you have?

Recovery High Schools have anywhere from 40-125 students enrolled at any given time. Our projection for this year is to have between 1-20 students. In subsequent years, ESE plans to grow significantly to meet community needs. We aim to keep our student-teacher ratio below 10:1 as we expand.

How is ESE staffed?

In addition to our administrative staff, ESE has an educator and a recovery support staff member for every 10 students enrolled. Our goal is to keep our student-teacher ratio under 10:1.

What age group does ESE serve?

ESE serves High School students ages 13-21.

What sets ESE apart from other traditional high schools?
  • Our students are dedicated to staying in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
  • We provide students with peer to peer support through regular group activities and involvement in the greater community
  • We offer a personalized and self-paced learning environment
  • Students engage in community service projects
  • We offer movement and project-based learning through personalized workout plans and built-in movement breaks
  • We center our program around faith, fitness, and fellowship
  • We have recovery support built into the school day
  • Our student-teacher ratio stays below 10:1
  • We support students year-round during holiday breaks, summertime, after school hours, and on weekends
What are the hours of operation and calendar year?

ESE has an 8 hour school day that may vary due to student needs and classes needed in order to graduate on time. ESE runs on a modified year-round calendar.

How does ESE receive funding?

ESE is funded through grants, fundraising, student tuition, and private donations.

What area does ESE serve?

ESE serves and educates students in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in all surrounding communities or counties in North and South Carolina.

Does ESE drug test students?

Yes, randomly and frequently. Drug testing costs are included in tuition.