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.

Charter or Private or Public?

Private- freedom and flexibility to do what is best for students in recovery from substance use disorder.

Where will the school be located?

We are communicating with a facility on Central Avenue- there are many transportation options available but students will be required to obtain their own transportation.

What do you need to open?

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


Is ESE a faith-based school?

No, we are non-sectarian and want the students to cultivate a higher power of their own understanding.

Is ESE a 12 step only school?

We will be 12 step based- not to deter anyone who is on another journey through recovery, but we will have foundations from the 12 step incorporated throughout the recovery programs.

Does ESE treat the disease of addiction?

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 student’s and their families, intensive outpatient professionals, treatment center professionals, and any other Alternative Peer Group leader/therapist/professional.

How many students will you have?

Recovery high schools have at any given time anywhere from 40-125 students enrolled.  ESE Year 1- projection of 20 students, in subsequent years ESE plans to grow significantly to meet community needs.

How will ESE be staffed?

ESE will have, but are not limited to Executive Director, Director of Admissions, Director of Administration, Teachers, Administrative Secretary, Recovery Support Staff- Recovery Coaches, Licensed School Counselors.

What age group will ESE serve?

ESE will serve High School students, ages 13-21.

What sets ESE apart from other traditional high schools?


  • students dedicated to staying in recovery from substance use disorder
  • the peer to peer support
  • personalized learning environment
  • community service projects
  • movement and projected based learning
  • faith/fitness/fellowship
  • recovery support built into the school day
  • small teacher to student ratio
  • supporting students year round- during holiday breaks, summer time, and after school/weekend activities
What are the hours of operation and calendar year?

ESE will have an 8 hour school day- this may vary due to student needs and classes needed in order to graduate on time. ESE will run on a modified year-round calendar.

How will ESE receive funding?

ESE will submit for grants, conduct fundraisers, student tuition, and private donations.

Where will ESE students be coming from?

ESE will serve and educate students in recovery from substance use disorder in all surrounding communities or counties of North or South Carolina.

Will ESE drug test students?

Yes, randomly and frequently. Drug testing will be included in tuition.