Our curriculum is well rounded and robust, providing students the opportunity to gain from various experiences that greatly contribute to their development. Chrysalis is designed to ensure that students are engaged in learning both in and out of the classroom.

There are about nine months in the academic year at Chrysalis and about three months of summer activities, with two sessions of international travel. Students are admitted at any time all year long and immersed into the program accordingly.

  • Fall Semester – runs September to mid-January
  • Spring Semester – runs mid-January to early June
  • Summer – runs early June to August, dedicated to adventure activities and any necessary recovery coursework

School Semesters

Monday – Thursday

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Get Ready/Chores

8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Seven 50-minute school periods and 45-minute lunch.

1406-01 0300Daily courses offered:

  • Art
  • English
  • French or Spanish
  • History
  • Math
  • Science
  • Study hall
  • In addition, students earn credit for personal, family and group therapy, which appears on their transcript as “Personal Development”

5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Once weekly:

  • Individual therapy takes the place of one study hall
  • Phone call with therapist, student and parents
  • Meeting between student and academic advisor to ensure the student is making academic progress and is on track for graduation
  • Assembly of entire school one period during the week to make decisions regarding group activities, general announcements, etc.

6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner and free time

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Study hall led by a teacher at the school twice weekly, community service at the animal shelter or other similar activity once weekly and free time twice weekly

8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Evening chores, hygiene, personal care and winding down for the evening

9:30 p.m. Bedtime


  • Most of the weekend is dedicated to seasonal adventure activities and public service. Physical education credit is earned every semester for adventure activities.

Typical weekend activities include:

  • Adventure
  • Team sports
  • Brunch
  • Deep room cleans

Summer Highlights

Monday – Thursday


  • Every day includes three two-hour blocks of activities that vary daily. Usually, activities in a block are designed to correspond thematically or geographically. For instance, one block might be centered around water-based activities like swimming and boating, while another block might be a combination of recreation and public service at an animal shelter.
  • Summer recovery coursework is conducted on a case-by-case basis as needed and scheduled around adventure and block activities.


  • Adventure days are planned weekly and usually occurs on the weekend; although, as during winter, seasonal activities can be engaged in spontaneously, based on availability and other circumstances.


Extended periods:

  • Twice a year, during summer and spring break, there is an international trip. One is included in every student’s curriculum. The second trip also is an option for students, depending on various factors and at an additional cost.

Even students who aren’t engaged in a particular international trip have the opportunity to experience highlights of the trip virtually at Chrysalis. From the classroom or other setting, students participate academically in events like building a school in Zambia and touring a hydro waterfall, while simultaneously learning about the science of electricity.