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Rite of Passage - Hillcrest Academy


Education/Educational Sector

About Us

Hillcrest Academy is a residential treatment program licensed in 2012 by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and operated by Rite of Passage (ROP) in partnership with the Hamilton County Juvenile Court and Probation Department.

The 88-acre campus includes twelve living units, a gymnasium, a swimming pool, athletic fields and an on-site, non-public charter school. Hillcrest serves male youth between the ages of 12-18 with a history of delinquent behaviors, mild mental health issues and special education needs, helping these young men to learn important academic, employment and practical skills they will need to turn their lives around.

Hillcrest Academy is operated by Rite of Passage, a leading provider of evidence-based therapeutic and educational programs for youth. Rite of Passage provides a diverse continuum of care with evidence-based programs in education, youth shelter programs, family and community aftercare and intensive treatment for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

For over 30 years, Rite of Passage has been improving the lives of youth. Through its work at Hillcrest Academy and other academy programs, Rite of Passage has developed the Academic Model™ framework to articulate its program philosophy, methodology, and specific evidence-based practices.

Our programs include community-based services, day schools, academic-model facilities, gender-specific treatment and secure facilities. With our emphasis on evidence-based practices and positive skill development, combined with our supportive therapeutic approach, our organization is highly respected by industry experts – and a highly effective solution for our youth.


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