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Lakeside Academy


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3921 Oakland Dr.
Kalamazoo, MI  49008 Phone: 269-381-4760

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Sequel Youth and Family Services has been providing services to youth at Lakeside Academy since the summer of 2007. Lakeside Academy, a Joint Commission(JCAHO) accredited facility, offers a variety of treatment options for boys ranging from 30 days to 18 months. Located on a 50-acre wooded campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Lakeside serves youth from multiple states. Positive behavioral change remains the focus throughout a student's stay at the Academy and the established positive student culture allows for these behavioral changes. All students are challenged to change their negative patterns of thinking and behavior.


Programs Offered

  • Residential Treatment for habitually delinquent boys
  • Residential Treatment for male sexual offenders and sexually reactive youth
  • Mental Health and Behavioral Stabilization programming for boys
  • Short Term Observation and Assessment Programming

Student Profile

  • Males, ages 12 to 18 years old
  • Full-scale IQ above 70
  • Impulsive/Reactive
  • Low level of empathy
  • Demonstrates apathy or irresponsibility
  • Lacks self-discipline
  • Exhibits poor coping skills
  • History of substance abuse
  • History of truancy or poor school performance
  • Poor coping skills
  • Poor frustration tolerance
  • Angry outbursts
  • History of violence or aggression

Residential Living

  • 24 Hour Supervision
  • Social Skills - Leadership Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills - Time Management Skills
  • Positive Values Development - Community Service Projects
  • Healthy Living

Whom do we serve?

Students accepted to Lakeside Academy are most commonly juvenile offenders with a history of criminal or delinquent behavior. The program at Lakeside Academy focuses on behavioral change and is largely aimed at students who are impulsive, have a low tolerance for frustration, are easily angered, have a difficulty finding fault with their behavior, thinking or reasoning. These students may also have a limited willingness to accept responsibility for past patterns of behavior. Students referred to Lakeside Academy have limited moral reasoning, considerable criminal pride, and identify with anti-social values. Lakeside Academy students are absent of significant mental illness and extensive histories of self-harm or suicidal tendencies. Students are typically amenable to change, and ready to look toward their future successes.

For additional information or to make a referral, please contact:

Steve Laidacker
Steve Laidacker Executive Director Phone: 269-381-4760
Chris Behnke
Director of Admissions Phone: 269-381-4760