Academy at Ivy Ridge

Academy at Ivy Ridge

The Academy at Ivy Ridge was a co-ed facility opened in 2001 by Jason Finlinson, previously the Director of Casa By The Sea. The school was located on property purchased and owned by the company Robert Browning Litchfield, LTD, in the city of Ogdenville, New York. In 2006 the school announced it was withdrawing from WWASP (an implicit admission by the school that it was, in fact, a WWASP school) because of the negative publicity WWASP was receiving. The marketing arm of WWASP, Teen Help, however, continued to provide services for the school at least as long as March 2007, casting doubt on Ivy Ridge’s disassociation with WWASP.  At the height of enrollment nearly 500 children were enrolled at AIR. The facility closed in March 2009 following a dramatic decline in enrollment. At the time of closing only 60 students remained. They were all sent home or to other programs.

On August 17, 2005 AIR was ordered by the State of New York to pay civil penalties of $250,000 to the Attorney Genral’s office for issuing unauthorized high school diplomas. The program was furthered order to make partial refunds to parents, stop issuing diplomas, and stop marketing itself as an accredited school. AIR applied for permission to issue diplomas from the New York State Department of Education and was turned denied permission on December 1, 2006. The Department, in its rejection letter to AIR, stated that it had determined AIR was primarily as behavior-modification facility and not a boarding school. A lawsuit against AIR for issuing fake diplomas was also filed and a judge upheld its validity in April 2009. These incidents were what led AIR’s enrollment to drop from approximately 500 students to less than 100, and ultimately led to its closing.

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Jason Finlinson

Jason Finlinson first became involved with WWASP when he served as Director of Casa By The Sea.  In 2001, he left that job in order to move to New York and open the Academy at Ivy Ridge. Ivy Ridge closed in 2009. During his tenures at both Casa and Ivy Ridge, Jason was known for his harsh, strict, disciplinarian style.

 

 

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23 Responses to “Academy at Ivy Ridge”

  1. Ced Says:

    I was here for 2 years

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  2. Arelis Says:

    Why isnt this guy in jail, look at his pattern!!!!!

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  3. Colin Says:

    I was the for four months until I got switched to eagle point. I just wanna say fuck you Jason finlinson.

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  4. Tara Says:

    I was here for 1 year. What a bunch of bullsh*t.

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  5. David Says:

    Was their for a year place was a shit hole fuck that place and all the staff too!!!

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  6. R Paige Says:

    Was there for 6 to 8 months I don’t remember.
    Got transferred there as a level 5 from Jamaica.
    I forgot to sign out of a test and they dropped me.

    If I ever see that piece of shit Brett (don’t remember your last name) I will hurt you very badly mutha fuqqer.

    My parents pulled me out because they thought it was bs that they dropped me.
    I had friends here girls and guys but don’t remember the names anymore.

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  7. Abigail McClure Says:

    I went to this “school” for almost a year. It was a living hell and I am glad its been shut down. I just want to say: Fuck you Jason Finlinson.

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  8. Nick Says:

    I was there for a year and was there for the riot fuck Finny that child molexting fuck. He better pray i never see him again. He deserbes to die for what he did to my roommate and his staff for beati’g the fuck out of me religously. Still see there faces in my nightmares and IM FUCKING 26 YEARS OLD!!!

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  9. c Says:

    Was here for one year and to this day this place still haunts my dreams the things I had to go through there no one should ever have to endure I’m very glad to hear that this place closed down I will soon be writing a book on this place along with the other facilities evolved with it as well. The only way I was able to escape that awful place was because they had left me untreated in sick bay with a ton of other sick children and with terrible living conditions struck deathly ill forcing them to call an ambulance. Once again I am truly sorry for those of you who had to go through this awful place. I am now 27 btw and that was 12 years ago

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  10. RBK Says:

    I was at Casa by the Sea for 11 months until the riot and when it got shut down. Then went to transfer to AIR and was there for 2 yrs. it was hell. The way the staff manipulated the parents and us kids… How every action was judged as if we were wrong about every little thing we did. The only way to get out of this hell whole was to basically snitch on our peers and give one another harsh feedback to make eachother feel lower then we had already probably felt. No wonder why I was there for so long because I never felt like it was my place to judge anyone or tell on anyone for that matter. The seminars we had to do were complete bullshit and once again we had to basically fake our way through those as well. If you didn’t cry hard enough or call yourself a slut or say you were raped or beaten then pretty much it was a no go to graduate. No wonder why a lot of us are so emotional because that’s pretty much what were programmed to think we had to live our lives….. I understand a lot of us were not perfect at home but there’s are other ways to discipline your child and sending them off and having complete strangers raise them is not one of them… What a waste of my dad’s money and what a waste of 3 fucken yrs. I got home and did 10 x worse and now feel like my self esteem has definitely demolished since AIR. I fight my battles everyday . Iim so glad people are finally seeing theses places for what they really are!

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  11. Lbw Says:

    It was disastrous to my life to go here. From being the least favorite child to being sent here and then to have my sister say she was the one who was traumatized!? I’ve been in a room for days straight just for being acknowledged in one of those dumb focus groups where I was written a poem and the leader said it was ok but the family leader thought it to give me attention. I was in a closet with my bunk mate while she drank bleach to kill herself and was only 14 and didn’t know what to do. The thought of joining her ran through my mind. Another bunk mate made a run for it only to be caught and sent away while I was stuck in a room for days with minimum water and food and bathroom breaks. I wasn’t allowed any of my medication and wasn’t allowed to speak ever. When I did speak I only said what they wanted to hear to make my case “I was healed”. I was defeated and even now I struggle with my emotions and connections to my family and friends. I trust no one. This is no way to live. I have my dog as my only true companion in this life. I was even married and lashed out at him bcuz I am so disturbed. I am now alone and in school but this distancing is murderous on a soul.

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  12. jay Says:

    I remember being one of the first there. I remember Carson this little guy being there for like 2 years and John white being some south Carolina trustee. I got pulled in 90 days…I still have nightmares of this place.

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  13. Yostpille Says:

    Time to sting back my fellow survivors.

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  14. Blaine Says:

    I was there in the pride family in the original dorms in 2003 2004.. place was horrible. I am 28 years old now. I have never trusted people after I left there.

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  15. erickson SCOS Says:

    i was there 02-03 freedom to pride family

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  16. Errol Lewis Says:

    I was here in 2004.. Respect family. This place made a monster. The staff treated us like animals, talked to us all kinds of ways. I’m happy to hear this place is closed down.

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  17. Cesar Says:

    I was there for 246 days 04-05. Freedom family then brave. Fuck that place. I fill my glass above the line all day. Fuck you Jason Finlinson!

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  18. CMS Says:

    I was at Ivy Ridge for 579 days. I cannot describe the emotional and physical damage inflicted. Even at the age of 30 I have nightmares. The greater trauma is the lack of social development during key years of my adolescence and the requirement to become an emotional abuser in order to survive. The struggle is in silence, unable to connect with people who can relate to the abuse inflected by Jason Finlinson and his cohort of under qualified, authoritarian staff. I was glad to have come across this site. Thank you all for posting. I am disappointed the State of New York did not file criminal charges against Jason for his abuse towards children. 1,000s of accounts of abuse. I would love to have my day in court to hold him accountable.

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  19. Lindsay Says:

    I attended Ivy Ridge for a year. Alot of what is being said is true and the place was mentally abusive and I believe was just trying to take my parents money. I did not witness beatings but did witness restainings and they did deprive students of food and only fed them bread cheese and water if they did not comply. Glad it was shut down and exposed.

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  20. Jenny P Says:

    Went to Ivy Ridge in 02′. Fucked up place! They mind fuck you! Miss a friend I made there name Paola. 29 now and still screwed up over that hell hole!

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  21. Terrence B Says:

    I was in there for one year and cas by the sea for two years.kills me that some of these places are still open.

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