Where Learning Success Begins

"If it wasn't for you and this school I probably wouldn't be anywhere. I would have probably dropped out. This program and the help you all have given me really changed me and my outlook on life." - Cori (former student)

Webster Street Academy and Family Center provides a unique holistic approach to serve the needs of children, adolescents and families in the Greater Dayton Ohio area.

A variety of programs and comprehensive services including individual, group, family, and play therapy, as well as education and psychiatric services, enables Webster Street Academy and Family Center to support the growth and development of children ages 5 to 17.

Each of our programs are licensed through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and is fully accredited by CARF, an International Accreditation Agency. In addition, Webster Street Academy staff are fully licensed in their appropriate fields of profession, have routine background checks, and receive annual training in areas such as First Aid/CPR and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.


Recognized by community leaders and healthcare professionals alike, Webster Street Academy and Family Center provides a comprehensive blend of programs for troubled students – and their families.

Terry Cash PH.D, Assistant Director, National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson University, writes, “It is with great enthusiasm that I submit this letter in support of Webster Street Academy. I have been the outside evaluator for the Fast Forward Out of School Youth Initiative, of with Webster Street Academy is a collaborating partner, for approximately two years and have and intimate and comprehensive understanding of the impact and success the Webster Street Academy program has had with the city of Dayton, and its surrounding area’s most challenging student population. As one who understands the difficulty of working with students who exhibit severe negative emotional and behavioral patterns, and having documented the program’s effectiveness over time, I believe that Webster Street Academy is one of the finest examples of therapeutic intervention anywhere in the nation.”

A recent CARF (Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilitates) report stated: “Webster Street Academy provides extraordinary alternative services for students of traditional schools who are unable or unwilling to learn or maintain appropriate behaviors. Education programs and services are highly individualized to reflect the unique needs of each person served. Students are awarded educational credits that are recognized by their local school districts, with which the organization maintains ongoing relationships. The combination of academics and therapeutic supports makes it possible for the students to return to their traditional schools for graduation.” In addition, the surveyor who reviewed Webster Street Academy noted, “Understand that I very rarely give high praise….I love what you are doing here and hope that you can transplant it to other states as well.”

Sinclair Community College’s Fast Forward Center has recognized Webster Street Academy as a proud partner of its efforts to provide alternative education solutions for at-risk and out-of-school youth. The “outstanding child-centered approach” of WSA was recently acclaimed by Fast Forward’s Director, Michael Carter to be one of the few of its kind in the nation.”

Services We Provide

Our treatment team works in conjunction with families to determine which of our three distinct programs best fits the needs of each child we serve.

Webster Street Academy

Webster Street Academy is based on the model of community partnerships and is not a charter or public school.

Outpatient Services

Outpatient Services is based on the concept that often mental health supports are needed by children even if they are maintaining adequate school performance.

Outreach Services

Outreach Services addresses the ever-growing number of students in public and charter schools who require intermittent mental health supports in order to remain successful.