Lakeside for Children Students

Lakeside is licensed by the State of Michigan to care for up to 124 students at one time, ages 12 to 18. They live and attend school year-round on our campus in the care of approximately 200 trained and dedicated teachers, counselors, health care professionals, administrators, and other caregivers. Since 2007, all campus programs, services, and admissions at Lakeside have been provided by Sequel Youth & Family Services, a national leader in the treatment and education of at-risk youth.

Students come to Lakeside from the Greater Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan area, other Michigan counties, and more than a dozen states across the country, referred to us by juvenile courts and by state and county departments of human services.

Students admitted to Lakeside typically stay for six to 12 months or longer. The open and hopeful environment on campus creates a system of belief that problems can become opportunities for personal growth. Changes in behaviors, attitudes, and values are expectations for all students on campus. A more positive self-image, rational decision-making, and concern for others are outcomes sought for and by our students. During this time, they are typically amenable to change, influenced by their peers’ positive behavior, and ready to look toward their future successes.

Providing Opportunities for Success