Brother Rousseau Academy (BRAC) is an intensive day treatment program for middle school (10-14.9 years of age) male and female youth. BRAC programs operates six days per week, morning through evening. BRAC clients are cared for in a variety of ways including: educational programs, social work services, social and life skills group work, community services projects and recreational activities. Brother Rousseau Academy utilizes small class sizes; averaging at one teacher for every eight students. The BRAC nutritional development program is a key component to positive development and includes three meals per day.
In August 1998, St. Gabriel’s System responded to the needs of the times by launching an innovative program; comprehensive by nature for at-risk pre-teen boys and girls. The Academy takes its name from Blessed Brother Scubilion Rousseau (1797-1867; beatified in 1898), a Christian Brother who dedicated the last three decades of his life to the care and education of the needy and enslaved people of Reunion Island, off the coast of Africa.
• The youth must be adjudicated delinquent or dependent.
• BRAC clients require a full scale IQ of 70 or above, however, lower IQ levels can be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
• Youth must be able to fully participate in treatment, without severe restrictions from physical activity (medical clearance may be required).
• Youth with a history of assaultive behaviors, serious sexual offenses, fire setting or severe emotional, psychological or psychiatric disorders will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
• Youth must have a parent or guardian who is willing to participate as a member of the treatment team