It is our goal to have students experience the emotional, physical and spiritual benefits of putting forth their best efforts into accomplishing their goals, large and small. As a result, most students leave The Family Foundation School with a well developed work ethic---something that few, if any, of them had when they arrived.
Learning to work, to respect the work of others, and to accept work as a necessary and a meaningful part of life is big part of the character-building that goes on at the school, and is especially beneficial to students who suffer from low self-esteem.
Routine chores handled by student crews include breakfast cooking, meal preparation, table setting, wait staff, dishwashing, laundry, cleaning, seminar hospitality, and snow shoveling. Crew assignments rotate frequently, so students can learn the fundamentals of each task in the course of their stay. As with their school work, athletics and other interests, they are encouraged to strive for excellence in performing their chores. As a result, most students graduate with the skills necessary to earn their way through college.
Students in their last six months of school qualify for internships, which enables them to work with staff in an employee capacity, and prepares them further for the job market or a career. Intern assignments include helping out in journalism, the library, chemistry department, athletics department, performing arts, the health office, counseling, I.T., admissions, records, laundry, maintenance and the kitchen.