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Students With General Anxiety Disorder Excel at Franklin Academy

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General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a mental health condition characterized by persistent and excessive worry about several things in daily life. The effects of GAD and the severity of symptoms differ in each person. General Anxiety Disorder affects 3-4.5% of adolescents. Franklin Academy serves all genders of students with General Anxiety Disorder who meet admission requirements.

Succeeding at Franklin

General Anxiety Disorder is very much a part of our school language here at Franklin Academy. We work with students to help them understand their strengths and challenges, promoting self-awareness and self-reliance. A review of individual diagnoses is an essential part of the conversation. These discussions set the stage for personal growth. Since Franklin Academy’s founding in 2001, our school’s competency-based curriculum has made it possible for bright students identified with GAD to pursue collegiate goals, professional aspirations, and satisfying lives filled with meaningful relationships.

Known for serving students with General Anxiety Disorder, Franklin Academy challenges students academically and addresses four critical areas to promote success: Executive Functioning, Social Competencies, Emotional Intelligence, and Self-Care/Self-Advocacy. Our holistic approach to education in a safe and supportive school environment makes it possible for students with GAD to realize their potential, advance to higher education, and make their mark on the world.

Is Franklin Academy Right for Your Student?

Strengths for Franklin Academy Students with General Anxiety Disorder Often Include:

  • Accepting of others
  • Compassionate
  • Desire to succeed
  • Rule followers
  • Creative thinkers
  • Courageous and resilient
  • Ability to hyper-focus on topics of interest

Challenges for Franklin Academy Students with General Anxiety Disorder Often Include:

  • Difficulty handling uncertainty
  • Indecisiveness and fear of making the wrong decision
  • Difficulty completing non-preferred tasks
  • Inability to set aside or let go of a worry
  • Being perfectionistic
  • Avoiding uncomfortable situations
  • Lack of confidence

“Finding Your School Has Been a Blessing For Our Whole Family”

If one’s rationale for being a teacher is to make a positive difference in the life of students, there is no better opportunity to affect lives than right here, right now at Franklin Academy. This is what our parents tell us.

  • “You truly do save kids, families and lives.”
  • “For the first time in John’s life he might be in the right place at the right time.”
  • “We can’t believe how lucky we – and Ryan – are!”
  • “Thank you for giving our daughter Emmeline an education and a life.”
  • “As we left the school he said “Mom, I finally feel there is hope.”


Franklin Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Accreditation means that our school meets the criteria for those standards of excellence by which the “educational community assures the high quality of each member school.” NEASC commends Franklin Academy for creating an academic program and residential community that completely matches its mission. Additionally, Franklin Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, comprising the best private independent schools in the country.

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