• "The lessons of life that I still carry today were taught to me at Kurn Hattin 50 plus years ago. Although many of my teachers who stood at the ‘fork in the road’ are gone, I carry on their legacy. And now I stand at the fork in the road to point the way for those who follow.”

    ~Jerry L. Bardwell, Class of 1973, Trustee

  • "Kurn Hattin gave me guidance and structure when I needed it most. Kurn Hattin was the most perfect support my parents could have asked for. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child. Kurn Hattin is that village”

    ~Gizenia Boyd, Class of 2005

  • "Kurn Hattin provided advice, support, and encouragement to pursue my dreams. The most important lesson I learned was to be humble, kind, and help those who were less fortunate. Because of Kurn Hattin, I have found my voice, my purpose in life, and my passion to help those who are in need.”

    ~Heather Kampfer, Class of 2001, Alumni Association President

  • "I love Kurn Hattin and miss it like crazy.  Kristi Lisai, thank you for being the BEST English teacher ever, being so easy to talk to, and teaching me how to be such a good writer!  Richard M. Long, thank you for never giving up on me when I would do so badly in social studies.  And to all of the other teachers and staff, just thank you for being my ... AWESOME TEACHERS!"

    ~ Chelsea Candello, Class of 2012

  • "My son has since graduated from high school and just turned 18! He’s an accomplished jazz musician and artist. Thank you Kurn Hattin for all you do for children.” 

    ~Chantal Paulino, Mother

  • "I support Kurn Hattin partly for sentimental reasons and as a teacher, I know the needs of children who no longer can live at home. I like their philosophy—to return the children home to their families. The families are given time to strengthen and heal. The children are given every chance to succeed and find their own niche whether it is with music, sports, writing, or animals."

    ~ Carol Howe, Friend & Supporter

  • "Discipline, respect, loyalty, and love are what I learned from the houseparents. I have 3 older brothers and we all went there. Thanks Kurn Hattin–Always the place I call home."

    ~Stephen Smith, Class of 1994

  • "Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth. It’s a phrase I associate with my upbringing at Kurn Hattin. I attended Kurn Hattin from 3rd to 8th grade and was given security, consistency, guidance, and direction. The girls, boys, teachers, and houseparents became my forever family.”

    ~Kim (Sherrick) Dawson, Class of 1982

  • "I’m grateful to have had the experience at Kurn Hattin Homes, which was my and my brother’s ‘village’ that made such a positive mark on our lives.”

    ~Rhonda (Gaudreau) Nolan, Class of 1977, Incorporator

  • "The area I came from wasn’t the best environment. Though I didn’t want to be here at first, I’d say my mom did the right thing. The houseparents are like family. They changed my life. I matured in all aspects from being a little kid to growing into a man.”

    ~Jacob Edwards, Class of 2018

  • "I was so proud of my girl, getting up on stage and singing her heart out. Kurn Hattin is building her up with so much confidence. I will be forever grateful for what you are doing for my little girl."

    ~ Brenda Boisjolie Arce, Mother

  • "I still remember walking into Kurn Hattin. The scared little girl I was. Seeing myself grow over the years has been a blessing. But I never could have done it without the backbone of my forever home. Thank you, all of you. I really did it. I graduated high school!"

    ~ Makiah Curtis, Class of 2012

  • “I’m so proud to have been at Kurn Hattin. It turned my life around and put me on the right track. I’m not sure where I would have been otherwise. And I believe I was the only boy who made ‘Eagle Scout’ at that time.”

    ~ Peter Stavrou, Class of 1951

  • “Best years of my life. I’m now 36 married and have 3 beautiful daughters. Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for everything this school did for me. Kurn Hattin definitely made me the man I am today.”

    ~Tom Adkins, Class of 1995

  • “Kurn Hattin was the best choice my family ever made for me. When I was in the 8th grade I didn’t want to leave.”

    ~Kristen McDaniel, Class of 1991

  • "I can’t help reiterating my admiration and thanks to a wonderful haven for needy children and one which has provided guidance, education and encouragement to many, many children, who have gone on to lead meaningful adulthood lives, some who have become leaders in society.”

    ~James Barschdorf, Class of 1944

  • "I didn’t know how to make friends. I had a lot of problems. I felt like I was stuck in quicksand. Then I came to Kurn Hattin. It was a slow process, but I was given a lot of structure and I needed and responded to that structure.“

    ~Christiana Mylott, Class of 2018

Here are the answers to some frequently-asked questions. Please feel free to contact our Director of Admissions, Susan Kessler, if you would like more information or have a specific child to discuss.

What is the school like?

Kurn Hattin's state-approved school for grades kindergarten through eight includes a computer lab, a well-stocked media center/library, and a 300-seat auditorium. The farm provides hands on lessons as part of the science curriculum.  Students are grouped according to their academic skill level rather than by grade. This allows each child to feel both challenged and successful.

Where do the children sleep?

The children live together in cottages with nine or ten others in their age group and one houseparent. Every cottage provides a comfortable, family-style atmosphere. There are two or three children in each bedroom. Children can arrange their furniture, decorate with posters or pictures from home, and bring toys, a radio, and other items that will make their room feel comfortable.

What else can you tell me about the houseparent?

Houseparents provide the children with the structure and support each child needs to succeed. They will welcome you into the cottage so you can see what they do and learn ways to take these skills home. Children are responsible for keeping their own room clean as well as doing assigned chores in the cottage and around campus.

What if my child gets sick?

Our nursing staff provides care for common illnesses and injuries in the campus Wellness Center.  A child's family continues to be responsible for regular physicals, eye and dental exams, and immunizations.

How often can I visit and what about holidays and weekends?

Most children go home one or two weekends a month and during school vacations. Because each family's needs are different we will work with you to decide what's best for you and your child. Our Family Outreach Program provides support, encouragement, help with transportation arrangements, Family Days, and a whole lot more! It's hard having your child away from home, and Family Outreach will help you be more involved in your child's life. You are welcome to visit your child on campus (rooms are available free of charge), and you may keep in touch with phone calls between visits.

What do children do after school?

Students are involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. For example, girls and boys participate in a first-rate music program that includes instrumental lessons for older students, a marching band, jazz band, concert band, and choirs. Parades and community performances are part of being a Kurn Hattin musician. Our 280 acre campus offers plenty of space for exercise and fun with playing fields, an outdoor pool, gym, playgrounds, and hiking trails. We offer soccer, basketball, baseball, and cross-country running.

How do I apply?

Please download the application or call to ask for one. We would be happy to discuss whether Kurn Hattin can serve your child. You are welcome to come and visit our campus. The purpose of the application process is to see if Kurn Hattin can meet the needs of your child. We would be glad to help you gather the required information. For more information, an application, or to schedule a tour, please call the Admissions Office at (802)721-6932 or e-mail Susan Kessler.