Aseltine School nurtures, challenges, and engages K-12 students who do not learn like other children. These young people have experienced school as hostile and irrelevant; they are used to being ignored, dismissed and isolated. Recognizing that students are experts of their own world, Aseltine validates students’ experiences and opinions. With this trust and respect in place, Aseltine can provide “tough love” to help children in crisis rethink their unhealthy reactions and mindsets and overcome their obstacles in productive new ways. This unique mix of support and challenge empowers at-risk youth to transform from angry, discouraged young people, into passionate learners, critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and positive role models, prepared to thrive on challenge in school and the community.