Welcome to the Penikese Island School!

Since 1973, Penikese has been helping young men at risk discover a better way forward. Penikese combines our magnificent island location in Buzzards Bay with caring and visionary staff to provide residents a one-of-a-kind therapeutic community and a pioneering model for treatment, healing and wellness.

Penikese Today

Penikese Island School is a non-profit organization comprised of dedicated staff and volunteers passionate about addressing the opiate epidemic in our communities and helping those it impacts through the natural therapeutic environment that is Penikese Island.

As of 2016, the island is home to a licensed and fully-staffed, long-term residential treatment and recovery program for young men with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.  

As ever, the magic of Penikese Island in concert with talented staff has fostered a nature-based therapeutic community that delivers to our young residents a uniquely effective residential treatment program. Our focus remains on providing financial support to those seeking recovery on Penikese, regardless of their ability to pay treatment costs.  

Our Past

In its early years, Penikese worked with court-involved teenage boys as an alternative to more restrictive and punitive environments. The rustic surroundings, the necessity of hard work and a small, interdependent island “family” provided an effective alternative to traditional penitentiary models. As an accredited MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) special needs school, Penikese helped our young men make progress academically, vocationally and emotionally.

In later years, Penikese worked primarily with teenage boys referred by the Department of Children and Families. Again, the highly trained staff, surrogate family environment and therapeutic community of the island were critical to the success of our graduates. Throughout its history, Penikese Island School has been dedicated to assuring access to our services regardless of residents’ financial status. We actively seek donations and grants to support our important work.