Continuing The Montana Academy Mission
Montana Academy was originally established in 1997 as a for profit school. During its early, formative years, this provided four founders with the flexibility and adaptability needed in order to make efficient and effective decisions in all matters that arise when creating a new therapeutic program. Shortly following the founding of the school, a handful of early alumni parents alongside the founders created the Montana Academy Foundation which was initiated with a three-fold mission: to support research on the challenges and struggles associated with disruptions or delays in adolescent development, to increase public awareness of these struggles and their remedies and to provide financial assistance to Montana Academy families who experience unforeseen financial crisis.
A New Chapter, A New Vision
After 23 years of operation, Montana Academy and the Montana Academy Foundation have joined to become a not for profit 501(c)(3) school continuing the original missions of both entities. The Montana Academy vision in the new era upholds its mission as a therapeutic boarding school to promote developmental maturation in adolescents through healthy relationships and academic excellence and to further its efforts to support research, promote public awareness, and to provide for families in financial crisis.
Provide Financial Assistance
From its earliest days, Montana Academy has secured donations to provide emergency assistance to families who experience an unforeseen financial crisis. Over the years, Montana Academy has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial aid to current families who find themselves in such distressed circumstances that, without help, their children would be unable to complete their treatment programs.
To assure that no student making satisfactory progress would be required to leave Montana Academy prematurely, the Board of Directors developed a careful due diligence process that would determine the family’s true need while also protecting the family’s privacy. To make its limited resources go further, and to offer help across a broader spectrum of need, the Board of Directors has also provided low-interest emergency loans for families who then commit to repaying those loans, replenishing the resources available for future families in need.
Promote Public Awareness
Montana Academy aspires to be a significant voice in a growing national conversation about character development in general and about delayed or interrupted maturity in particular. Montana Academy pursues this aspiration through the publication of its newsletter, Sky Lines and through collaborative efforts with other organizations working in the field.
Sky Lines is distributed twice a year and provides updates on current activities, the status of the Montana Academy vision, along with articles and perspectives from professionals working in the field of adolescent mental health and from members of the extended Montana Academy family.