What type of students does Montana Academy enroll?
Students come to Montana Academy with a variety of diagnoses and have often experienced struggles across realms; socially, emotionally, academically and within the family. Almost all of our students have had previous therapy experience, i.e. wilderness program, assessment/stabilization facility, or other inpatient/outpatient therapy, in which they have gained insight and have begun to implement new skills. Montana Academy builds upon those skills in a more traditional boarding school environment and works to increase student confidence, build character and further develop a mature sense of self as they orient to future goals and aspirations.
What is the average length of stay?
Montana Academy admits co-ed students between the ages of 14-18. Montana Academy offers students two campuses; a main campus (the Ranch) and transitional living homes (Sky House). A student’s trajectory begins at the Ranch and is largely individualized and depends on a variety of factors including chronological age, academic standing and therapeutic work. The conversation about length of stay begins during the admissions process and continues within the treatment team involving primary therapist, academic advisor, families and, at times, the students themselves.
What is the admissions process at Montana Academy?
The admissions process at Montana Academy traditionally begins with consultation from a referral source, Educational Consultant or parent. The admissions team then reviews all relevant materials including neuropsychological, academic and/or educational testing as well as school transcripts. Once appropriate fit is decided, a phone interview with family occurs to speak about the program as well as address questions. This is followed by an exploratory visit by the family to see the school and to meet a variety of staff and students.
How often can families visit Montana Academy?
Visitation to Montana Academy, either to campus or Sky House, is typically every two months (average 6 times per year) and Montana Academy staff assist in working out dates and details. These visits, called “passes” reward clinical and academic work and program progress, e.g., the more advanced the clan, the more available and longer passes become.
What is the clinical approach at Montana Academy?
Montana Academy takes a multi-modality approach to restoring adolescent maturity. This approach involves individual and group therapies as well as addiction and compulsive behavior treatment. Montana Academy works with students with a variety of struggles which include: attention deficit, trauma, depression and anxiety, school refusal, social isolation and withdrawn behavior, adoption and family conflict.
What does daily life look like at Montana Academy?
Montana Academy provides a consistent and supportive daily routine that includes a traditional school classroom environment, robust weekend activities and trips, daily sports and fitness, school hosted events, dances and clubs, volunteer and service-learning, and extended experiential and recreational travel.