Alpine Academy is a Residential Treatment Center serving girls ages 12-17. At first glance, you’ll know Alpine Academy is different. Our adolescent campus is at the base of a spectacular mountain range. We believe our peaceful location is part of what makes our healing process work – the open spaces, clean air and beautiful mountains help to create a calm and safe environment where change can occur.
Alpine Academy’s typical girl is struggling with her life — having problems within her family, not fitting into society, falling behind academically, and struggling with her peer groups. She may be without the tools necessary to deal and cope with situations she has encountered in her life. Girls who are referred to our program are often experiencing emotional and behavioral problems which may include, but are not limited to: Depression, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Reactive-Attachment Disorder, low self-esteem, academic struggles including learning disabilities, adoption issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and traits of developing personality disorders.
We don’t label our girls according to the problems they bring in the door. To us they are all unique individuals. We know our students have learned to survive to this point. Our hope is to focus their strengths and talents in new ways to help them live successfully in many settings – at home, in school, with friends, as a part of their community.
Although Alpine Academy is a school, it doesn’t look like one. It doesn’t look like a treatment facility either, although it is one. What Alpine Academy looks like is a home. Research shows that children learn best in a family like environment. They eat meals together in the dining room, work together on daily chores and are expected to participate in group activities, much as they would in everyday life.
Our programs utilize a cognitive-behavioral approach, including the following elements: LIFE (Learning in a Family Environment) skills teaching, individual, group, and family therapy, psychiatric services and therapeutic family weekends. We make remarkable changes in troubled children because we’ve been doing it for over 37 years.
Alpine Academy is also an accredited school. We are accredited with NAAS and are certified as a non-public school in California. We are able to service existing IEPs for girls with special academic needs. Our principal, guidance counselor, and highly-credentialed teachers are committed to providing a high quality academic setting that completes the individual treatment needs for each girl.
Our parent company, Utah Youth Village, is one of the largest and oldest charities in Utah helping troubled children. It is the only organization in Utah certified to use the Teaching-Family Model, perhaps the most thoroughly researched treatment method for troubled children and families in use today. Those trained in the Teaching Family Model provide security and love while teaching consistency and respect. Using this method, 82% of our girls are successful at implementing their new skills and stabilizing back at home, or in a step down placement.