Cedar Ridge Academy is the school component of Cedar Ridge Residential Treatment Therapeutic Boarding School. We serve a coed population ages twelve to eighteen who struggle with emotional and behavioral issues that often affect their academics. The resolution of these therapeutic issues has a direct affect on the students’ ability to focus and succeed academically.
The first three to six months after enrollment are spent building relationships, working on therapeutic and academic skills remediation. We begin by assessing the student through the lens of our experience with at-risk youth, previous school reports, and psycho-educational testing reports as well as communication with the therapists and residential staff in our milieu. After a student has settled in and made some notable therapeutic progress, we then make our greatest academic progress.
Preparing students for graduation and transition
While we adhere to Utah state graduation requirements, we are also sensitive to setting our students up for the smoothest transition to a school near home or to college once they have completed their therapeutic goals.
Historically we have had students in the following Ethnic percentages:
- Eighty-five percent Caucasian
- >Six percent Asian
- Five percent Hispanic
- Two percent African American
- Two percent Native American
Teachers and school staff trained to address student behavioral issues
Teachers and school staff are involved as part of a milieu to address the behavioral as well as academic issues of our students. As part of teaching at a therapeutic boarding school, the teachers are trained in the same behavioral management system as the therapists and residential staff. This translates to the teachers consistently addressing behaviors and mood inconsistencies that are beyond the academic realm but that affect the students’ abilities to succeed in a school setting.