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Discovery Academy

Therapeutic Boarding School

Discovery Academy Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 12 to 18
Grades: 7 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 77
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1989
Accreditations: Affiliations:

Discovery Academy Contact Information

105 North 500 West
Provo, UT 84601
Phone: (801) 374-2121
Fax: (801) 373-4451
School Contact: Mari Allman
Alternative Contact: Brent Hall
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Located at the base of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains of Utah, in one of America's safest communities, the Discovery Academy is a wonderful place for bright but failing teens 13 to 18 years of age. Discovery Academy is a fully-accredited coed, treatment oriented, boarding school designed to help teenagers that are failing at school, at home, and within the community.

For over two decades we have shared the pain and sorrow families endure with a troubled teen in the home. We understand how difficult it is to place a loved one in the hands of another care giver.

If you are the parent or loved one of a troubled teen, we can help. We’ve worked with hundreds of families and we understand how difficult it can be to love, and live with, a teen that often seems out of control.

Our web site is designed to give you as much information as you’d like about our program. It also gives us an opportunity to learn a little about your teen.

Here are two questions you may want answered before you explore our site further:

What is Discovery Academy?

Discovery Academy is a therapeutic boarding school located in Provo, Utah. Situated in between the spectacular Wasatch Mountains to the east and Utah Lake to the west, a variety of outdoor educational and recreational opportunities are literally at our doorstep.

Discovery Academy serves students ages 13-17. We offer the best of both worlds - separate programs for boys and girls with opportunities for appropriate co-ed interaction. Our student body is limited to just 32 girls and 50 boys.

Our small school environment lets us create an atmosphere where every student is known and every need is addressed.

At Discovery Academy, academics, residential living, and therapeutics are all built on an experiential foundation. In each area, our students learn by doing. We focus on building relationships, respect and responsibility.

Using this model, we help students discover their true potential, rekindle their love for learning and prepare for post-high school educational opportunities.

What kind of student comes to Discovery Academy?

Many of our students are bright underachievers with behavioral and or emotional problems that have manifested themselves in school, at home and within the community.

Other Academy students have learning disabilities that require the one-on-one learning environment in which we specialize.

Many of our students have simply fallen into the wrong peer crowd and insist on blaming everyone but themselves for their problems.

The Academy is an excellent choice for teens that have failed in traditional boarding schools and/or are transitioning from other types of treatment programs, such as wilderness or intensive residential treatment programs.

Our Program

At the Academy, discovery is a process, not just a name. Discovery Academy provides an exclusive environment that offers students a safe venue for personal growth on many levels.

We facilitate that growth through relationships. As we work side-by-side with our students in academic, therapeutic, and residential activities we have an opportunity to create a 24/7 therapeutic environment.

Experiential, relationship therapy is the foundation for every Discovery Academy experience. Doing creates an opportunity for understanding. Sharing the experience is the key to relationship building. Relationships help inspire students to reach higher. That reaching process opens the door to identity. Our students come to understand who they really are and what they are capable of achieving.

The Academy offers separate programs for boys and girls. Our boys program serves 50 young men. The girls program has 32 students. Our small student population makes it possible for us to focus on the individual academic and therapeutic needs of each student.

Our girls program is housed in our newly completed Academic Center. Completed in July, 2008, the Academic Center houses classroom, library, fitness and cafeteria facilities. Our fine arts center is also located in this building.

The top floor of the facility includes girls’ dormitory housing, consisting eight rooms with four girls per room. Each room has its own bathroom. Two large “community” rooms give girls a chance to meet and recreate together as part of the larger dorm family.

The boys’ residential area is located in our original building. Here four students share a room and each room has its own bathroom. Dorms are comprised of two to three rooms. Common areas for study and relaxation are adjacent to each to each dorm. The boys attend school, enjoy meals, and use library facilities in our newly constructed Academic Center.

Girls and boys attend school and dine in separate sessions. However, our unique campus allows us to combine both programs when appropriate and under closely supervised conditions. For example, the entire student body participates in our Parents’ Seminar theater productions, as well as community service projects, student government, and extra-curricular clubs.

These co-ed learning experiences prepare our students to return home by giving them opportunities to practice appropriate social skills.

Whether it’s academics, theater arts, sports or outdoor recreation, we create an environment where students are required to leave their comfort zones and see their world, and themselves, with new eyes.

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