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Oakley School

Therapeutic Boarding School

Oakley School Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 14 to 19
Grades: 9 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 120
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1998
Accreditations: Affiliations:

Oakley School Contact Information

P.O. Box 357
251 West Weber Canyon Road
Oakley, UT 84055
Phone: (435) 783-5001
Fax: (435) 783-5010
School Contact: Carrie Thompson
Alternative Contact: James Meyer
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

For teens struggling in high school, The Oakley School is a therapeutic college-preparatory boarding school that has proven over the last decade that excellence in education can be combined with effective therapy and life experiences.  The four cornerstones of the Oakley School program set the national standard, with rigorous academic curriculum, sophisticated clinical support through individual, group, and family therapy, an active and empowering student life experience, and diverse experiential education program. 

The Oakley School is a coed college preparatory therapeutic boarding high school for ages 14-19. The Oakley School maintains high academic standards in a context that nurtures thoughtfulness, emotional vitality, social responsibility, and physical health.

Together, students and staff create the shared experience: commitment to excellence, preparation for the future, and an exceptional education.

The Oakley School Mission

Our mission is to inspire each student to respect and pursue educational and moral growth while developing the individual skills crucial to succeed in a complex, changing world.

By engaging in diverse educational experiences, both in and out of the classroom, self-esteem is strengthened and life skills are promoted. What parents find in Oakley School is a place for their children to excel in academics, acquire positive emotional communication and responsibility, and discover new strengths in physical adventures and community service.

All students can benefit from the personal growth available in a supportive context. At the Oakley School, students claim the power of their emotions and learn to exercise intuition, creating balance with the analytical and reasonable aspects of themselves. They learn to be sensitive to their own needs and to the emotions of others, as well. Wholeness, accountability, and understanding result.

Therapy is integrated daily and weekly into each student's time at Oakley.

Individualized, strategic counseling is required on an ongoing basis to assist students in taking full advantage of all elements of the Oakley program. Students are required to sign up for a minimum of two individualized therapeutic sessions per month (or more when needed) and are given the opportunity to check in weekly with their therapist.

Family therapy is scheduled on opposite weeks of individual sessions with the parents, therapist and student, and is held via telephone conference calls.

Group therapy is scheduled a minimum of 4 times per week, broken into small school-wide focus groups, dorm-specific groups, and gender-specific groups.

Each dorm comes together twice a day. The students start each morning with a Sun-Up gathering prior to departing for breakfast, and a Sun-Down gathering at the end of the evening prior to lights out. These gatherings are designed to do a soft check in with each student and to address personal and living environment concerns that naturally arise with our students and dorm life.

Recovery meetings are held five nights a week for students who need recovery support, and each student designs the amount of support and meeting they need during their initial weeks at Oakley. Students participate in 12 Step meetings on and off campus. Nearly Everything Anonymous encompasses substance use, codependent behaviors, and many of the addictive issues our students face. Most students attend a minimum of one meeting per week and a 12 Step meeting of their choice.

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