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Provo Canyon School

Residential Treatment Center

Provo Canyon School Program Information

Gender: Male/Female Separate Campuses
Ages: 12 to 17
Grades: 10 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 248 [Girls 116; Boys 116 (2 campuses)]
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1971
Accreditations: Affiliations:

Provo Canyon School Contact Information

1350 E. 750 North
Orem, UT 84097
Phone: (800) 848-9819
Fax: (801) 223-7130
School Contact: Brent Esplin, MS, L.M.F.T.
Alternative Contact: Jeremy Cottle, Ph.D., CEO
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

For over 38 years, Provo Canyon School has been dedicated to providing an environment for positive change in the lives of young people who experience difficulty in their lives. We believe in the basic worth of each individual, treat our students and their families with integrity and high ethical standards, and remain committed to making our specialty of care the best in the profession.

The Sommerset program is a residential treatment center for boys and girls ages 10 – 14 located in Springville, Utah. Sommerset has been in existence as a distinct program successfully treating students since 1993 and is owned an operated by Provo Canyon School. The program is designed to meet the needs of boys and girls who have unique behavioral, emotional and social delays. The structured living environment provides separate boys and girls programs and allows therapists, cottage staff, and teachers to dedicate their time to the distinct developmental needs of the student body. The staff to student ratio allows therapists to provide immediate feedback, support in setting daily goals, while leaving time for learning, exercise, fun and play.

The program is licensed by the Utah Department of Human Services and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accredited Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The elementary and middle school are accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS).

The Sommerset Program serves students experiencing behavioral, emotional, educational and substance abuse problems. With an emphasis on individuality, the services offered address specific and co-occurring issues such as:

* Depression
* Asperger's Syndrome
* Anxiety
* Social and Emotional Delays
* Attachment Disorders
* Parent/Child Conflict
* Learning Disabilities * Self Injury
* Bipolar Disorder
* Poor Peer Relations
* Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
* Oppositional Defiant Disorder
* Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
* Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Provo Canyon School has long maintained a tradition of academic excellence within the
residential treatment community. Accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools since
1973, we offer direct classroom instruction for students in grades 5-12.

Teachers are certified in their content area, and currently have or are working on a Special
Education Licensure. We maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio in order to provide students
individualized help in both core and elective classes.

Many students who come to Provo Canyon School have struggled with academic
performance in a traditional school setting. We offer students the opportunity to work toward
their full potential through a supportive academic environment that includes positive
incentives for good grades, two week monitoring of each student’s academic progress, daily
study hall time, access to individualized teacher help, and daily feedback on assignment
completion. For high school students, we also offer access to a library, and a career
counseling center.

Provo Canyon School operates on a year-round, three semesters per year system. Providing
three full semesters of coursework per year enables students who are credit deficient to work
towards earning a high school diploma and provides opportunities for students to overcome
learning gaps they may have developed due to truancy or other factors.

Students attend class in a traditional setting: Monday through Friday, 5 ½ hours each day,
typically enrolled in six classes and a study hall. Those enrolled in the elementary program
will study subject matter in an environment similar to that of a public elementary school
setting, yet with the supportive academic atmosphere already mentioned.

Provo Canyon offers a curriculum that is challenging yet attainable. Throughout the school’s
history, we have emphasized the belief that students have the ability to learn, change,
progress, and grow. We are thankful and proud to have played a small part in the lives of the
thousands of students who have made these changes in their life.

Is Provo Canyon School right for my child?

12 - 17 years of age

Problems Related to Personal and Emotional Functioning:
Low self-esteem, impulsivity, poor judgment-making skills, low frustration tolerance, depression, anger outbursts, substance abuse

Problems Related to Family Functioning:
Communication difficulties, lack of respect for others in the family, running away, defiance to the rules of the home, verbally or physically aggressive, lack of emotional bonding

Problems Related to Community and Social Relationships:
Participation in illegal activities, truant from school, stealing, vandalism, difficulty maintaining appropriate peer relationships, poor social relationships, sexual promiscuity, or acting out

Academic Difficulties:
Poor academic performance, disruptive or delinquent behaviors in the classroom, mild or moderate learning disabilities

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