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Waterfall Canyon Academy

Small Residential Program

Waterfall Canyon Academy Program Information

Gender: Boys Only
Ages: 12 to 18
Grades: K - 12
Estimated Enrollment: 12
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2008
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Waterfall Canyon Academy Contact Information

818 North 950 East
Ogden, UT 84404
Phone: (801) 737-9460
Fax: (801) 737-9466
School Contact: Karen Nickel
Alternative Contact: Richard Dimick
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Waterfall Canyon Academy's Residential Treatment Centers are licensed private homes for adolescent males, ages 12 to 17, with cognitive disabilities. Students with average intellectual functioning, but whose "social IQ", such as those with Asperger's Disorder, are also eligible. The homes offer a nurturing environment with an emphasis on social skill development, individualized therapeutic treatment and academic achievement. The maximum number of students at the NORTH CAMPUS is twelve, and the maximum number of students at the SOUTH CAMPUS is sixteen, allowing us to provide the individual attention needed for these youth to be successful. We provide opportunities to participate in recreational activities and community service projects, which further complement the youth's treatment, prepare them for life's challenges and improve their overall sense of well-being.

Waterfall Canyon Academy's Transitional Living Program is designed for males, ages 17 to 25, who are transitioning from residential treatment centers, wilderness programs, or therapeutic boarding schools. Our program provides a structured, therapeutic, community-based environment that focuses on providing real-world experiences to prepare young adults to live independently. Residents live in a newly remodeled historic 13-unit apartment building with community advisors and clinical staff to provide one-on-one counseling, support services, and links to community resources.

The ownership and administrative team at Waterfall Canyon Academy have provided residential care and therapy services to Utah youth and their families as Progressive Youth, Inc. since 1996. We have specialized in treatment of youth with cognitive impairment, opposition and defiance disorders, substance abuse/dependency and sexual reactivity.

We recognize and embrace the fact that each student is unique. An individualized treatment plan is formulated for each student within the first thirty days of his stay. If adequate evaluations are available upon admission of the student, the treatment plan will be formulated within the first two weeks. In order to form the most effective treatment plan, the clinical team at Waterfall Canyon Academy will enlist the help of parents, referring agents, and professionals who have previously worked with the student. Each treatment goal will assist the student to communicate, identify, and practice pro-social attitudes and behaviors. Each student will be assigned to a primary therapist upon admission. The primary therapist will be the leader of the clinical team for the student.

The academic program at Waterfall Canyon Academy is accredited through the Northwest Association of Schools and is designed to meet students’ individual needs. Our certified teachers are trained to work with students with learning disabilities, students with emotional difficulties, and students with different behavioral issues. Our academic program has one main goal- "to prepare our students to be successful in future learning whether it is in a private, public, or post-high school setting.

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