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Alpine Academy is a Residential Therapeutic School for girls ages 12-18 with emotional disturbances. Students live on a rural community campus in homes with Family Teachers who are trained and certified in the evidence-based Teaching-Family Model. Students attend a fully accredited school (also on campus) with highly-qualified teachers that are certified in their core subject and Special Education. Students also receive weekly individual, family, and group therapy from Master’s level clinicians.— Visit school website
Alpine was founded in 2001, though is an expression of the work that Utah Youth Village has been doing since 1969. The setting, the sense of place, and the sense of purpose are all great strengths of the program. The school presents an opportunity for girls to start over, to reimagine who they are and what they might become. It follows the Teaching-Family Model, what the APA describes as “one of the few evidence-based residential treatment programs for troubled children” and recognizing its successes in application. In contrast to programs that see behavioural issues as analogous to illness or mental deficit, the T-F model understands those issues as stemming rather from a lack, for various reasons, of positive interpersonal relationships. What Alpine provides, from the moment that girls arrive, is precisely that: a place within an empathetic, supportive, safe community. For some, that alone is transformative. The typical student is one who displays symptoms associated with depression, mood disorders, trauma, attention deficits, and lowered self-esteem. They also all have skills, talents, and academic abilities, because of those symptoms, that have gone unrecognized and unexpressed. Alpine intends to change that, working with students in a close-knit, family styled environment. Their success is evidence in the feel of life on campus—this doesn’t feel like a treatment centre—and the successes of their graduates. The goal of all private schools is to provide a support to a specific segment of the student population, allowing them to reach their potentials in school and in life. Alpine has demonstrated an ability to meet that goal in every way.