Turning Winds Academic Program

Academics are core to the Turning Winds program.  Education gives young people essential tools with which to develop skills, independence, and opportunity. 

The talented teachers and academic counselors at Turning Winds meet the educational needs of each student while taking into consideration their school district requirements, grade level material, and academic proficiency.  They are also adept at identifying and addressing learning disorders as well as working with those students who may have an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  In contrast, a more challenging learning environment is used to meet the needs of those who are high academic achievers. 

The process of learning can be powerfully therapeutic.  Engaging in the study, research, and productivity of schoolwork increases knowledge and competency.  The mindful pursuit of education can relate to all areas of life.  At Turning Winds, educators help students see parallels between the rigors of academic life and the pursuit of a meaningful personal life.   Academics serve the dual purposes of continuing the educational trajectory and training students to successfully transfer critical thinking skills to the pursuit of life goals. 

Turning Winds offers a high-quality academic experience for each of its teenage clients. Students enrolled at Turning Winds experience an individualized academic experience. Our research shows that our students earn an average GPA of 3.5 while here, and in a 12-month time period our average student completes about 1.5-2 years of school while experiencing an increase in GPA of almost a full letter grade versus what their GPA was before coming to our Montana residential treatment program. 


  • CDE Funding Approved
  • COGNIA Accreditation
  • Grades 7-12 (GED and college courses as appropriate)
  • College prep curriculum
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Hybrid scholastic model
  • Certified Specialized Educator
  • Small Classroom Sizes
  • Credit Recovery
  • Academic study skills and executive function support
  • ACT and SAT test prep



Turning Winds seeks to turn hearts and minds toward a brighter future. We believe that creating relationships is key to success in life. At our residential treatment center, we challenge each student to achieve personal excellence in academics and communication as they become self-directed and continue on their path of growth and achievement.

Turning Winds provides a variety of teaching and learning opportunities such as experiential learning, leadership development, career planning, field trips, technology integration, as well as additional educational activities and resources that we integrate to support student learning.


Our certified educators are dedicated to providing each teen with a high-quality education to set them on a path to future success. Educators structure individualized learning for students based on their unique learning needs.  Our team promotes an optimal learning environment for each student to thrive.  We offer small class sizes of 8 -12 students to allow our teachers to spend the individual time needed with each student.  We provide a hybrid scholastic approach to teaching with one-on-one tutoring, teacher-led instruction, and online schooling.  We utilize APEX for our math and science programs which allows us to line up a student’s education sequence based on their home state’s requirements.

Our goal is to make sure that each and every student gets the education and support they need for success. We work closely with the counseling departments in every student’s previous school to fill in any gaps in their current educational path.

Sometimes students come to us with existing IEPs or suffer from various learning disorders. Our experienced teaching staff will work with our clinicians to help treat learning disorders within the classroom and support any IEPs through every stage of our residential program. 

Many students who come to us have been underachieving in their previous academic environment, and through our program emerge in a place set up for success. We have 98% of our teens go on to college or trade school, and our students have even gone on to attend some of the top universities in the nation.


Our comprehensive curriculum offerings and individualized plans provide everything your teen needs to get their education on the right track. Turning Winds offers almost any class our students will need to continue their education. We work closely with counselors from previous schools for each student to ensure that all criteria for graduation are met. We can also arrange AP classes and AP testing for students seeking an advanced level of education, and address both SAT and ACT preparation and testing for students to remain on track with educational requirements.


Since we offer an accredited education program, teens of applicable age with the necessary credits can earn their high school diploma. We hold graduation ceremonies for our graduating teens every quarter. During the ceremony, we proceed similarly to a traditional school graduation. We have keynote speakers and our graduates often present speeches or tributes as part of their graduation. 

 Montana Therapeutic boarding school component

You may have thought or may be thinking “My teen is failing school and life, what do I do?” Our successful residential program in Montana has helped underachieving teens struggling with mental health issues realize their academic potential for over twenty years. Our academic program is proven and works in unison with our residential treatment center to provide teens with positive outcomes.  We can help!  Contact Us for more information, or call us at 800-845-1380. If your call isn’t answered personally, one of us will get back to you as soon as possible.


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