Our small all-girls, nurturing environment provides the springboard to healing and wellness. A smaller program of only 16 girls allows for more individualized treatment and a lot of one-on-one time for each student.  This is an ideal situation for students who might struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma or attachment issues. Because our overall census and therapist caseloads are small, Moonridge Academy staff have the time, training and ability to focus on the root cause of clinical issues rather than dealing with superficial symptoms.  

Students are given a staff youth coach who helps them to explore the "why" and "how come" of behaviors. They are taught new skills to prepare them for the future. A few of the skills sets taught at Moonridge Academy include:

  • Expressing feelings before acting out
  • Social skills
  • Relationship skills
  • Communication about fears and hurt
  • Having healthy boundaries
  • Correctly reading social cues in social settings
  • Making good decisions "in the moment"

Moonridge Academy also believes in broad clinical training to help girls with special needs. This training includes teaching DBT skills, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Adventure Therapy, Equine Therapy, EMDR and other trauma work.