Why We Believe Strong Academics Matter

We Are All In.  Every One of Us, Every Day, Meeting the Needs of Students Where They Are.

Moonridge Academy is intensely therapeutic and is fundamentally different from traditional boarding schools. Many of our studdents are very capable and intelligent.  Some of our students also have challenges with learning disabilities or ADHD.  In some cases, academic under performance can be directly attributed to the clinical issues students might be facing. Our ability to successfully resolve their emotional challenges can provide students with the ability to perform to the level of their academic potential.

Our teachers are enthusiastic and know how to quickly discern different learning styles, adapt classroom instruction and assignments to each student.  We help each student to be successful in school and most importantly to ensure that they are learning.  Instructors often use project based and experiential activities to teach curriculum.  Teachers also provide differentiated assignments to allow for a student's individual learning needs. In collaboration with the therapists and program staff, teachers create a supportive environment where we value:

  • Safety and Security
  • Uniqueness and Diversity
  • Nurturing Relationships
  • High Expectations
  • Individual Needs of Every Student

Moonridge Academy believes that a challenging, stimulating educational program is an important key to restoring balance and health to our students. Success in the classroom has far-reaching effects into other areas of life. As a result, we provide a high quality, fully accredited educational program.  This program includes traditional academic studies, a fine-arts curriculum and computer-aided instruction. Special attention is paid to meeting the needs of each individual student. Our goal is to develop positive self-esteem in a climate that stimulates creativity and individuality. Our philosophy is based on the belief that each student has unique capabilities and talents.  We feel that a wide variety of experiences are needed to help students discover and enhance their talents. We help each child to experience success that can be applied to all aspects of our education and clinical programs. Academic expectations are high and with the guidance of a highly trained and caring academic team, students learn to master the necessary skills to prepare them for their future.  Students who enter our program academically behind, are often able to catch up with their class work while receiving the therapeutic care that is required.

Moonridge Academy is child-focused within a curriculum-focused classroom. Students are able to be challenged to their individual potential in classrooms of on average 2-4 students. Classroom learning is important for students and helps students prepare for their next education placement.  A large emphasis is placed in teaching students study and organizational skills needed to be successful learners. These executive functioning skills, along with developing respectful relationships with teachers and learning how to appropriately advocate for their own learning, are taught by incorporating learning activities and behavior expectations into the therapeutic advancement criteria.

A broad enrichment program gives our students opportunities for success that empower them to succeed elsewhere. Teachers are carefully selected based on their expertise and love for what they teach.  Most importantly, Moonridge Academy is a place where students feel loved and respected, based on our belief that a child who feels accepted will eagerly want to learn and will feel self-confident in doing so. Moonridge Academy academics is offered in a supportive and stimulating environment dedicated to:

  • Helping students develop high-level thinking skills so that the process of learning applies to all aspects of life outside school.
  • Establishing a well-balanced environment that nurtures positive self-esteem.
  • Providing a climate that stimulates creativity and is supportive of the unique qualities of each child.
  • Making teachers and students accountable for the mastery of basic academic skills.
  • Creating a democratic environment that promotes respect for others.