The Life of a Student at Moonridge Academy

 "Busy" and "structured" are two words that seem to best describe life at Moonridge Academy.

A typical weekday is as follows: students arise early (6:30 AM), do chores, have breakfast, and get ready for a day of school.  School starts at 8:00 AM and lasts until 1:30 PM. Following lunch, students may do individual therapy, family therapy, homework, equine therapy, recreational therapy or other activities interspersed with an afternoon group therapy session (DBT, Adoption, Process Group, Self Esteem, etc). After dinner, students may do homework, have free time or do their stage work. The evening provides time to clean up, read, write in journals and share with the other students, prior to going to bed (9:45 PM).  Each evening before bedtime, girls participate in a goal setting group with the program staff.  

Every Wednesday, the daily schedule is replaced with a half to full day activity that might include an outdoor therapeutic trip to one of the local national parks, canyoneering in local canyons with guides, or other recreational but also highly therapeutic, age-appropriate activities chosen for their ability to reach girls and cause inner change. Other Wednesdays might include Equine Therapy and horseback riding or an academic field trip.  Students often describe these excursions as their favorite experiences at Moonridge Academy.

Even weekends are busy with service projects, riding lessons, work with animals, special classes, in-town events and personal time.  Once per month girls are on a 3 day trip.  Past trips have included whitewater rafting on the Colorado River, hiking in the Grand Canyon and skiing/snowboarding at the local ski resort.