All Kinds of News for September 13, 2017
“I can’t tell you how many of our newly enrolled students seek me out to let me know that they ‘do not do school,’” explained Boulder Creek Academy Executive Director Lisa Hester.
Boulder Creek Academy students have spent years in academic settings where their unique learning styles were not understood or capitalized upon. Despite all the support and tutoring their parents arranged, they still felt different. Many began to believe they were stupid and not capable of learning, which in turn led to anxiety and depression.
Boulder Creek Academy teachers are the experts when it comes to non-traditional learners. Boulder Creek Academy features a state-certified special education program and our academic team includes the Academic Director who holds a master’s level Special Education certification, the Science Teacher who holds a Ph.D. and the master’s level English Teacher who has been teaching on campus for 20 years.
Students are immersed in a nurturing learning environment where instructors utilize a variety of teaching methods that play to students’ academic strengths and support them in developing successful strategies to cope with academic challenges. In classrooms instructors utilize experiential learning practices and bring tools to students such as graphic organizers, color coding and sequencing, and task initiation.
Students also benefit from special education services that develop phonemic awareness, passage comprehension, attention and concentration capabilities, operational and problem solving abilities and working memory. Boulder Creek Academy uses comprehensive testing to assess students ability and to track progress.
“We have a student whose reading comprehension went from the fourth grade level to the college level and a student who is spelling four grade levels higher than when he enrolled,” said Hester.
Boulder Creek Academy’s academic program features:
- Certified Special Education Program
- Average class size of 5-6 students
- One-on-one teacher support
- Academic coaching
- Executive function skill building
- Extended time
- Onsite academic testing
- Linda Mood Bell Sensory-Cognitive Instruction Programs
- Stetson Spelling Program
- Brainware Safari Cognitive Training Program
- Membean Vocabulary Instruction Program
Each day at Boulder Creek Academy is purposefully designed to maximize experiences that allow students to practice social skills, engage in academics, exhibit leadership qualities, benefit from therapeutic learning and have fun.
The academy has spent more than two-decades focused on meeting the unique needs of adolescents ages 13 to 18 who have experienced school failure and feel socially disconnected. Typical student challenges include unevenly developed cognitive skills, emotional regulation challenges, social difficulties, executive function issues, depression, anxiety, and extensive internet and gaming use. Students are also bright, creative, and compassionate young people.
To help students achieve to their full potential, Boulder Creek Academy offers a carefully designed blend of academics, therapy, plus adventure and leadership opportunities. Students benefit from: a college preparatory academic curriculum; personalized learning plans; special education support; individual, group, family, and equine assisted therapy; milieu counseling; character development; adventure education; plus our horticulture and therapeutic canine program.
About Boulder Creek Academy
For 24 years, Boulder Creek Academy has focused on meeting the unique needs of adolescents, ages 13 to 18, whose needs are not being met in a traditional school setting. At Boulder Creek Academy students rediscover their academic and social confidence. The key to our success is that we reignite our students’ belief in themselves by utilizing time-tested and proven methods. Students begin to experience academic achievement, regain self-esteem, learn to embrace their uniqueness and become capable learners who are confident in themselves. The campus is situated on 180-acres at the base of the Cabinet Mountains in northern Idaho. Students are accepted for enrollment year-round.