All Kinds of News for December 05, 2018
Montana Academy recently was visited by two representatives from NIPSA, the National Independent Private Schools Association, over the course of a three-day period in order to review and renew their academic and therapeutic accreditation. This process occurs every five years and is a large undertaking for academic faculty, clinical and program staff, as well as the administration. This process and site visit offers the opportunity to ensure that Montana Academy is providing students and families with a quality of care that reflects our values and cultivates a sense of community while providing robust academics and clinical sophistication.
NIPSA's mission is to ensure that schools are effective in their educational program as well as delivering other high quality services. The NIPSA accreditation evaluates services provided to students and their families, and also reviews each organization internally from organizatinal structure to on-going staff training and overall policies and procedures. NIPSA is dedicated to ensuring that the mission and objectives set forth by each organization are upheld to a high standard and takes into consideration the overall quality of life including physical plant, dormitory life, health/safety, and assures that each program is consistently looking ahead for future improvements and that the staff, faculty, and program offerings are continually evolving.
The NIPSA site visit spent time on Montana Academy's 480-acre campus and also took time to visit the Sky House, Montana Academy's in-town transition houses, to evaluate the continuity and quality of care between to the two venues. Their visitors took time to interview staff and faculty members across departments and met with Montana Academy's leadership team. The accreditation process is rigorous leading up to the site visit and is a testament to the collaboration and investment that exists amongst the various departments at Montana Academy.
"The visit from NIPSA was a welcome process for Montana Academy and we are proud of the work that is done on a daily basis to uphold our mission for our students and their families. Montana Academy is committed to evaluating itself in regards to our offerings and look forward to future visits to ensure that we are upholding this commitment."
About Montana Academy
Founded in 1997, Montana Academy is a coed, accredited, privately-owned therapeutic boarding school located in Northwest Montana. Unique in the nation, Montana Academy provides students a robust combination of clincal sophistication, an effective therapeutic program, and a challenging prep school all situated on a 500 acre Montana Ranch. Instead of limiting treatment to symptom relief, (pills or brief therapies), Montana Academy pursues a two-step diagnosis and dual treatment: (a) to identify and remove, insofaras possible, the obstacles to psychological development; and (b) to prod student to achieve new psychological milestones and so to restore the momentum of normal adolescent maturity.