All Kinds of News for September 11, 2019
In an effort to bring unique academic and experiential learning opportunities to students, Montana Academy has been on a multi-year journey to develop and implement new courses and curricula based on the tenets of collaboration and integration. This began as the creation of multi-disciplinary "interim" classes on its campus; three-week intensive classes that are day-long, team-taught and project-based.
Last year, to create a similar academic approach at Sky House (the Montana Academy transition program), Montana Academy implemented its own multi-disciplinary summer school curriculum that incorporated the study of local watersheds, Montana history, field drawing and literature. The coursework culminated with a week-long canoeing expedition down Montana's Missouri River to bring this content to life.
This year, Montana Academy pushed the envelope even further by including in the content Spanish language and grammar and community service, and our capstone experience was the school's first international trip to Costa Rica. To successfully pull this off, staff from Montana Academy collaborated with colleagues from New Summit Academy to develop a 10-day experience that included equal elements of cultural and linguistic immersion, educational experiences related to ecology and sustainable agriculture and the fun of exploring a new country. Six students from Sky House had the opportunity to participate in activities ranging from salsa dancing to exploring a coffee farm, from surfing to volunteering in a soup kitchen.
There is intentionality behind the drive to integrate social, emotional, and academic growth with new and collaborative experiential opportunities for Montana Academy's students. Montana Academy places significant emphasis on community as the academy believes that by living and learning with others, students are able to discover their truest and best selves. Life does not exist in neat, compartmentalized categories, so by breaking down these barriers, students have more opportunities to push themselves to learn and grow.
Montana Academy looks forward to continuing to expand opportunities for its students and Costa Rica was a great place to visit.
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, in so far as 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.