• Residential Treatment Program for Teens 14-17

Academics at Solstice West

Our students come to Solstice for a variety of reasons that impact academic performance, including learning disabilities, trauma or emotional disorders that affect their learning, or attention deficits. These and other challenges sometimes result in school refusal. Our goal is to create a traditional, challenging academic environment that maintains a strong college preparatory curriculum while supporting their emotional and learning needs. We work to help our students in their journey to become productive, successful, confident people.

As one of the leading therapy boarding schools, we have designed our academic approach to meet students where they are, and to help them develop an individualized academic plan with specific, measurable goals in order to support their learning and therapeutic process.

Through our fully accredited school, students can experience incredible academic gains, as well as overall improvements in their self-esteem, self-efficacy, and become enthusiastic lifelong learners. All students can learn; some just need additional support to develop their unique intellectual talents.

  • Small Classes, One-on-One Attention: Class sizes are purposefully kept small, with no more than 12 students per class, in order to allow more individual attention and hands-on learning. Our average class size is around 6 students.
  • Shorter Terms, Flexible Schedules: Our academic program operates year-round, offering five 9.5-week terms in which students can earn a full quarter credit in each class. Students who complete high school at Solstice receive a diploma from the state of Utah. Other students may transfer credits to any future school due to Solstice’s accreditation status.
  • Multiple Learning Styles: Each student takes a learning style quiz upon admission, and is then provided tools which will help foster successful, meaningful learning. Each teacher is trained to be aware and address the unique needs of our students, and seamlessly integrate both academic and therapeutic goals.
Health and Fitness

Our students participate in a variety of fitness activities daily. Learn more about how our programming provides a holistic approach to health.

The percentage of Solstice students ready for college curriculum across all four tested subjects was

74%

Higher than the State Average

Integration of Academics and Therapy

At Solstice, we have put a great deal of effort into developing an academic program that is fully integrated with our clinical program. Our experience has shown us those teens that start to succeed academically experience a great boost in their motivation in other areas of their lives. Students begin to feel good about themselves again by experiencing an increase in self-confidence and self-efficacy, which, in turn, has a very positive impact on their clinical progress and family relationships.

Schedule

Solstice’s class schedule operates on a block schedule with 70-minute classes.  Research suggests that longer classes and more one-on-one attention help students thoroughly understand material and clearly understand the expectations for each class.

Independent Study

Students can choose from a variety of electives offered by Brigham Young University’s Independent Study program for high school students. These courses are overseen by our Independent Study Coordinator.

Fall/Spring Semester

  • Math: Math 1 (Algebra I), (Math II) Geometry, Math III (Algebra II), PreCalculus, Calculus
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Social Studies: Geography, World History, U.S. History, Government/Civics
  • English: Language Arts 9-12
  • Art: Art Foundations, Art History
  • Study Strategies
  • Fitness for Life
  • Electives: Financial Literacy, Health, Computer Technology, College and Career Readiness, Life Skills

Summer Semester

  • Math: Math Foundations, Math Credit Recovery
  • Science: Botany, Zoology, Forensics, Science Credit Recovery
  • Social Studies: Psychology, Sociology, History through Film, Contemporary U.S. History, History Credit Recovery
  • English: Creative Writing, Poetry, Science Fiction, Advanced Reading, English Credit Recovery
  • Art: Drawing Techniques, Painting, Illustrations, Portfolio Development
  • Study Strategies
  • Fitness for Life
  • Electives: Life Skills, Computer Technology, Health, Financial Literacy
We Help Families

We can help yours, too. Call our admissions team today to learn more about our therapeutic program.