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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Boulder Creek Academy’s facility and residential services below:

40 students is the average number enrolled at Boulder Creek Academy.

Boulder Creek Academy is a co-ed gender hybrid school, with a balance of co-ed activities and academics, allowing for opportunities to practice healthy relationships. We also offer a variety of gender-specific activities.

Boulder Creek Academy accepts students 13–17 years old, and older students may stay until their 19th birthday. The general length of stay varies from 12–18 months, depending upon goals, progress and next steps. There are numerous discussions, calls and meetings along the way to help parents determine the best plan.

Our small classes allow for a great deal of individualized time and attention for each student. The average class size is six to eight students.

Our classes are small, teacher-led and designed to challenge the students’ full abilities while providing support for students with various challenges. Math classes ranging from basic math, project math, algebra and geometry and up to calculus. Science classes range from earth science, life science, integrated science, astronomy, biology and chemistry. English classes are terrific, art classes are varied, and social studies are relevant and interesting. We have a Learning Center on campus that provides additional support in challenging areas for students. At any time, up to 15 of our students are meeting with the specialists several times a week to work on scaffolding designed to increase success in academics. Our staff reviews recent testing, administer additional testing and then offers recommendations.

Terms are 16 weeks each for a total of three trimesters, followed by a break week with activities or a home visit for qualified students. Students may participate in off-campus daily activities or off-campus overnights, such as kayaking or camping trips; carpentry; building for a community service project; science trips; Native American education experiences or biking/rafting trips.

Yes. We are accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancED) and the Northwest Accreditation Commission/NWAC) and may grant high school diplomas.

Family visits are arranged approximately every eight weeks. Families may also visit on both the Thanksgiving holiday and Winter Break. The progression for visits starts with a first visit weekend on campus, second-weekend “hours off during the day” and third-weekend overnights in a nearby hotel with family. By the fourth visit, most students are in the challenge phase and available for home visits (some are ready earlier and some later) as allowed in the academic schedule. On each visit, therapeutic goals, activities and expectations are outlined in advance for students and their families.

Family therapy occurs via telephone or a secure online video platform weekly with a second social call after completing the first phase. Your child’s therapist will coordinate with you to schedule a regular time for these calls.

Boulder Creek Academy contracts with a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who handles medication management. If your student is currently on medication, please bring an adequate supply. If your child is not currently on medication, and you are interested in exploring the possibility, we can arrange for a consultation with the Psychiatrist. We can also work with our psychiatrist to evaluate and potentially reduce your child’s medication if so advised.

An awake staff member resides in each of the dorms overnight and checks on students numerous times per hour. In addition, there is an administrator on-call on evenings and weekends, as well as a nurse.

Students may have an MP3 player from home after they complete their first few weeks of orientation classes. There is a computer lab for completing academic work, some access to Wii games, and laptops for classwork. We also work with families on reintegrating students into the “technology” world through visits as they progress in the program.

Yes. We provide vegetarian offerings at each meal and can accommodate most dietary requests.

Reach out to Boulder Creek Academy Today

We feature strong academics, small class sizes and dedicated and knowledgeable teachers and clinicians. For more than two decades, Boulder Creek Academy has been helping students all over the United States and internationally to reach their full potential. Call us today at 877-348-0848 to begin the admissions and enrollment process.