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We are a year-round, Christian therapeutic boarding school for troubled youth who are struggling with behavioral issues or academics. Our facility is located in the beautiful mountains of the Dominican Republic, which is the most traveled-to country in the Caribbean and has the highest rate of individuals identifying themselves as Christians (80% of the population are either Catholic or Protestant). CMA enrolls English-speaking teenagers (age 13 – 17) from around the world. The school is a part of Crosswinds, an Indiana-based non-profit counseling service. We are intentionally located in a unique location and environment that effectively brings about an astonishing change in the attitudes of today’s depressed and troubled teenagers.
“The decision to pull a student out of their home context is a really big step. It’s often the right step for a family and when that step is needed, we’re here and we’re available. Our plan at CMA, and our hope is to spark lasting change in a student’s life and then get students back into the home context as quickly as possible.” – Andrew Stroup, CMA Director
Caribbean Mountain Academy offers a wide variety of opportunity that aims to unify families and turn today’s struggling teens into tomorrow’s leaders. Program highlights include accredited academics with opportunities to recover lost credits, family and individual counseling, service projects in the local community and adventure activities only found on a Caribbean Island. Your teenager can explore waterfalls, hike mountains, visit the beach or go white water rafting!
Our campus spans 30 exotic acres and features a fully-equipped weight room, basketball court, soccer field and much more. The priceless views, 24/7 supervision, mentoring and (optional) spiritual discipleship from staff that desire to see your teenager thrive give your child a once in a lifetime opportunity for a fresh start!
The goal of our program is to equip our students for a healthy life.
Our goal is not to solve all of their problems, but help them to be able to work through things in a healthy way, while becoming healthy themselves. We do this by teaching them how to identify a good vs. a poor choice. Showing them how to navigate those situations and walk out better choices. We then allow them to practice those skills and then prepare them for reintegration into everyday life.
The 5 pillars of Crosswinds Caribbean Mountain Academy
Many parents identify with at least 1 of the 5 core pillars of Crosswinds’ Caribbean Mountain Academy. These pillars define the school and the experience families get when they send a student to CMA. They are the foundation of what CMA does and helps the school stand apart from other Christian boarding schools.
“The 5 pillars make us who we are, and if you take one away, we’re not CMA anymore. We have a high success rate with students, and we believe these pillars are the reason why.” – Andrew Stroup
Crosswinds’ Caribbean Mountain Academy believes that counseling is the first step in getting help for a troubled teen, and there are times when you need a little extra help. Enrolling your teenager in a Christian residential treatment center is a big deal for everyone involved, Crosswinds knows that and they’re here to help you. The counselors at Caribbean Mountain Academy all have master’s degrees in counseling or social work and are supervised by a licensed therapist. They utilize various evidence-based practices in their counseling sessions.
School & Accreditation
In school, students benefit from a low student-to-teacher ratio and from one-on-one tutoring by a certified teacher. Students do their studies through an accredited online program that helps students to learn the material at their own pace. This has allowed many students to recover lost credits and even get ahead in their school work. A licensed teacher is present in the classroom to help students with any questions they have. The teachers are equipped to accommodate a wide range of learning disabilities. Class sizes are small, which helps teens get a lot of individualized attention. Also, classes are divided by gender, which creates less opportunity for distraction.
Have you ever just wanted to simply start over?
Many Crosswinds students would do just about anything to have a clean slate. They often have a reputation that precedes them. No matter what they do or say, they can’t seem to shake what others have already determined from their “troubled” past. Instead of fighting this preconceived image, young people often give up, acting and reacting based on what others already expect. The Dominican experience will allow them to:
“Throughout my journey here, I feel like the main thing I found out about myself was my identity. I had no idea who I was… but being here I found out that I have value and purpose.” – Anna
Summer 2019 Program for At-Risk Youth
With summer soon approaching, you may be concerned about how your teen will fill their time, the choices they will make, and who they are spending time with. Caribbean Mountain Academy’s eight-week faith-based summer program offers help for struggling teens and hope for their future.
Our summer program offers daily structure with counseling, education & credit recovery, service projects within the surrounding Dominican community, and adventure based activities! It can turn this summer into a time of hope, healing, and respite for your teen and the entire family.