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Stillwater Academy

Stillwater Academy


11175 South Redwood Rd South Jordan, Utah 84095

Type(s) :

Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen



Stillwater AcademyStillwater Academy provides a one-of-a-kind treatment model that helps families who have experienced profound family disruptions find healing and success. Through our unique approach, students who have experienced traumatic life events (adoption, attachment issues, traumatic divorce, abuse, maladaptive family systems) are kept in a family setting that provides warmth, support, love, consistency, education and wrap around treatment.

Stillwater AcademyWe serve teens ages 12-17 who are struggling with executive functioning challenges, adoption issues, PTSD, defiance, failure in school, learning disabilities (ADD/ADHD), depression, substance abuse, conflict in the home, or any of the other issues listed in our student profile.

12-17 yr old boys, girls, and transgender students come to Stillwater for help with a wide variety of issues including:

  • Acting out (in various ways)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lying
  • Manipulating
  • School Failure
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicidal ideations
  • Theft 

Heal the root issues of your troubled teen so they can shine bright again!

Stillwater Academy is a therapeutically intensive, relationship-based, family-oriented treatment program (long-term residential, intensive outpatient, and day treatment) for boys and girls ages 12-17 from all over the US and Canada who need help getting their lives back on track.

Stillwater Academy provides a one-of-a-kind treatment model that helps teens and families who have experienced profound family disruptions find healing and success. We are a dedicated, fun, caring team of therapists, doctors, parents, and mentors. We are here because we want to help teens figure out how to become their best selves; because we know that given the right environment, tools, support, and enough time that your teen can figure out how to live a happy successful life. Through our unique approach, students who have experienced traumatic life events (adoption, attachment issues, traumatic divorce, abuse, maladaptive family systems) are kept in a family setting that provides warmth, support, love, consistency, education, and wrap-around treatment

All students participate in individual, group, family, and equine therapy. Other types of therapy used are tailored to each student’s individual needs.

  • Group Therapy (2 Sessions Every Day)
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
  • Equine Assisted Therapy
  • Spiritual Principles
  • Strength-Based Approach

Stillwater AcademyIntensive outpatient and day treatment both require practice and follow-up in the evenings. Stillwater Academy’s unique housing approach allows teens hands-on practice of the skills they are learning in a family setting where they are required to contribute. During the evenings and on weekends teens participate with our housing staff in games, fun, and work.

In addition to therapy and school, a typical week at Stillwater Academy includes working hard at the gym, facing fears on the climbing wall, practicing with the band, working and riding horses at the ranch, and having time for reflection. We believe in working hard and playing hard. Students participate in a variety of activities that are designed to complement treatment by providing more avenues for building insight, confidence, trust, assertiveness, & teamwork. As teens advance through the program, they earn more trust and are permitted to participate in more activities.  

Activities that teens participate in during treatment may include:

  • Rock Climbing
  • Offering service at local civic functions, nursing homes, and centers for the handicapped
  • Participating in music therapy/band
  • Going out to movies
  • Bowling
  • Ice Skating
  • Tubing
  • Hiking/Back Packing
  • Going out to dinners
  • Trail Rides
  • Appropriate Concerts
  • Talent Shows
  • Field Trips
  • Ropes Courses
  • Playing Sports & Games

Academic Program 

Stillwater AcademyUpon Enrollment your student will meet with our Academic Director who will tailor an academic program specific to his/her needs and abilities. Students coming to Stillwater with an IEP can also be accommodated.

Class sizes are very small so that each student can learn at his or her own level and speed. This individual attention has proved especially helpful for students struggling with learning disorders. On average students see a 1.5 grade-point increase in their cumulative GPA during their stay in the program.

Accreditation is a great benefit for students looking to transfer credits earned back to their home school or onto higher education after they graduate from the program. Stillwater Academy has been recognized by the National Association of Special education Teachers as a School of Excellence; the highest award given by the organization.


Stillwater AcademyUpon enrollment, your student’s unique issues and challenges, as well as his/her strengths and abilities, will be assessed to identify specific treatment goals. Maintaining a small program makes it possible to adapt treatment to each student’s particular needs and circumstances.

Students start by ‘Learning to understand how their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors have affected them and those around them.

Students ‘Live’ by identifying the issues driving their inappropriate behaviors, and recognizing and taking responsibility for their thoughts, feelings, and actions, they then begin to discover their unique strengths and talents.

Students then ‘Lead’ by helping other students see these same things in themselves, building family relationships, practicing communication skills, and preparing for graduation.


If our philosophy lines up with what you are seeking for teens, please call or text ‪385-352-3371. We’d like to understand your unique situation and let you know if we can help.

About Therapeutic Boarding Schools in Utah

Utah Residential Treatment Centers and Therapeutic Boarding Schools

Residential programs in the state of Utah are required to employ a manager who will oversee the day to day resident supervision and facility operations and a a CPR certified staff member must be available at all times. All staff, volunteers and employees will be screened and given a background prior to working with the residents or within the facility. Professional staff should include a licensed physician, licensed psychologist and a licensed mental health professional and any unlicensed staff will be supervised by a licensed clinical professional at all times.

All residential facilities are required to maintain a minimum ratio of one staff to every four residents at all times during the daytime, however, night staff may be reduced, depending on the size of the facility. Staff in residential facilities will have a separate living space from the residents and all male and female living quarters will be separate and supervised. A single bedroom may house up to four residents (or two with disabilities) as long as each room occupant has a minimum of 60 square feet (including storage space). All residential facilities and treatment centers in Utah must be up to date on all safety and building health codes. 

Meals must be approved by a registered dietician and all facilities are required to note and accommodate the special nutritional needs or allergies of the resident consumers. All medication, hazardous chemicals and materials must be kept in locked storage and only qualified staff will administer, supervise and record medication dosage and effects. Provisions must be made for adolescents to continue their current education. The curriculum must be approved by the State Office of Education as well as nationally accredited and all teachers must be qualified in their area of instruction. 

Each resident will receive an individualized treatment plan upon arrival and it will be updated as they progress through the program. Monthly schedules will be available to both residents as well as their parents or guardians upon request. Individual treatment plans may include skills development as well as a variety of counseling options including weekly group, couple and family counseling sessions. 


Reference: http://www2.ed.gov

Stillwater Academy

11175 South Redwood Rd South Jordan, Utah 84095

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