Our peaceful location is part of what makes our healing process work—the open spaces, clean air, and beautiful mountains create a calm and safe environment where change can occur.
The day-to-day routine at Alpine Academy has been intentionally created to replicate life at home as much as possible. Because of this, our students are better equipped and more successful at maintaining their skills when they return home.
Unlike traditional schools, graduation ceremonies at Alpine focus on a single student. Their accomplishment is celebrated with their family and many others closest to them during their journey. And every graduation ceremony ends with a very special Alpine tradition. View our video gallery to watch a selection of graduations, and hear first-hand the transformation our students have had.
Alpine Academy is located next to a multitude of easily accessible activities and recreation. Within minutes of campus are hiking and horse trails, swimming, bowling, golf, and volunteer opportunities. Alpine students are able to participate in day trips to museums, arts festivals, state and county fairs, concerts, amusement parks, theaters, and a plethora of additional outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, hiking, ice skating, water parks, and sledding. Short activities like the ones listed here occur weekly and vary depending on the season.
Informal opportunities to exercise and be active are woven into the everyday routine at Alpine Academy. The Fitness and Arts Center creates a great place for gathering and having fun for all the homes. The Center is designed to allow a variety of activities to occur at once, keeping interest levels high, encouraging hours of active fun. Outside the fitness center is a large campus full of pathways that are great for biking, skateboarding, and running enthusiasts. The athletic field for those who want to be out in the sun, or in the snow, when they play. The objective of these facilities is to create accessible and entertaining ways for students to keep physically fit.
Alpine Academy’s equine program is a highlight for many students’ experience. Fourteen horses find Alpine their home. They are used to help students meet therapeutic goals, find enjoyment in horseback riding, and learn horsemanship skills that focus on safety precautions when handling and caring for horses. Students learn about equipment use, stall and corral and maintenance, feeding and grooming, and overall animal management.
Alpine’s equine program meets each students’ interest and skill level – from beginner to accomplished competitors. Both western and English riding are offered and our highly experienced Equine Specialists oversee the entire program. They also assist therapists in providing equine therapy through the EAGALA model.
Students at Alpine Academy participate in intramural sports every quarter. This allows students who have a particular skill and interest in a team sport to be a part of a team and complete to improve those skills. The students work together as a home and compete as a team against students in other homes on campus in basketball, softball, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee. These sports competitions allow the students opportunities to learn new hobbies, stay active, and also practice good teamwork and sportsmanship.
Athletic activity at Alpine Academy occurs in many different ways. The athletic program as a whole is designed to create opportunities with a variety of physical fitness activities, from meditative yoga to competitive play. Students at Alpine Academy will be able to experience physical activity, regardless of their individual skill, in a way that is fun and engaging.
Alpine Academy participates in adventure trips where students and staff may for a day trip or camping overnight. During these trips the students have the opportunity to be challenged in a different environment, display the leadership and peer relation skills they’ve learned, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Experiences include hiking, rock climbing and bouldering, fishing, water sports, ziplines, and rope courses. The emphasis is on growth and development, just as much as fun. These trips are for all students and the cost is included in tuition fees.
Parents will have an opportunity to explore the campus and see the space that their child will be learning and living in. Parents will also have time to meet with therapists and school teachers to get an accurate assessment of how their child is doing here at Alpine Academy.
Interactive Campus Map
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3. Crocker Education Center
6. Pine Canyon Home
7. Thompson Fitness Center
9. Equine Facilities
10. Riding Area
11. ASPIRE Home
12. Mountain Birch Home
13. Cottonwood Grove Home
14. Oak Ridge Home
15. Willowcreek Home
Meet the Team
Director of Alpine Academy
Gabriella Campbell, CMHC, CCTP-II
Director of Admissions and Development
Campus LIFE Director
Dustin Dowdle, LMFT
Primary Therapist and Clinical Coordinator
Andrew Fish, A-CMHC
Students Give Alpine Straight A’s
93% percent of students are satisfied their therapist understands their treatment needs and is skillful in providing individual help.
93% percent of students are satisfied their therapist is effectively helping their family with treatment needs.
94% percent of students are satisfied that teachers use a variety of teaching strategies to help them learn.
98% percent of students are satisfied that teachers are prepared every day.
90% percent of students are satisfied with the variety and difficulty of courses available at Alpine Academy.
Teen LIFE Coaches
98% Percent of students are satisfied that Teen LIFE Coaches care about them and their success in the future.
97% Percent of students are satisfied that Teen LIFE Coaches have helped them succeed on their issues.
98% Percent of students are satisfied that Teen LIFE Coaches have taught them how to accept feedback, follow instructions, get along with others, care for belongings and create good study habits.