The day-to-day routine at Alpine Academy has been intentionally created to replicate life at home as much as possible. This provides an opportunity for our students to learn healthy ways of coping with their challenges in an environment that is most like the one they will return to. Because of the practice and growth they experience in our environment, our students are better equipped and more successful at maintaining their skills when they return home.
Alpine classes are on a block schedule. Each student has a total of 10 class periods, 5 per day that alternate. Periods 1-5 (A days) are Monday and Wednesday. Periods 6-10 (B days) are Tuesday and Thursday.
6:30 am – The students get up and get ready for their day. They complete morning chores, eat breakfast with their peers, and prepare their lunches to eat later at the school. They leave the home at about 7:50 to walk to the Education Center for classes.
8:00 – 9:10 am – First hour
9:15 – 10:25 am – Second hour
10:30 – 11:40 am – Third hour
11:45 – 12:15 pm – Lunch hour
12:15 – 1:25 pm – Fourth hour
1:30 – 2:40 pm – Fifth hour
After school, students have the opportunity to check in with their Family Teachers about their school day and share the information in their school planner. They have a quick snack before going to group therapy or other events.
3:00-4:30 pm – Group Therapy/Events
Monday – Intramural Sports
Tuesday – Folder For Life Group Therapy
Wednesday – Relationships Group Therapy
Thursday – Specialty Group Therapy as assigned
Students who are not assigned to a specialty group have extra study time to work on homework assignments.
4:30-6:00 pm – Daily check in and free time. The girls review their progress over the last 24 hour period and the privileges they have earned. They are able to use some free time to read, watch television, exercise or play games. Dinner preparation also occurs during this time.
6:00 – 7:30 pm – Dinner and evening chores. Students and their Family Teachers all sit together to eat a family meal. Afterwards they each complete their assigned household chore.
Examples of household chores:
Clearing and cleaning the dining table
Vacuuming and organizing the family room
Sweeping the floor.
7:30 pm – Family Meeting. This is a time when the home gets together to review significant issues that impact the home, review accomplishments, and make decisions as a group.
7:45 – 8:30 pm –
Free time/down time. During this time the students have the opportunity to do extra studying if necessary, read, do laundry, watch television, make phone calls, or play games.
Some homes use this time to go to the gym and work out.
8:30 – 10:00 pm – Free time/bedtime preparations. Some students take showers prior to going to bed. Others may wait until morning. This time is typically used to wind down and get settled for the next school day. On Thursdays the students may stay up a bit later since school doesn’t start until later on Fridays.
8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast, morning chores, and preparing for school.
The Friday school schedule is referred to as a C-Day. C-Days at Alpine Academy are structured with two main purposes in mind: application of curriculum and exploration of healthy hobbies. Half of the academic day is spent in Rotations among the classrooms and the other half half is dedicated to Clubs.
9:00 am – Noon: Rotations
During Rotations, students attend five classes where teachers use experiential learning to bring application and meaningful content to curricular concepts they don’t often have time to explore deeply during the traditional academic day. Subject areas are grouped together in an effort to help students make connections between Math & Science as well as among Humanities subjects. Rotations are also used to provide students instruction in Personal Development and College & Career Readiness and it includes time for monitored use of the internet and structured homework time.
Noon – 12:30 pm: Lunch
12:40 – 2:40 pm: Clubs
Two-hour Clubs offer a variety of activities for our students. They belong to the same club for an entire quarter (three months), and then, the next quarter they have the option of joining a different club. Clubs expose students to healthy activities and hobbies and give them opportunities to learn outside of the classroom and perhaps off campus. Clubs help our students have a more “traditional” academic experience by giving them the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities such as c the school newspaper, service and leadership, athletics and physical fitness, arts and crafts, music, culture, horsemanship, and more.
3:00 – 5:30 pm: Daily check-in and free time. Students review their progress over the past 24 hour period and the privileges they have earned. They are able to use some free time to read, ride the horses, watch television, exercise, or play games. Dinner preparation also occurs during this time.
5:30 – 7:00 pm: Dinner and evening chores. The students and Family Teachers all sit together to eat a family meal. Afterwards they each complete their assigned household chore. Examples of household chores are:
7:00 pm: Family Meeting. This is a time when the home gets together to review significant events that impact the home, review accomplishments, and make decisions as a group.
7:15 – 10:00: Free time/down-time/family activity. During this time the students have the opportunity to make phone calls, do laundry, do outside activities, watch television, play games, or do extra studying, if necessary. Some homes use this time to go to the gym and work out.
Each week every home plans at least one family activity and every student in the home, regardless of privilege status, participates in the fun activity that they plan together. Examples of the family activities are:
Weekends have less structure, and have more individualized activities depending on the home in which the student lives. The following is an example of activities that would happen during a typical weekend day (either Saturday or Sunday).
8:00 am – Students wake up and have a quick snack before going to the gym for morning exercise.
8:30-10:00 am – Working out at the gym on the weights, doing yoga, or playing a game of racquetball or basketball.
10:00 am– Have breakfast and complete morning chores.
11:00-12:00 pm – Shower and get ready for the day
12:00- 2:00 pm – Quiet/free time to read, journal, work on homework or therapy assignments
2:00 – 3:00 pm – Lunch and preparation for afternoon activities
3:00 – 7:00 pm – This time can be used for special activities like going to an arts festival or craft show, painting ceramics or other crafts, going to a ballgame, or the theater or a park. It can also be a time for completing errands like grocery shopping or getting haircuts. Each of the homes also takes time every weekend to do extra work around the home like gardening or deep cleaning. This can also take place during this time.
7:00 pm – Dinner and evening chores. Students and Family Teachers all sit together to eat a family meal. Students often participate in preparing the meal as well. Afterwards they complete their assigned household chores such as:
8:00 pm – Family Meeting. This is a time when the home gets together to review significant issues that impact the home, review accomplishments, and make decisions as a group.
8:15 – 10:00 pm – Free time/down time/ privilege activity. During this time the students have the opportunity to do extra studying if necessary, read, do laundry, watch television, make phone calls, or play games. Some homes use this to enjoy the outdoors or go to the gym. Each week every home plans at least one privilege activity that is designated for students who have performed well or met certain goals during the week. Examples of privilege activities are: