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This program is one that FamilyLight sm holds in high regard and expects to review in more detail soon. We hope to have that on the web by summer '09, perhaps sooner if we get a response to our questionnaire soon; perhaps later if we do not.
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Briefly, if we could name one therapeutic boarding school that is the one to emulate this would be it. With a top-notch academic program, a clinical environment that rivals the better residential treatment center, stable population (both staff and students), this school is at the top of the charts.
Do we see anything with room for improvement? Yes, we would like to see an improved transition service built into the program, especially for younger students who are not eligible to make use of transitional housing in Kalispell -- an opportunity available only to the older students. We would prefer to see them drop their requirement that all students attend a wilderness program prior to enrollment, as we do not believe that wilderness is necessary or even appropriate for some students who would potentially benefit from Montana Academy. We do not think these preferences on our part detract from the overall superiority of this therapeutic school.
While you wait for us to present a more complete review, please look around this website. Look at our Guidelines -- a fairly comprehensive statement of what we believe quality is all about. If you come to a search and planning process with limited experience, this is an opportunity for you to find some principles to measure schools and programs against.
Keep coming back to see the updates. Look at "What's New" (Announcements). In spring of 2009 we expect to have returns from schools, programs, and related organizations published, giving deeper insight into these than has ever been available on the web before.
Feedback is invited. We will publish any feedback in good taste. Email FamilyLightResponse@yahoo.com
Disclaimer: No program review, no matter how positive, is a blanket endorsement. No criticism is a blanket condemnation. When we express our level of confidence in a school or program, that is our subjective opinion with which others might reasonably disagree. When we assert something as fact, we have done our best to be accurate, but we cannot guarantee that all of our information is accurate and up to date. When we address compliance with our guidelines, you need to remember that these are only OUR guidelines -- not guidelines from an official source. We have also set the bar very high, and do not expect any school or program to be in total compliance. It is not appropriate to draw a conclusion of impropriety (or even failure to live up to conventional wisdom) from our lack of confidence in a school or program or from less than perfect conformity to our guidelines. Some will say we expect too much. Readers are responsible for verifying accuracy of information supplied here prior to acting upon it. We are not responsible for inaccuracies.
Last updated 4-12-09
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