Summit Preparatory School

Executive Contact: Todd Fiske

Admissions Contact: Christine Hurst 
Direct: (406) 758-8100

Work Phone:  (406) 758-8113


Address 1: 1605 Danielson Rd.

City: Kalispell


Zip: 59901

Country: United States

Specific Program Type: Therapeutic Boarding School

Specific Age Range:

14 to 18

Specific Gender Type: Coeducational

Description: Summit Preparatory School is a non-profit, coed therapeutic boarding school that offers nurturing professional therapeutic services, 24/7 residential care, and college preparatory academics for high school age teens. Summit Prep prepares students for successful reentry into life beyond treatment (not just "success in treatment") so the program offers more "real world" experiences than typical treatment programs. The campus offers a normalized boarding school experience (i.e. full size gym, indoor pool, weight room, modern academic, recreational and dining facilities, and school nurse). Grounded in the concepts of our unique Summit Model by co-founder Rick Johnson, MSW, the program focuses on promoting the development of students' psychological, emotional and relational maturity as emerging young men and women. Summit Prep's thoughtful combination of single gender and coedprogramming promotes healthy identity development for both girls and boys, and teaches teens how to have healthy relationships with members of the same and opposite sex. 

Issues impacting personal success, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse or learning
problems are addressed in individual and group therapies (e.g. CBT, DBT, Smart Recovery Stages
of Change, and experiential modalities) by our treatment teams of MA-level therapists and our
campus child and adolescent psychiatrist. Parents/guardians are required to participate in family
sessions, therapeutic "homework", and periodic workshops and retreats. Residential life is
designed to promote psychological and social maturity, safety and physical health, and is facilitated
by energetic BA-level residential counselors. Activities include team sports, yoga, skiing, swimming,
and challenge trips; participation in community art shows, music lessons and theatre productions,
5K/10K races, and wide range of volunteer opportunities. Accredited college preparatory
academics are provided by certified teachers in well-equipped classrooms (including an art studio
offering drawing, painting, photography, pottery, and portfolio preparation) with low student-teacher
ratios, and can accommodate mild learning issues, IEP and 504 Plans. Advanced students
have opportunity to attend a local junior college for dual high school and college credit.

Individual Psychotherapy Available: Yes

Accreditation Liscensure Approval: Montana License - Board of Alternative Adolescent Residential Programs(PAAR); Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS); CA Non-Public School Statues; 501(C)(3) non-profit; State of Montana - Academic Accreditation; Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC); Council on Accreditation(COA)

Program Type: Boarding School

Age Range: Young People 12 to 18

Gender Type: Coeducational