schools for troubled teenagers
  • Stillwater Academy
  • Location: South Jordan, Utah
  • 24/7 Helpline: (855) 509-1822 (free informational help)

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 13-18 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.

13-18 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 13-18 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.

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