Makana Leadership Academy is an accredited Private School with a curriculum approved for credit by AdvancedEd (Cognia). Makana’s educational curriculum affords our staff the ability to observe and address a student’s academic challenges as these challenges are often intertwined with the issues that landed the student at our campus, to begin with. Issues like poor study habits, anxious reactions, resistance to follow-through, and rebellion toward authority are common themes addressed by our curriculum.
Our curriculum provides each student with a continuing sense of progress while participating in our leadership academy. The family’s therapist will actively review the students’ academic progress as an assessment of the dynamics that may have contributed to the mental health struggles the student is facing. Before coming to Makana, many of our students began signaling a need for help through struggles in school. We view our academic curriculum as a critical juncture in our students’ treatment and success.
To address our students varying needs, our staff operates through a team-based approach. Makana doesn’t believe in segregating issues or the departments that should work cohesively together. We view issues as linear in nature. This needed perception allows us to holistically support our students’ individualized academic, emotional, and social needs. The treatment team meets together weekly to assess/discuss how the academic setting is influencing the clinical care and intervention of each student.
Our licensed Special Education teacher takes point to integrate specific interventions and strategies into the classroom. In coordination with the Academic Director, the education staff monitors the students’ progress in class to provide further observation and clarification of needs. They provide ongoing communication with the student’s therapist and the treatment team as a whole to ensure full support is given to the student. Academic reports are sent out each week to the students’ parents and ongoing communication is maintained for the success of the student.
A variety of accommodations and modalities of instruction are built into our academic setting. Our campus operates like a typical school setting in that students have multiple classes per day, they move classrooms, and they have different teachers for different subjects. It is structured, nurturing, and moderate in size with up to 10 students per classroom.
Makana’s teachers are licensed by the state of Utah and have all worked in other alternative learning environments prior to coming to Makana. We also have additional faculty that assist in each subject matter. Our staff to student ratio is 1:4. Academic instruction is teacher-led in a classroom setting. Students are placed in one of six different class groupings based upon a needs assessment that informs where they are academically, developmentally, and socially so we can best meet their respective needs. Students with disabilities have Individualized Education Plans (IEP) that are used to assess and serve their individual needs. All students have a Student Academic Achievement Plan which is created to help them with setting goals related to graduation, GED, ACT, and college-preparatory items.
Students at Makana participate in what we call “Project-Based Learning” which is a variety of teaching methods all put together systematically in order to accelerate learning and then apply the lessons in a practical setting. Students have the opportunity to research, design, plan, budget, strategize, and build a project. Each project integrates multiple courses to demonstrate how education can translate into real-life practical application. Students must work together to calculate costs, measurements, angles, best materials, resources, and timelines as they use many of their foundational educational skills to complete the various projects and figure out all the nuances of their project. Sample projects include owl boxes, 3D printing, chicken coops, custom birdhouses, BBQ grills, and many more amazing ideas. With “Project-Based Learning” the sky’s the limit as to what students can create.
Completed projects are donated or sold to the local community. Students who participate in these courses earn a true sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction. These courses are an integral piece of the leadership curriculum which culminates in the writing of a personal brand and career plan.
(includes instrument building)
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Microsoft Project Management
Food Handlers Permit
Mavis Beacon Typing
Algebra 1 Honors
Algebra II Honors
AP English Language & Composition
AP Environmental Science
AP Human Geography
AP US History
AP World History
Career Planning & Development
Concepts in Probability & Statistics
English Language Arts
Expository Reading & Writing
Foundations of Personal Wellness
Health Science Concepts
Intro to Entrepreneurship
Introduction to Art
Intro to Business
Intro to Communications & Speech
Intro to Health Science
Literacy & Comprehension
Mathematical Models w/ Applications
Online Learning & Citizenship
Strategies for Academic Success
Survey of US History
Survey of World History
US History Honors
ACT English & Writing
GED Mathematical Reasoning
GED Reasoning through Language Arts
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