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.

Some of the accommodations & services WE PROVIDE:

  • Daily binder checks to assure students are organized, understand their homework, and have what is needed to complete schoolwork.

  • Daily completion of Student Accountability Sheet by students to track their own progress.

  • Weekly progress monitoring by teachers, school counselors, and administrators.

  • Weekly correspondence with parents regarding student progress, questions, concerns, etc.

  • Small class sizes, which provide students with increased individualized attention and allow teachers to identify problems with attention, organization, and peer relationships, as well as hold students accountable for completing their work to the best of their ability.
  • Preferential seating, which often means in the front of the room and separate from other students (for students who are easily distractible).

  • Daily study hall with a teacher who supplies tutoring, organization strategies, and oversight on homework completion.

  • Supervised peer interactions to support appropriate and healthy relationship development.

  • Transition support to assist students in shifting from one subject matter to another successfully.

  • Alternative teaching methods to account for a variety of learning styles.

  • Students work on 1-2 online classes at a time to ensure the completion of each course.


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.



Life Skills
Transitional Skills
Music Theory
(includes instrument building)
Project-Based Learning
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Financial Management


Microsoft Office
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Project Management
Food Handlers Permit
Mavis Beacon Typing


Advanced Math
Algebra I
Algebra 1 Honors
Algebra II
Algebra II Honors
Algebra Readiness
AP Calculus
AP English Language & Composition
AP Environmental Science
AP Human Geography
AP Psychology
AP US History
AP World History
Art History
Audio Engineering
Basic Math
Basic Reading
Biology Honors
Career Explorations
Career Planning & Development
Chemistry Honors
Computer Applications
Concepts in Probability & Statistics
Digital Arts
Earth Science
Economics Honors
English Language Arts
Environmental Science
Expository Reading & Writing
Financial Math
Foundational Math
Foundational Reading
Foundations of Personal Wellness
Game Design
Geometry Honors
Health Science Concepts
Healthy Living

Human Geography
IDEA Writing 
Intermediate Math 
Intermediate Reading 
Intro to Entrepreneurship
Introduction to Art
Intro to Business
Intro to Communications & Speech 
Intro to Health Science
Language Arts 
Life Science
Lifetime Fitness
Literacy & Comprehension
Mathematical Models w/ Applications
Medical Terminology
Microsoft Office
Nursing Assistant
Online Learning & Citizenship
Personal Finance
Pharmacy Technician
Physical Science
Physics Honors
Strategies for Academic Success
Survey of US History
Survey of World History
US Government
US History Honors
ACT English & Writing
ACT Mathematics
ACT Reading
ACT Science
GED Mathematical Reasoning
GED Reasoning through Language Arts
GED Science


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Makana Leadership Academy
4270 W 5625 N
Roosevelt, UT 84066

To Report Concerns: (801) 679-4261
Admissions: (801) 679-6445

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