boarding school - California
Makana is Hawaiian, and it means "gift." The gift we offer to our students and families is hope. We are here to help the teen who has established the identity of "hopeless" or "unruly," as well as the parent, feeling discouragement and fear for the future. Our program is for families of teenage boys and girls, ages 14-17, who are struggling with inadequate academics, problematic relationships, persistent substance use, or malicious behaviors as a result of failing mental health.
Boarding Schools California
Makana Leadership Academy is an accredited high school, with a campus that operates much like the typical boarding schools in California, in that we are both structured and nurturing. We offer academic recovery programs, designed to help teen boys and girls get back on track in school, make up credits they've missed, and get themselves back on the road to graduation. At Makana, our boarding school provides a quality education for students who live on our school campus (as opposed to a day school). Our goal is to inspire learning within each student. Our curriculum is based on progressive techniques, emerging science, and a holistic approach that ultimately leads to great personal development.
One of the primary advantages of a boarding school for a struggling teenager, is the separation from their current social group of friends and influences that often keep them down. These "issues" can range from cognitive learning challenges to problematic relationships or persistent substance use, which can't be properly addressed in a traditional school environment. Here at Makana, we take the time to understand each student, and provide them with academics at their personal level and pace, while teaching them to conquer any resistance to change and acquire the skills needed for success.
Each Makana student begins with a Student Academic Achievement Plan which is created to help them with setting goals related to graduation, GED, ACT, and college-preparatory items. Our students attend multiple classes per day, moving to different classrooms with different teachers and subjects. Each student is placed in one of six different class groupings, based upon their academic and developmental needs. Students with disabilities have Individualized Education Plans (IEP) that are used to assess and serve their individual needs. A variety of special-needs services are provided by consulting providers when necessary.
"I have gained tons of insight and greater awareness. I had no idea how beneficial and helpful this would actually be. The most helpful thing is looking at everyday relationships, how those are functioning, my role in them, and how I can help improve them."
– A.H. (Student)
Boarding Schools for Troubled Teens
Many of our students who attend our boarding school have been unsuccessful in mainstream educational settings, even if they are very bright. We have come to understand that these teen boys and girls need strategies to help them succeed; strategies that our qualified staff can provide. Also, for troubled adolescents whose home lives may not be conducive to healing, or for whom round the clock monitoring and support is required, boarding schools for troubled teens, like Makana's, can be most beneficial.
At Makana, we believe that knowledge is the key to helping teen boys and girls reach their aspirations – regardless of disability, circumstance, or background. For teenage boys and girls with learning disabilities like ADD, cognitive challenges, or dyscalculia, they can receive a level of attention at Makana that simply is not available in traditional schools.
We have seen, that once our students are able to face some of their more challenging internal conflicts, they inevitably find themselves better able to address and overcome life's problems. Offering at-risk adolescent boys and girls a chance to really tackle some of their deeper issues can open them up to an entirely new way of living their lives.
Boarding School for Troubled Youth
Makana's teachers are licensed by the state, and have all worked in other alternative learning environments prior to coming to Makana. Our academic staff is adept at addressing issues such as poor study habits, anxious reactions, resistance to follow-through, and rebellion toward authority. Our academic team of staff is prepared with both an effective credit recovery strategy, and the ability to inspire new areas of interest for each student. With these tools, our boarding school for troubled youth helps its students gain enthusiasm for their educational goals – even beyond high school graduation.
Our classrooms are moderate in size, with up to 10 students per classroom. Core subjects are taught by our qualified and competent staff, and a large list of courses are offered online with teacher support. Here at Makana, we help each student to focus on topics that inspire them and assist them with discovering the learning style that comes most naturally to them. We know that once a student recognizes what they are capable of, he or she will go from a "hopeless" feeling about their high-school graduation, to setting ambitious goals for their education.
We apply the lessons in a practical setting as students 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. Then, completed projects are donated or sold to the local community, and the students who participate in these courses earn a true sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction.
The internal engine of self-drive is ignited
Makana Leadership Academy is a non-profit organization. Because of this, we are not obligated to investors or shareholders seeking greater profitability. We measure success instead, by the positive "outcomes" of the families we serve, who are the lifeline of our program's success. We are committed to putting our financial proceeds to work for the sole benefit of our students and their families. Some of the ways we do this is through enhancements to our facility, expanding our capacity to help more families, augmented learning opportunities, and deepening our needed staff.
Makana is a youth leadership academy, designed to help each individual become a powerful leader. We do this by teaching our students how to develop healthy habits, conquer any resistance to change, and acquire the skills needed for success. We begin with the end result in mind, which is a powerful, competent, and skilled leader – ready to take on any life challenge. Our program is a "continuum of care," because it is not a short-term interruption, but an ongoing transition into independent success.