boarding school - Massachusetts

Our program employs skilled professionals, committed to the Makana mission, which is to provide "better care" for our youth, to address the shortcomings of the current options available to teens. We do this through progressive, daily immersion into mental, physical, emotional, and social challenges; thus addressing the health of our students "holistically," with our 4 Dimensions of Wellbeing.

Currently, Makana does not yet have a boarding school located in Massachusetts.
Therefore, enrollment into our boarding school will require a temporary relocation to Utah.

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Boarding Schools Massachusetts MA

Boarding Schools Massachusetts

Makana Leadership Academy is an accredited high school, with a campus that operates much like the typical boarding schools in Massachusetts, in that we are both structured and nurturing. Our goal is to inspire learning within each student. At Makana, our boarding school provides a quality education for pupils who live on our school campus (as opposed to a day school). We offer academic recovery programs, designed to help teens get back on track in school, make up credits they've missed, and get themselves back on track for their graduation. Our curriculum is based on emerging science, progressive techniques, 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 failing academics or periodic self-harm, 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 overcome resistance to change and learn the skills needed for success.

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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 never had any goals to speak of as far as school goes. But I can see a way to finish high school with good grades and I’m considering my options school after I graduate."

– J.S. (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 teens need strategies to help them succeed; strategies that our skilled 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.

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At Makana, we believe that knowledge is the key to helping teens reach their aspirations – regardless of disability, circumstance, or background. For teenagers with learning disabilities like ADHD, processing deficits, or dyslexia, 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 adolescents 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 skilled and trained 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.

Achieving leadership with lasting change

Here, at Makana Leadership Academy, our goal is positive "outcomes" that are lasting. We answer to no investor nor profit bottom-line. Instead, we are driven by our triple-bottom-line objective. Our mission, which is to provide "better care" for our youth, is the personal commitment of each person on our staff. Our promise and our gift to our at-risk youth and their families, is lifelong change and a future full of hope.

Makana is a Hawaiian term meaning "gift." The gift we provide is hope. We're here to help the teen who has accepted the label of "hopeless" or "bad," and the parent who often feels despair and fear for the future. Our school was created specifically for families of teenagers, ages 14-17, who are struggling with failing academics, periodic self-harm, device/gaming addictions, or troublesome relationships as a result of failing mental health.

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