boarding school - Morgan Hill, CA

Our goal here at Makana Leadership Academy, is positive "outcomes" that are continual. We answer to no investor or bottom-line profit. We are driven instead, by our triple-bottom-line objective. Our mission, which is to provide "better care" for our youth, is the personal commitment of each individual on our team of staff. Our promise and our gift to our wayward teenagers and their families, is lasting change and a hopeful future.

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

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Boarding Schools Morgan Hill California CA

Boarding Schools Morgan Hill, CA

Makana Leadership Academy is an accredited high school, with a campus that operates much like the typical boarding schools in Morgan Hill, CA, in that thay are both structured and nurturing to the resident students. Our curriculum is based on a holistic approach, emerging science, and progressive techniques that ultimately leads to great personal development. Our goal is to inspire learning within each student. We offer academic recovery programs, designed to help teenagers 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 classrooms are moderate in size, with up to 10 students per classroom. Core subjects are taught by our experienced and skilled 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.

Co-Ed Boarding School

Here at Makana, we offer a co-ed boarding school, also known as mixed-sex or mixed-gender education. This is a system of education where males and females are educated together. We believe that, coupled with stability and support, this is the ideal environment for students to live and learn together. When troubled teenagers have their therapeutic sessions backed up by a positive, mixed-gender peer group and support structure, they're typically able to progress at a much faster pace, versus in a less structured environment.

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 program helps its students gain enthusiasm for their educational goals – even beyond high school graduation.

Boarding Schools for Struggling Adolescents

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At our boarding school for struggling adolescents, progress is one of the key areas we measure, especially the academic progress of our students. One key component to measuring a student's progress begins with completing a comprehensive credit analysis, completed by our Academic Director, within the first few days of a student's arrival. This analysis is then discussed with each student, and a Student Academic Achievement Plan (SAAP) is created specifically for him or her. At this point, the needed classes are assigned to meet each student's individual needs.

After our students have begun their classes, they themselves monitor their own progress on a daily basis, along with the assistance of their classroom teachers. Progress checks are completed twice a week, on each Monday and Friday. Then student meetings are held every week with the Academic Director, to discuss the progress of each student, and to make needed changes to ensure each student is continuing in their progress.

Boarding School for At-risk Youth

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 teenagers need strategies to help them succeed; strategies that our experienced staff can provide. Also, for wayward teenagers whose home lives may not be conducive to healing, or for whom round the clock monitoring and support is required, a boarding school for at-risk youth, like Makana's, can be most beneficial.

"I never thought graduation was an option. Now I can see myself graduating and going to college."

– L.M. (Student)

One of the primary advantages of a boarding school for struggling adolescents, 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 unhealthy behaviors or declining academics, 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 establish healthy habits and eradicate any resistance to change.

At Makana, we believe that knowledge is the key to helping teenagers reach their aspirations – regardless of disability, circumstance, or background. For teenagers with learning disabilities like dyscalculia, ADHD, or processing deficits, 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 able to address and overcome life's problems. Offering troubled teens a chance to really tackle some of their deeper issues can open them up to an entirely new way of living their lives.

Igniting the intrinsic drive to succeed

Makana is Hawaiian, a term that means "gift," and the gift our program offers is hope. Makana is a youth leadership academy, designed to help each individual become a powerful leader. We do this by teaching our students how to acquire the skills needed for success, establish healthy habits, and eradicate any resistance to change. We answer to no bottom-line profits, nor investors, and our goal is simple; "positive outcomes that are perpetual." We achieve these outcomes by our commitment to the Makana mission, which is to administer "exceptional care" to our students.

Makana is a non-profit organization, therefore, we don't answer to shareholders or investors, who seek increased profitability. We measure success instead, by the positive "outcomes" of our students and families that we help. Our financial proceeds are being put to work for the sole benefit of the students and families who take part in our program. We do this through upgrades to our facility, advancing our school supplies, increased technological advancements, and attracting the best staff.

Utah Department of Human Services
Utah State Board of Education
California Department of Education
The Joint Commission
Post Adoption Service
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