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Makana Leadership Academy is a non-profit organization, therefore, we are not subject to investors and shareholders seeking greater profitability. We measure success by the positive "outcomes" or "results" of the families we serve, and who take part in our school. Our financial proceeds are being put to work for the sole benefit of our students and their families. We do this through technology advancements, attracting the most qualified staff, accelerating learning opportunities, and broadening our capacity to serve more families.

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

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Boarding Schools New Jersey

Makana Leadership Academy is an accredited high school, with a campus that operates much like the typical boarding schools in New Jersey, in that we are both structured and nurturing. Our curriculum is based on a holistic approach, emerging science, and progressive techniques that ultimately leads to great personal development. We offer academic recovery programs, designed to help teenage boys and girls get back on track in school, make up credits they've missed, and get themselves back on track for their graduation. 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).

One of the primary advantages of a boarding school for a at-risk adolescent, 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 device addictions or unhealthy relationships, 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 develop healthy habits and conquer any resistance to change.

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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.

"This program has helped me change how I view myself, my relationships, and my life. It is the missing piece to other self-improvement efforts that have fallen short."

– 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 teenage boys and girls need strategies to help them succeed; strategies that our seasoned staff can provide. Also, for struggling teens 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 teenage boys and girls reach their aspirations – regardless of disability, circumstance, or background. For adolescent boys and girls with learning disabilities like dyslexia, ADD, or cognitive challenges, 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 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.

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 seasoned and highly qualified 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.

Turning your hardships into greatness

We are a youth leadership academy, designed to help each individual become a powerful leader. We do this by teaching our students how to obtain the skills needed for success, develop healthy habits, and conquer any resistance to change. We begin with the end result in mind, which is a skilled, powerful, and competent leader – ready to weather any of life's challenges. Our school is not a short-term interruption, but an ongoing progression into independent success, that we term as a "continuum of care."

Makana is a term that comes from Hawaii, that means "gift," and the gift we offer to you, is hope. Makana is here to not only help the adolescent who has accepted the designation of "hopeless" or "delinquent," but also the parent who often feels despair and fear for the future. Our school is for families of teens, ages 14-17, who are struggling with device addictions, abuse of drugs or alcohol, unhealthy relationships, or shameful behaviors as a result of failing mental health.

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