boarding school - San Ramon, CA
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.
Boarding Schools San Ramon, CA
Makana Leadership Academy is an accredited high school, with a campus that operates much like the typical boarding schools in San Ramon, 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. 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).
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.
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
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 teenage boys and girls need strategies to help them succeed; strategies that our seasoned staff can provide. Also, for troubled 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.
"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)
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 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.
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 teenagers 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 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.
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."
Here, at Makana Leadership Academy, our goal is positive "outcomes" that are lifelong. We answer to no bottom line profit nor investor. Instead, we are driven by our triple-bottom-line objective. Our mission, which is to render "superior care" to our youth, is the personal commitment of each person on our staff. Our promise and our gift to our at-risk teenagers and their families, is lasting change and a future full of hope.