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

Makana Leadership Academy's boarding school is located in Utah.
Therefore, enrollment into our boarding school will not require the expense of a relocation to the state of Utah.

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Makana Leadership Academy is an accredited high school, with a campus that operates much like the typical boarding schools in Utah, in that we are both structured and nurturing. 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 adolescents 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 progressive techniques, a holistic approach, and emerging science that ultimately leads to great personal development. Our goal is to inspire learning within each student.

One of the primary advantages of a boarding school for a wayward teen, 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 substance abuse or defiant behaviors, 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 gain the skills needed for success and build healthy habits.

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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 is one of the best classes I have ever taken! In fact, it is one of the best overall things, in general, that I have ever done for myself and in my life! I am learning so very much. I love our group and our teacher!"

– D.A. (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 adolescents need strategies to help them succeed; strategies that our accomplished staff can provide. Also, for at-risk teenagers 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 adolescents reach their aspirations – regardless of disability, circumstance, or background. For teen boys and girls with learning disabilities like cognitive challenges, dyscalculia, or ADHD, 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 teenage 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 accomplished and experienced 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.

Hope is renewed for a successful future

Makana is a Hawaiian term that means "gift." The gift that we at Makana offer is, hope. We're here to help not only the teenager, who has grown accustomed to the identity of "hopeless" or "ill-behaved," but the parent who often feels desperation and fear for the future. Our school is for families of adolescents, ages 14-17, who are struggling with deficient academics, perpetual self-harm, substance abuse, or defiant behaviors as a result of failing mental health.

Makana Leadership Academy employs accomplished professionals who are passionate about our mission, which is to give "more suitable care" to our students, to address the shortcomings of the current options available to families. We do this through progressive, daily engagement into mental, physical, emotional, and social challenges; thus attending to the health of our students "holistically," with our 4 Dimensions of Wellbeing.

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