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Fenster School, Tucson:
Founded in 1944, Fenster School is a coeducational, college preparatory, boarding and day school in Tucson, Arizona, enrolling students in grades 9 through Post-graduate from across the country and around the world. We educate students in a healthy, safe, and structured environment where intellectual, social, and emotional learning are equally valued and each individual can realize their potential, grow in self-confidence, and develop an active sense of responsibility in preparation for college and life.

Co-ed Boarding & Day School Programs for students in Grades 9-12:
Photo of Boarding High School in Tucson, AZFenster offers a challenging college preparatory program with high expectations for not only academic achievement, but also for significant intellectual growth. As students proceed through our curriculum, they develop both breadth and depth of knowledge and the skills necessary for success in college and in life in an ever-changing global world.

Since our faculty members are continually trained to be innovative and creative, the learning environment is very active and engaging. They employ a multiplicity of teaching strategies that meet the diverse learning styles and needs of each of our students.

Given our small, supportive classrooms, each student is deeply involved in their own learning. The result of this lively academic environment is confident and inquisitive students who take pride in their achievements.

Fenster’s graduation requirements meet or exceed most college and university entrance requirements.

Earning College Credit:
Image of Boarding High School in Tucson, AZFenster School, in collaboration with Pima Community College, offers dual enrollment classes on campus for college credit. College classes at Fenster are taught by faculty members who are college certified to teach particular courses. Students will earn .5 high school credits for every college semester successfully completed and, depending on the college class, 3 or 4 college units.

Students earning an A, B, or C in any of the dual enrollment classes may have the earned college credits apply towards their college/university graduation requirements. Qualified students earn an average of 12 to 15 credits with some students earning over 21 credits during their junior and senior years.
Learning Support:
At Fenster, we believe each student learns differently and a range of learning styles is both appreciated and enriching. Our faculty members participate in continual professional development to strengthen and to expand their repertoire of the learning tactics and activities they deliver in their classrPhotos of Fenster School, Tucsonooms. Consequently, we provide learning support as needed so all students can realize academic success.

Students with documented learning differences are eligible for special accommodations and work closely with the Dean of the School to ensure that their accommodations are available in their classes.

In addition, Fenster also offers: an average class size of 5 to 8 students; a variety of teaching methods in each class; required tutorial support for students experiencing academic difficulty; required Academic Tables during evening study hall. If additional learning support is necessary, the Dean of the School assists a family in identifying local learning specialists.

English as a Second Language:
The ESL Program at Fenster provides English language instruction and support for non-native speakers of English. The program is designed to enable students to take English-only classes as soon as possible.

Every non-native speaker of English who applies for admission to Fenster School will be evaluated both before and after admission to determine their individual language needs. Prior to admission this evaluation ensures that our program can meet the academic requirements of each student. Post-admission evaluation assesses oral and written skills and allows us to place each student in the most appropriate level of ESL instruction.

Picture of Boarding High School in Tucson, AZStudents who need additional instruction for their English skills will be placed in one of two levels of ESL and, whenever possible, these classes are arranged as private tutorials so each student’s English language needs are dealt with on an individual basis.

Students also take other classes at the same time they are taking ESL and the ESL teachers coordinate with the teachers of other subject areas to ensure that each student is working on the skills they need for success in their regular courses.

As soon as it is feasible, international students are moved into regular English classes in order to prepare for college. TOEFL test preparation is an integral part of all ESL courses as it is a requirement for university admission.

College Counseling:
Fenster School is committed to finding the best college or university match for each student’s individual abilities and desires.

The college counselor works with every student to determine that their coursework, grades, essays, college entrance exams, activities, and recommendation letters are appropriate for their choices and will help each student research and apply to the selected institutions. The counselor involves parents in every step of the process and hopes that all will participate in this journey with their children.

The College Counseling Center offers an abundance of resources for students, including books, guides, magazines, handouts, DVDs , Internet access, and practice college entrance tests. Many of the materials may be checked out and students may also use the Center for research.

Each year, upperclassmen are taken on tours of local universities, including the University of Arizona. They are also able to attend college fairs and presentations on and off campus from admissions representatives from across the country.

Fenster offers students the opportunity to prepare, register, and take the:
PSAT/NMSQT, SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

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Address: 8505 Ocotillo Drive, Tucson, Arizona , USA
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2020-06-23 were from:

Arizona, UK & England;   Scottsdale, AZ;   Marana AZ;   Tucson, Az;   Seoul, South Korea;   and more.
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Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI)
Courses / Programs
Is your teenage son or daughter struggling with behavioral problems, substance abuse, or emotional issues?

Serving troubled teens ages 13-18 from Nevada and across the U.S, Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI) combines the benefits of a therapeutic boarding school, a wilderness program, and a residential treatment center (RTC).

Located in northwestern Montana, our family-run boarding school is accredited by National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPPSA), and Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).

We provide an extremely high standard of therapeutic treatment to our students, and offer help for the following presenting issues: poor academic performance, behavioral problems, addictions, low self-worth, spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, and attachment disorders among others. 

TWAI has been serving struggling teens and their families since 2002, with an exceptional degree of success. 

We are a small program (40 students) which means that we are able to provide a truly unique and customized approach for every student. The average stay at our residential treatment center is 12 months.

With a passion for helping young people in crisis, our clinical, educational, and operations staff are among the best in the country. Typically our on site student to staff ratio is 5:1.

Parent Testimonial:
"We feel reassured that our son Chad is in good hands being guided onto the right track...We are really beginning to get our son back again! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Academic Programs
For troubled teens ages 13-18

We create a customized program for each student that requires a minimum of 3 months. However, best results for lasting success are realized through 6+ months of treatment. 

- Middle School Program
- High School Program
- Credit Recovery
- Accelerated Learning
- College Preparation/ AP Classes
- SAT/ACT Testing Center
- Anti-Bullying Program

We also provide a GED program, and college courses.

It is common for a student to complete 1.5 years of course work in 1 year. TWAI graduates average a 3.5 GPA.
Verde Valley School
Courses / Programs
Verde Valley School in Sedona AZ (just a short drive from Flagstaff), is an international college preparatory, co-ed boarding school and day school offering grades 9-12.

As part of its ongoing commitment to provide our students with the best possible academic program, VVS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. All juniors and seniors are enrolled in the IB curriculum, freshmen and sophomores are enrolled in a pre-IB curriculum.

Verde Valley School educates students for college and for life by encouraging them to become intellectually curious, academically accomplished and creatively expressive.

Verde Valley School is accredited by the North Central Association and the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Co-ed Day & Boarding School Programs for students in Grades 9-12:

- Day Programs
- Boarding Programs
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum

Subjects include:
- Native Language
- Second Languages
- Individuals & Societies
- Science
- Mathematics
- The Arts
Mountain Springs Preparatory Academy
Courses / Programs
Located in Cedar City, Iron County UT, 250 miles south of Salt Lake City, Mountain Springs Preparatory Academy (MSPA) is a transitional boarding school for boys & girls ages 14-18, who are transitioning from a residential treatment center (RTC) or wilderness program in need of a safe environment to practice the new skills that that they have learned.

MSPA is not a therapeutic boarding school but therapy is available from trained professionals in the community who work with MSPA and understand our unique mission and philosophy. MSPA is focused on helping students acclimate back into society.

MSPA provides many of the components of a traditional boarding school, including a full-range of academic classes, college prep and ACT/SAT test prep, etc. but in addition provides the expertise to work specifically with the niche of students transitioning from higher levels of care.
Transitional Boarding School for Boys & Girls Ages 14-18:

- 1:6 teacher to student ratio
- Fully-accredited academic program
- College-prep curriculum
- Customized education plan
- College level classes
- Specialized teachers
- SAT/ACT preparation and testing
- Career exploration
- Vocational internships
- A comprehensive approach to ADD and ADHD that goes beyond academics
In Balance Ranch Academy
Courses / Programs
In Balance Ranch Academy is a therapeutic boarding school for troubled boys aged 13-17, in beautiful southern Arizona, less than one hour from Tucson. It was developed around a clinically sophisticated model that effectively blends traditional therapy and the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Additionally, the program incorporates research-based relapse prevention techniques, equine therapy and other experiential treatment modalities. In Balance Ranch serves young men who are suffering from substance abuse and other co-occurring disorders.

Our academic courses are fully accredited; students may choose to earn a high school diploma while they are with us, or transfer their earned credits to another school to complete their educational program.

Our experiential learning and one-to-one tutoring model ensures success for many students who have struggled in more traditional school settings.
Therapeutic boarding school program for troubled boys aged 13-17:

- Junior high school program
- Senior high school program
- Remedial, regular, and advanced placement course
- Spanish language instruction
- Vocational training including welding, basic construction
- Therapeutic services
- 12 step recovery program
- Equine-assisted therapy
The Orme School, Mayer AZ
Courses / Programs
Located in Mayer, halfway between Phoenix and Flagstaff AZ, The Orme School is an accredited co-educational college preparatory boarding school for grades 8 - 12 and Post-Graduate. The Orme School values of Excellence, Tradition, and Character are enmeshed in our boarding program. We are proud that 100 percent of our graduates are accepted to colleges, universities, or junior colleges.

The Orme School is a unique community of teachers and students who share a passion for academic excellence, adventure, and personal challenge.

Living in a residential setting, students are entrusted with personal and community responsibility. Here, students learn the value of being a contributing member of a caring community.
Co-Educational Day & Boarding Programs

- Boarding School (Grades 8-12 and Post-Graduate)
- ESL Program

School features:
- Small classes
- Rustic setting
- Intimate community
- Rigorous academics
- Full college acceptance
- Competitive sports
- Horsemanship
- Outdoor leadership
- Fine arts, and much more...
Spring Ridge Academy, Spring Valley
Courses / Programs
Spring Ridge Academy is an all-girls therapeutic boarding school serving students ages 13 - 17 in grades 9-12 in Spring Valley AZ (18 miles southeast of Prescott). Spring Ridge combines an empowering emotional growth program with a sophisticated therapeutic approach and a rigorous college prep curriculum with AP courses and SAT prep.

Our therapeutic milieu is designed to address each student’s issues, challenges and strengths and to assist the family in making changes that support them.

Our curriculum is designed to both assist students who have struggled or fallen behind and to challenge and prepare even the most dedicated student for future academic endeavors. In addition to treatment team meetings, the entire faculty meets every week to review the academic and social progress of each student.

SRA is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Students reside in two dormitories connected by a common living room. Spacious dorm rooms provide ample living space for four students to live and work together. Roommates are assigned to create a well balanced group with a supportive combination of strengths and experience.
Therapeutic Boarding Programs for girls ages 13-17 (Grades 9-12)

- Therapy (Individual, Group and Family), Psychiatric Services & Medication Management
- Specific Treatment in areas of trauma, addiction, grief, depression, relational and developmental problems, personality issues
- Family Program and Workshops
- College Preparatory Curriculum with English, math, social studies, science, foreign languages, the arts, P.E. and technology
- AP Courses
- SAT Preparation Course
- College Counselling