Therapeutic Programs in Montana for Troubled Teens

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Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI):
Located in northwestern Montana, Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI) is an accredited, family-run, therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens (boys and girls) ages 13-18. We welcome students from Montana, across the United States, and from around the world (TWAI is authorized to issue 1-20's for international students). In our beautiful, peaceful, and safe location, we combine the benefits of a therapeutic boarding school, a wilderness program, and a residential treatment center (RTC).

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Academic Programs - For troubled teen girls & boys ages 13-18

Turning Winds Academic Institute is accredited by AdvancED and is licensed by PAARP (Private Alternative Adolescent Residential Program).

Photo of Therapeutic Programs in Montana for Troubled TeensWe offer
- Middle School Program
- High School Program
- Credit Recovery
- Accelerated Learning
- College Preparation Courses / AP Classes
- SAT/ACT Testing Center
- Anti-Bullying Program
- GED Program
- College-level Courses

TWAI graduates average a 3.5 GPA. It is common for a student to complete 1.5 years of course work in 1 year. 

98% of our high school graduates go on to attend trade school or college.  Some of our students have gone on to attend some of the top Universities and Ivy League schools.

Middle School & High School Classes:
Image of Therapeutic Programs in Montana for Troubled TeensStudents at Turning Winds Academic Institute experience a first-class academic experience with our highly trained instructors.

We offer standardized, grade-appropriate curriculum at middle and high school levels developed and taught by Montana certified teachers.

We take a blended approach to teaching with teacher directed break-out classes as well as independent studies using the curriculum by A+.

We offer a multitude of classes through A+ which includes general classes as well as AP classes.

Turning Winds Academic Institute's educational expectations and standards are based on Montana state and national standards and are regularly revised and updated.

Students come to realize through consistent dedication to learning that success can be achieved, and they consistently achieve higher scores in both State and National testing for ACT and SAT.
Under the direction of our professional education staff, our individualized academic program guides each student to academic success.

Most of our students are able to complete 1.5 - 2 years of high school in a matter of 12 months.  However, this is ultimately up to each student and their ability to drive their own academic progress.


Parent Testimonial:
"Thank you!!!! From the beginning phone call to the first visit, the entire staff has demonstrated a genuine caring for our entire family. Each and every one of them have treated me with kindness during this difficult decision to place him in this program. They always have time to answer any questions or concerns and put my concerns at ease.

TWAI truly cares about the children and the families they serve. They are a “Solution” not a band-aid to the children and families in their program. Thank you for giving my Son the tools and the guidance that he needed to start his road to being a successful member of society."

- Kim


Photos of Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI)Student Testimonial:
“Since I have been at Turning Winds Academic Institute I have discovered my capabilities in school. I have become more patient with my schoolwork and definitely more open to help. I have realized I am capable of learning things by myself and teaching myself new things.

Before I came to Turning Winds Academic Institute I was a high school dropout who thought nothing of my education and didn’t really care. I am proud of education and I look forward to more.”

- Regan

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Address: Troy, Lincoln County, Montana , USA
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2020-11-12 were from:

ELLENSBURG;   Bronx Ny;   Rockville;   Dubai, UAE;   Rohnert Park ca;   Bridgetown, Barbados;   Tallahassee;   Melbourne, Australia;   Washington,DC;   Fort Myers;   and more.