Discovery Academy
Quick Facts
Therapeutic Boarding School

12 to 18


Avg. Duration:
6 to 18 months


Is Individual Psychotherapy Available?
Contact Info
(801) 374-2121

(801) 373-4451


105 North 500 West
Provo, UT 84601
Program Description

Discovery Academy is a therapeutic boarding school located in Provo, Utah for girls and boys ages 13-18. We offer separate programming in a small school environment for just 50 boys and 32 girls. Discovery Academy is an excellent bridge from previous therapeutic programs to a more academically oriented therapeutic approach.

Our treatment protocol in academics, therapeutics, and residential living focuses on experiential curriculum and trust-based relationships. This model enables students to accomplish more in less time academically and therapeutically. Students discover the difference between image – what I think I am, and identity – who I really am.

Discovery Academy serves three types of students: Bright academic underachievers who have been unsuccessful in their previous academic settings; students with learning disabilities who have not achieved academic success; and students who have made poor peer and/or lifestyle choices.

Typically, our students may have also been diagnosed with conditions such as ADHD, depression, substance abuse, or similar conditions. They have sometimes been expelled from other schools. Each type of student has the opportunity to excel at Discovery Academy through individualized learning and therapy.

Accredited by the State of Utah and the Northwest Accreditation Commission, Discovery offers math, science, English and history, as well as Advanced Placement courses and college preparatory work. On occasion, our Boys and Girls programs are combined for meaningful activities like student government, service projects, and extra-curricular clubs. The Honor Level students are allowed to work in the community or take additional courses through two neighboring universities.

Discovery Academy clinicians use traditional therapy in combination with experiential therapies like drama, art, horticultural, equine, high and low ropes courses, and real-time residential learning activities. The Wilderness Renewal groups give students a chance to review and practice the skills they acquired in prior wilderness therapy.

Clinicians respect the progress a student may have made in a previous placement. They acknowledge those achievements by assigning trust and level responsibilities, at the beginning of a student’s stay at Discovery Academy, based on the student’s prior therapeutic achievements.

Discovery Academy therapeutic and academic protocols allow students opportunities to practice the skills they will need to function successfully in the community before they return home. After care is also available.

Accreditation, Licensure, Approval:
State of Utah, Office of Licensing, Department of Human Services
Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
Approved by SEVIS