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where students find success

Our School

Integrated School Program

The three branches of the Academy; school, milieu, and therapeutic, work together, creating a comprehensive program that addresses the whole student.  All students are supported in their process through communication and collaboration with the milieu and therapeutic team.  The students engage in therapeutic groups, individual therapy, family therapy, equine therapy, and participate in 12-Step groups.  For the well-being of our students, physical education and healthy living skills are an important part of the our program. 

High School Graduations

High School graduations are held twice a year at a beautiful off-campus location. Students are not required to be completely finished with their coursework, so eligibility to participate is decided on a case-by-case basis. Each student composes a speech to share with the attendees. Most of the graduates’ speeches focus on the struggles they had endured, experiences with school failure and the resulting low self-esteem, and their renewed excitement/commitment to their education. A prevalent theme of the students’ presentation is the difficulties they encountered in a traditional high-school setting and their struggle to believe they could successfully graduate high school and go to college. Many express their satisfaction at achieving high grades and their excitement for their future plans.

College Bound and College Ready

  • Pacific University

  • Penn State Medical School

  • Penn State University

  • Pepperdine

  • Pepperdine University

  • Sevena College of Art and Design

  • Southern Illinois University

  • Southern Oregon University

  • St. John’s University

  • St. Johns University

  • SUNY Purchase

  • Sydney University

  • Temple University

  • University of Arizona

  • University of Arizona Eller Business School

  • University of California Berkeley

  • University of Central Florida Burnett Honors College

  • University of Iowa

  • University of Mary Washington

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • University of South Florida School of Medicine

  • University of Tennessee

  • University of Utah

  • West Virginia University

  • And MANY more

We decided to name our accredited high school program, which is located on our campus, different than In Balance Academy so that students who apply to colleges are not discriminated against during the admission's process. We have named it San Pedro Valley Academy which comes up as a "normal," accredited high school. San Pedro Valley Academy’s academic program is tailored to meet the individual needs of our students. Students engage in a blend of teacher-directed classes and specially designed self-paced courses which use a tutorial model. All courses are taught using a differentiated instructional philosophy. In other words, students are taught from where they are and are not expected to fit into a standard mold defined by their age or grade level.  We adhere to a mastery learning model as well. This means students are able to revise, edit and correct their coursework until they demonstrate mastery.  In this way, we help guide our students towards doing their best work, address skill and knowledge deficits, and challenge all of our students as they move forward.  All courses may also be completed with an honors component that is weighted in the GPA.  

Students’ progress in the therapeutic program is tied to their progress in school, so students have additional motivation to complete their school work.  In our program, we stress that academic achievement is a measure of effort, work ethic, maturity, and integrity, and thus they are evaluated as individuals – and not by their GPAs.  In school students have the opportunity to show what he is learning about himself. Each student is considered as an individual but held to high standards that are supported in all areas at the Academy.

We are fully accredited by AdvancED. The AdvancED Accreditation Policies and Procedures represent the unified policies and procedures for accreditation from AdvancED's Accreditation Divisions: North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). More information on our accreditation can be found at





















We Congratulate our students on attending fine colleges and universities!!! Some of these include: 



  • Adelphi

  • Arizona State University

  • Berkeley College of Music

  • Boise State

  • Butler University

  • Clemson University

  • Colorado State

  • Columbia College of Chicago

  • CW Post

  • Eller College of Management

  • Evergreen State University

  • George Mason University

  • George Mason University

  • Grand Valley State

  • Hamden University

  • Hartwick University

  • Indiana

  • James Madison University

  • James Madison University

  • Linfield College

  • Marlboro College

  • Marquette University

  • Montana State

  • Naropa University

  • Pace University

  • Pacific Lutheran University

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