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Ozark Trails Academy

How Change Happens

therapeutic boarding school

Embracing a tranquil heart and embarking on a journey of self-discovery forms the cornerstone of our philosophy. We delve into the intricacies of our own nature, exploring the motives behind our words and actions, the roots of our reactions, and the pathways to forging meaningful connections with others. Understanding that true success is not a solitary endeavor, we recognize the invaluable role of relationships and the support network they provide in our lives.

Our approach is encapsulated in a transformative cycle of learning, living, and leading. Upon arrival, each student is introduced to this cycle through comprehensive readings and diverse activities aimed at fostering self-awareness. We question the essence of our behaviors, our verbal expressions, and our actions. This introspection serves as a catalyst for change, prompting us to embrace a new way of being. Armed with newfound knowledge and insights, we embark on a life markedly different from our past.

We implement practical changes to address challenges that may include addiction, familial discord, anxiety, self-harm, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, or depression. Through learning, we pave the way for a renewed lifestyle, embodying the alterations we wish to see in ourselves. Success in these endeavors propels us into the phase of leadership, where we exemplify the change we’ve undergone, sharing our journey and inspiring transformation in others.

We embody the very essence of the life we aspire to lead, imparting wisdom and guiding those around us. Having mastered this cycle, we are prepared to confront new challenges, continuously evolving and advancing on our path to self-improvement and fulfillment. This endless cycle of learning, living, and leading is not just a methodology but a way of life, ensuring that each step taken is a stride towards becoming the best version of ourselves.

Nestled in the serene beauty of the Missouri Ozarks, Ozark Trails Academy stands as a beacon of hope and renewal for troubled teens. Our therapeutic boarding school, a haven of safety and tranquility, extends over a sprawling, remote 750-acre ranch, offering a unique blend of residential treatment, adventurous wilderness programs, and dedicated academic pursuits. Catering to both young men and women aged 13-19, our academy is designed to accommodate up to 12 teen girls and 12 teen boys, ensuring personalized care and attention.

At Ozark Trails, transformation begins in our expansive 32,000 square foot facility, which houses separate dormitories for each gender. This space is not just a place to rest; it’s a home where students find solace and community. It also includes well-equipped classrooms, versatile meeting spaces, a homely kitchen, and a welcoming dining room. Beyond the confines of traditional learning, we offer our students a bridge to their future with transitional living options and the opportunity to embark on a collegiate journey with two free years at Southwest Missouri State College.

Immersed in the untouched wilderness of the Ozarks, our students engage in a curriculum where therapy intertwines with adventure. They form profound connections with nature and themselves through hands-on experiences with horses, rock climbing adventures, and water expeditions on the North Fork River. These activities are more than just pastimes; they are lessons in resilience, self-discovery, and teamwork.

From the first light of dawn to the peaceful dusk, our students are enveloped in an environment that fosters hope, healing, and a sense of purpose. Removed from the distractions and pressures of the outside world, they learn to navigate their inner landscapes and forge a path to a more productive and fulfilling life. On the ranch, amidst a community of support and the healing power of nature, troubled teens undergo a profound metamorphosis. They emerge from Ozark Trails not just as students who have faced their challenges but as young adults who have experienced a true change of heart, ready to contribute meaningfully to the world around them.

Ozark Trails Academy is a residential treatment center that empowers teenagers to steer clear of harmful behaviors by choosing positive change. It guides them to make wise decisions, achieve genuine success, build meaningful relationships, and transition into an improved life.


Top Benefits for Your Teen

  • Adventure therapy
  • Academics (H.S. credits, college)
  • Experiential learning
  • “Live, Learn, Lead” positive peer culture
  • Clinical therapy
  • Emotional processing
  • Peer dynamics
  • Self-reflection
  • Group processing
  • Life skills
  • Safe, home-type environment
  • Cohesive/thorough approach