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Ozark Trails Academy

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How Change Happens

Troubled teens experience true healing and growth at our safe, remote residential home, school and ranch here in the beautiful Ozarks in Missouri. With room for up to 12 teen girls and 12 teen boys, ages 12-17, Ozark Trails Academy offers a “wilderness meets adventure” style program, as well as pure residential treatment, and focused academics.

Students live in separate dormitories, based in our 32,000 square foot building on campus that also includes classrooms, open meeting space, kitchen and a dining room. We also offer students transitional living options as they move from high school into two free years of college through Southwest Missouri State College.

Surrounded by nature, teens learn important life lessons as they work with horses, explore rock climbing, and enjoy canoeing and kayaking on the North Fork River, which flows through our 750 acre ranch. From sunrise to sunset each day, students can find hope, healing and purpose in life, separated from harmful distractions. Instead, as they live and work on the ranch, troubled teens connect with nature, and the Creator, God. They experience a real change of heart, and become the person God wants them to be.

Ozark Trails Academy teaches teens ways to avoid destructive behavior, make the choice to change for the better, make good decisions, experience real success, develop healthy relationships, and then move back into a new and better life.

Top Benefits for Your Teen

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