Moonridge Academy

Moonridge Academy

PO Box 1067 Cedar City, UT 84721

Gender: Female
Age Range: 12 and Under, 12 - 17

Phone: 435-383-3530

Program type: In-patient - Adventure Therapy, Boarding Schools, Girls Only Boarding Schools, Outdoor Therapy, Residential Treatment, Therapeutic Boarding Schools


Moonridge Academy provides a specialized, unique learning and healing environment for younger troubled teen girls ages 11-15. Moonridge Academy uses a variety of therapeutic modalities including play therapy, sand tray therapy, EMDR, Equine Therapy and DBT skills to meet the clinical needs of our younger girls.  Adventure Therapy is a big part of what we do at Moonridge!  Girls and their therapists together hike, camp, ski and mountain bike in the beauty of southern Utah. Our academic program provides your daughter with traditional classroom instruction in small classes of 2-4 students.

About Program:

Cost Per Day:

Financial assistance available: No

Average Length of Stay:

Number of clients at facility: 11 - 20

Staff to Client Ratio: 1:5

Staff credentials:

Accredited school on site: Yes

Spiritual component:

Christian programming: No

Family counseling available: Yes

Licensed within state: Yes


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