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Our Academic Curriculum

Courses Offered at Sedona Sky Academy

Individual Attention, College Preparation and Credit Recovery

Classes at Sedona Sky Academy are relatively small, with a current faculty-to-student ratio of 11:1.

Instruction is classroom-based, although in special circumstances, independent study—including college credit work—may be arranged for an individual student if it is deemed appropriate for her ability and college preparation track.

Our instructors use a creative approach in their classes, and take advantage of our unique location in north-central Arizona, drawing upon local cultural, historic, and geological riches. Other field studies take place further afield, which include leadership programs in Washington, D.C., and competing at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Montezumas Castle
Cultural Treasures

Shakespeare Festival

The Wave at Vermillion Cliffs
Geological Wonders

Our Nationally Accredited High School Core Curriculum

The number in parentheses is the minimum number of years of instruction in that discipline that is required for an SSA diploma. The credits should be obtained from the classes listed, or comparable courses from other schools:

  • English (4)—includes Language Arts, American Literature, World Literature, British Literature, Women’s Literature, Creative Writing, Shakespeare, and Journalism
  • Mathematics (3)—includes Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus
  • Social Studies (3)—includes World History, Geography, American History, American Government, Sociology, Economics, Child Development, and Psychology
  • Science (2)—includes Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Foreign Language (2)—includes French and Spanish*
  • Fine Arts (1.5)—includes Drama, Painting & Drawing, Three-dimensional Design, Advanced Art, Dance, Music/Chorus, and Shakespearean Production
  • Health (0.5)
  • Physical Education (1.5)
  • Electives (4)—includes Life Experiences, Food & Nutrition, Personal Development, Work/Study, TA, and any selected from the above categories.*

*A student with a diagnosed learning difference may petition to have the Foreign Language requirement waived. If her request is granted, her Elective requirement will be 6.

College Planning & Acceptance

As one of the most effective therapeutic boarding schools for girls, we provide a full array of college counseling for out upper-division students.  Working in collaboration with parents and educational consultants, we assist students with college selection and application procedures. Moreover, SAT and ACT preparation classes are provided and we assist students with test registration and interpretation of results.

In preparation for college, juniors and seniors are expected to take the SAT and/or ACT while enrolled at Sedona Sky Academy. Tutoring and test preparation are encouraged and available through trained teachers. Upper-division students are provided a full array of college counseling services.

We Have Achieved a 99% College Acceptance Rate

Many parents feel that residential treatment for their daughter means their plans for her future in college may be lost.  We’ve proven that it doesn’t have to be that way.  Once we’re able to assess where your daughter is at, create an academic plan, and help her learn to love learning again – you won’t believe how quickly she progresses again on her path for the future.

Our students are accepted to prominent and respected colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Our Typical Course Load

Each girl at Sedona Sky Academy takes five to six classes during the fall and winter semesters, and two to three classes during the summer session. Up to 7.5 credits can be earned in a 12-month period of time.

Because of scheduling constraints and the added summer session, the short-term sequencing of classes may seem strange compared to a traditional school setting.  However, over the course of a year, our academic department will remedy any gaps in a student’s previous schooling.

California is unique in giving 10 units per class per year.   Our graduation requirement of 22 units equals 220 in California.

Block Schedule

Except for the summer session, a block schedule is followed at Sedona Sky Academy. Three classes are scheduled each day, with a different three classes scheduled on alternating days, totaling six core classes that a student can take each semester.

The school day begins at 8:25 a.m., and each class meets for 85 minutes, with 10-minute breaks between classes. There is a 30-minute lunch break. There is also one hour of “constructive time” directly after lunch when students can study and catch up on homework or receive tutoring from teachers.

Admissions Tammy Behrmann Founder, Sedona Sky Academy
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