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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 8:1.

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, field trips to our scenic wonders surrounding area.

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Cultural Treasures

Field Trips


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, Physics, Environmental Science, and Agricultural Science
  • Foreign Language (2)—includes Spanish 1-4* – Other languages including French and ASL may be taken online administred by supportive teachers
  • Fine Arts (1.5)—includes Drama, Painting & Drawing, Three-dimensional Design, Advanced Art, Dance, Music/Chorus, and Ceramics, and Culinary Arts
  • Health (0.5)
  • Physical Education (1.5) Includes a traditional physical education regimen as well as Yoga
  • Electives (4)—Includes Life Experiences, Food & Nutrition, Personal Development, Work/Study, TA, Horsemanship (beginner through advanced), Journalism, 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 residential treatment centers 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. Four core classes are scheduled each day, with different 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 70 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.

Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is a long term investigative, multifaceted and interdisciplinary project that serves as an academic and experiential exercise for students. It encourages students to think critically, solve challenging problems, remain flexible and set and achieve goals. In addition, students will enhance such academic skills as oral and written communication, public speaking, research inquiry, and media literacy.

The Capstone Project can take a wide variety of forms culminating in a final project, presentation or performance. Students will bring a unique perspective to this assignment in which a learning stretch will be achieved through an individualized and rigorous process.

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Study Halls & Academic Support

Our teachers provide one to one individualized learning interventions, study halls, and individual academic support for our students in order to support each student’s individual learning needs.  We want our students to excel, overcome roadblocks, and learn to love learning again.  Students aren’t left to struggle alone.  Our teachers are there to help, instruct, explain, and inspire our students wherever there is a need.


Accommodations for Exceptional Students

Students come to Sedona Sky Academy for multiple reasons.  Many of our students may have specific diagnosed Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities and Executive Functioning Deficits.  We serve our students by placing them in the least restrictive environment.  Our classes are small and individualized in order to provide scaffolded instruction to meet their needs. We incorporate individualized academic plans (IAP’s) to identify strengths, challenges and accommodations and/or modifications that would best help learning needs.  These IAP’s are gathered based upon all available information and discussed as a team incorporating administration, teachers, parents, clinicians, residential staff, parents and the student herself.

Modern Classroom Technology

Modern study, research, writing and learning requires modern tools and technology.  At Sedona Sky, we provide a safe, structured, and secure way for our students to safely use the technology they will need to be fluent with in school, college, and beyond.  We utilize the Chromebook and Google Docs platform for our students to study, research and produce their schoolwork.

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Admissions Tammy Behrmann Founder, Sedona Sky Academy
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