Located in central Arizona, Sedona Sky Academy provides residential substance abuse and behavioral health treatment to girls ages 13-17. The rehab offers a unique, therapeutic boarding school experience, combining a strong academic program with top-notch care for anger, anxiety, depression, relationship choices, learning disorders, substance abuse and poor self-esteem issues. Each girl is given the opportunity to grow and learn in an environment that’s caring, supportive and focused on her mental, emotional and physical needs.
ABOUT SEDONA SKY ACADEMY
Sedona Sky Academy is an all-girl’s boarding school and residential treatment center. Directed toward girls ages 13 to 17 dealing with academic, behavioral, psychological concerns, the center combines an equestrian program with educational opportunities and therapeutic services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Programming for adolescent girls ages 13 to 17 includes dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and counseling sessions that cover topics like self-esteem, anger management, interpersonal relationships. A typical day includes school, therapy, leisure time, horsemanship, and chores.
Sedona Sky places special emphasis on its equestrian program to develop structure, discipline, trust, respect, and other skills. Recreational therapy, including team sports like soccer, basketball, and softball, hiking and other outdoor pursuits, and weekly exercise activities.
Weekly family sessions, often via telecommunication, are offered, along with family workshops.
Two academic tracks are offered at Sedona Sky: an academic recovery program for students needing standard schooling and college preparation curriculum. The facility boasts a faculty-to-student ratio of 11:1 and a 99 percent college placement rate.
Sedona Sky staffs a clinical director, masters-level counselors, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a clinical director, an admissions coordinator, a program director, and a nutritionist. The center also employs teachers specializing in yoga, music, culinary arts, science, math, and other academic areas.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Girls attending Sedona Sky can enjoy a scenic campus of 29 acres that showcases hiking trails, open lands, gated pastures for horses, ancient ruins, and rivers. The 80-bed facility includes three dormitories, modern dining, an exercise facility, and “state-of-the-art” classrooms. Girls can enjoy a soccer field, basketball and sand volleyball courts, and an equestrian area.
Sedona Sky also takes clients on camping trips to the Grand Canyon, hiking, art, music, and theater trips, and visit a local planetarium.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The four alumni responding to a Best-rehabs.com survey to date gave mixed opinions. A.R. gave perfect five-star rating for treatment effectiveness. “The family work we did in the workshops was very helpful in healing my relationships with my parents and being able to have a relationship with them again,” they commented. Alum E.R. gave the facility a similar assessment, writing: “The staff is so supporting and loving and they tried their best to cater to the students needs.”
However, two alum commented on feelings of suicide, depression, and anxiety becoming stronger during treatment. Alum M.M. wrote: “I had never felt more depressed and suicidal in my life than when i was there. The academics were a joke.” Alum S. added: “The staff were very untrained and didn’t know how to handle situations and either treat you like a criminal or like you’re 5 years old.”
“Therapy staff are entry level and not equipped to deal with the issues presented by the students,” wrote one-star reviewer C.F. “Staff is cold and uncaring.” The facility responded, writing: “Our program is quite the opposite of punitive and has established a solid reputation for helping young ladies through the struggles of adolescence. Our staff are very adequately trained and educated, meeting or exceeding all state and federal requirements, and are some of the most caring and compassionate individuals you will ever meet.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Most loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com at this time of writing gave the facility positive reviews. “Unbelievable staff and place! So thankful to everyone at SSA! Because of them we got our daughter back,” wrote Pat, the father of an alumni. Five-star reviewer Sandra added: “The experience was so good for our daughter. She’s coming out of her shell, and facing the problems she’s trying to overcome with her therapist and her new friends at Sedona.” However, parent J.B. gave one-star ratings to treatment effectiveness and the facility’s exercise and leisure activities. “This school is the worst place to send your daughter,” she wrote.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Seven staff members gave mostly positive feedback to Best-rehabs.com. Five staff members polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave an average 4.4 out of five stars for its quality of care and gave four- and five-stars for its cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Staff members mentioned quality of treatment as a strength of the facility but some felt that internal communication could be improved.
“Strengths are the multiple modalities, care of the staff, level of support for students and focus on the family,” M. G. wrote. T.J.P added, “The program offers a strong clinical approach to address the co-occuring issues related to substance abuse as well as a strong equine support program.”
Though Sedona Sky’s website doesn’t state a specific price, the facility does offer financial assistance.