Cedar Ridge Academy

Cedar Ridge Academy


Cedar Ridge Academy, a private boarding school in Roosevelt, Utah, is located in the rural foothills of a mountain and close to a national forest. Since 1996, the facility continues to provide residential academic, behavioral health, and substance abuse treatment for troubled teens (boys and girls ages 12 to 17). Clients may undergo treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders while continuing their academic development in an integrated residential environment. Medically assisted detox is not available on site.


Cedar Ridge Academy uses a combination of cognitive and physical therapy methods, academic development strategies, and an immersive residential program to treat clients. It is a holistic mental and physical approach to correcting problem behaviors and promoting healthy living. The program emphasizes a positive peer environment where residents support each other. In addition, the teen’s experience is structured and supervised to promote emotional, physical, behavioral, social, and intellectual development. The approximate length of treatment is nine months, although this varies depending on the goals set by the individual and family members.

Treatment begins with an initial assessment with the intake staff to determine the type and level of care needed. Each client is assigned to a primary therapist who provides individual and family counseling one hour per week. Clients also participate in several hours of small group therapy per week, focusing on specific issues such as substance abuse, relationships, grief, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). There are also larger group meetings with the entire campus or individual dorm members.

Cedar Ridge Academy also offers a range of physical education and development options to promote healthy physical development. Clients can participate in a range of extracurricular activities, including various sports as well as hobby classes. A specialized form of exposure treatment that is available uses Shotokan Karate as a method of promoting self-control, discipline, and physical training.

Educational and therapy workshops are scheduled throughout the year where staff members, family members, and clients address key relationship and skills development concerns. Parents are invited to participate in workshops at least three times per year.


According to the facility’s website, the treatment team at Cedar Ridge Academy consists of three licensed marriage and family therapists, as well as a trauma and physical therapy specialist. All of the treatment team’s staff members hold degrees in their respective fields as well as other certifications. Academic personnel with the appropriate training and experience are available to help with academic training during treatment.


The Cedar Ridge Academy campus, set in a rural and serene location, has separate houses for boys and girls. Each house includes a shared living room, kitchen area, and bedrooms with bunk beds. Residents participate in chores such as meal preparation, gardening, housekeeping, and caring for the animals on campus. The school also hosts regular events and field trips, as well as hosts 13 sports and clubs for students.


At the time of this writing, Best-rehabs.com has not received reviews from alumni of Cedar Ridge Academy.

On Google, the facility earned 4.4 out of five stars from seven reviews to date. [1] While most of the reviews are from satisfied parents of teen clients, alum Joshwa wrote: “Great School! Their Leadership/Karate Program is the best!”


One review from a loved one of an alum was received by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing. The feedback was extremely positive.

Loved one E.L.M., whose child attended the facility, gave maximum five-star ratings for nearly every metric, including the level of staff support and the quality of mental health and addiction treatment. The only less-than-perfect rating was four out of five stars for the facility’s pricing.


Cedar Ridge Academy accepts major insurance plans, including Aetna, Cigna, BlueCross BlueShield, and United Healthcare. However, many insurance companies will only cover Ceder Ridge Academy treatments after other methods have been completed. This includes inpatient and intensive outpatient (IOP) services.

[1] https://goo.gl/jFja2Z

Cedar Ridge Academy Reviews

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It was a loving place where a family owned the facility. We were very happy with how it was run at the time but it has been a number of years since we had contact with them. We have referred a number of people there who have also sent their kids.