Cedar Ridge Academy

Cedar Ridge Academy


Cedar Ridge Academy is a private boarding school located in Roosevelt, Utah. Situated in the rural foothills of a mountain and in close proximity to a national forest, the facility has been providing academic, behavioral health, and substance abuse treatment for troubled teens (boys and girls ages 12 to 17) since 1996. Clients receive integrated residential care that allows them to continue their academic development while undergoing treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Please note that medically assisted detox is not available on site.


Cedar Ridge Academy implements a comprehensive treatment approach that combines cognitive and physical therapy methods, academic development strategies, and an immersive residential program. The program aims to correct problem behaviors and promote healthy living through a holistic mental and physical approach. A positive peer environment is emphasized, where residents support one another. The teenage residents’ experiences are structured and supervised to foster emotional, physical, behavioral, social, and intellectual development. The duration of treatment is typically nine months, although it can vary based on individual and family goals.

Treatment begins with an initial assessment conducted by the intake staff to determine the appropriate level and type of care. Each client is assigned a primary therapist who provides one hour of individual and family counseling 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). Additionally, larger group meetings are held with the entire campus or individual dorm members.

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

Educational and therapy workshops addressing key relationship and skills development concerns are scheduled throughout the year. Staff members, family members, and clients participate in these workshops. Parents are also invited to attend workshops at least three times per year.


Cedar Ridge Academy’s treatment team comprises three licensed marriage and family therapists, as well as a trauma and physical therapy specialist. All staff members hold degrees in their respective fields and possess additional certifications. Academic personnel with appropriate training and experience are available to assist with academic training during treatment.


Cedar Ridge Academy’s serene and rural campus features separate houses for boys and girls. Each house includes shared living spaces, a kitchen area, and bedrooms equipped with bunk beds. Residents participate in various chores such as meal preparation, gardening, housekeeping, and caring for the animals on campus. The school also organizes regular events and field trips, and offers 13 sports and clubs for students.


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

On Google, the facility has received a rating of 4.4 out of five stars from seven reviews to date. While the majority of reviews are from satisfied parents of teen clients, one alumnus, Joshwa, wrote: “Great School! Their Leadership/Karate Program is the best!”


Best-rehabs.com has received one extremely positive review from a loved one of an alumnus at the time of this writing.

The loved one, identified as E.L.M., who had a child attending the facility, gave maximum five-star ratings across nearly every metric, including staff support and the quality of mental health and addiction treatment. The facility received a rating of four out of five stars for pricing.


Cedar Ridge Academy accepts major insurance plans, such as Aetna, Cigna, BlueCross BlueShield, and United Healthcare. It is important to note that many insurance companies will only cover treatments at Cedar Ridge Academy after other methods, such as inpatient and intensive outpatient (IOP) services, have been exhausted.

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.