about us


Founded in 1994, Northwest Academy is a therapeutic boarding school located on a beautiful plateau in the mountains of northern Idaho helping troubled teens from throughout the United States including California (CA), Oregon (OR) and  Washington (WA).  Here older teens at-risk of not completing high school, benefit from counseling, family reunification, experiential learning, accelerated college-preparatory academics and post-secondary guidance. In simply one year, students gain motivation, confidence, and the skills needed to live responsible, independent and successful lives. 

Northwest Academy is built on a solid foundation of five core values, which we teach our students, and that guides our work on their behalf: Safety, Community, Responsibility, Honesty, and Respect. 

Northwest Academy At-A-Glance:

School Type Therapeutic Boarding School
Students Co-ed ages 16 – 18
Grades Served 10-12
Length-of-Stay 12 months
Average Class Size 8 students
Accreditation Northwest Accreditation Commission
Religious Affiliation None
Location Naples, Idaho

Our Mission

Northwest Academy creates opportunities for struggling teens to pursue maturity and success. We believe that:

  • Everyone can learn, grow and change; 
  • Learning best occurs in a nurturing and safe environment;
  • Every student is a valued individual;
  • Unique learning styles are accommodated and respected;
  • Active engagement leads to learning efficiency;
  • Healthy relationships encourage trust and commitment;
  • The integrity of the teacher is as important as the content of the lesson.
DSCN1055 “Thanks to Northwest Academy our son is a new man. A confident, poised, mature, educated, moral, disciplined and articulate young man.”