What is Alpine Academy and Alpine Academy reviews? How are they consistently leading the industry as one of the best private schools in America?
We had the opportunity to visit and review Utah’s Alpine Academy, a well-known therapeutic school for teenage girls, to learn what they do different in the industry to achieve the level of positive change they are able to help girls achieve.
Their friendly staff answered all our questions openly and surprisingly were even able to hand us an 82 page collection of unbiased feedback collected from recent students and parents who have experienced this remarkable boarding school. We were intrigued at the sheer volume of feedback they collect each year and also surprised at their high level of operational transparency.
When asked about the open feedback Alpine’s Director, Michele Boguslofski, said that they “strive for an environment of safe, warm and open communication [because] that’s where personal growth can take place and progress is made”.
Michele went on to say that their program “is the most transparent residential treatment center in America” and that “only certified Teaching Family Model (TFA) agencies like Alpine Academy reviews maintain this level of open transparency and acountability directly to the children and their parents.”
The TFA, we found out, is an empirically proven model for helping cultivate within developing youth a strong sense of resourcefulness. Apparently it also works in boarding schools for girls.
The concepts of the Teaching Family Model trumpeted by Alpine Academy as their approach to helping girls succeed is quite fascinating and worth looking into. A helpful video on the TFA for those interested can be found here: https://youtu.be/xPThHXT8GDQ
Alpine Academy’s staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Each were able to answer our questions to our satisfaction. They expressed a strong desire to make sure that they meet the individual needs of each of their students and their families. Due to their accreditation with the Teaching-Family Association, each employee in their residential department undergo extensive and thorough evaluation and review by outside third-party evaporators after 6 and 12 months of employment and then each year after.
We don’t know any other boarding school that is an all girls school that does this.
Jason Stout, an Alpine Academy spokesperson, said they “welcome the rigorous and regular outside assessment from the TFA because of the high level of confidence they have in it’s proven effectiveness for positive change” and they “work to maintain fidelity of the implementation of that model [they] use”.
As part of this evaluation process, the students and their parents are given a consumer survey that remains anonymous about that specific employee.
The survey Alpine sends out consists of a series of questions on which the consumer rates each individual staff member on a scale of 1-4
1=unacceptable, 2=needs improvement, 3=satisfactory, 4=exceptional.
Each girl and each parent are additionally given the opportunity to comment on each question. We have been given permission to share their most recent results.
Typically, these surveys are done on a computer to further protect confidentiality of the consumer. Alpine reports they have found this survey system to be one of the invaluable components in obtaining positive feedback on what we are doing right, as well as giving those whom they serve an open opportunity to voice concerns and complaints and the chance for operational betterment and progress.
This website is created with the hope that this effective practice of open and available feedback regarding individual staff members will become more common-place in the industry.
Below are several of the responses from parents and youth regarding the academy’s residential team members (They call them “Family Teachers” and “Associate Family Teachers”). In order to make it easier to read, all the responses for several staff members were each placed under each question. So there will be many responses from many people about many different staff members. In an effort to maintain confidentiality, the names of the staff members involved have been removed and replaced with (staff) or (staff members).