Chrysalis is a small therapeutic boarding school located in northwestern Montana, just 5 miles from the British Columbia border. The school sits on 65 acres, nestled between Carpenter Lake and the Koocanusa Reservoir. Our beautiful campus is home to adolescent girls ages 13 to 18. The typical stay is between 18 and 24 months, but is individualized for each resident’s needs with the expectation of program graduation. Students live “family-style” in one of three homes, hold each other accountable for actions, and become responsible for themselves. Our supportive home environment encourages girls to build on personal strengths, while they examine and challenge old patterns which have prevented growth.
Personal responsibility and healthy risk-taking result in a positive sense of self and a strong identity. Self esteem surges ahead as girls experience mastery in many aspects of their lives including academics, physical fitness, self awareness, relationships, and self discipline. Opportunities for creative expression are provided through various workshops and classes. Each girl’s uniqueness enriches our community and contributes to the ever evolving tapestry of our lives together. Our mission is to provide the best quality therapeutic services, education, and experiential opportunities to adolescents and their families in the context of a warm and nurturing residential boarding school environment while maintaining a commitment to integrity in all that we do.