A well-rounded boarding school leads to a well-rounded individual.

Nestled in scenic northwest Montana is a place where young girls come to find themselves. Chrysalis boarding school is a 67-acre haven for girls ages 13 to 18 struggling with a variety of emotional, relational, and academic challenges. Our unique holistic approach includes:

  • Highly qualified and caring academic and clinical expertsabout
  • A proven comprehensive and individualized program (ask about our data collection!)
  • A specialization in relational development and family-style living
  • A calm and beautiful setting conducive to healing
  • Biannual international travel opportunities and local excursions

Chrysalis was founded in 1998 by clinicians Mary Alexine and Kenny Pannell. Over the past twenty-one years the school has grown while also maintaining the core principles of relational treatment. Today, Chrysalis is accredited by the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA) and officially licensed and registered with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry as a Private Alternative Adolescent Residential Program. We are members of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and the Association for Experiential Education (AEE).

Why are we located in Montana?

Our intention to locate Chrysalis in northwest Montana started with the notion of creating a campus that would promote inner quiet, opportunities about-chrysfor self-reflection and healing away from urban distractions.  We are in close proximity to the solitude of wild places where deep healing and self-exploration unfolds spontaneously, close to a town aptly named “Eureka!”

Our backyard is one large outdoor playground in pristine mountains with challenging rock faces, horseback riding trails, wild rivers and grand forests where experiences await students.  Our campus provides inspiring views of the Whitefish mountain range; our lakeshore invites nourishing, contemplative moments along with hours of water activities in the summer.

Like many of our parents, you will come to discover that this is purely by design. Our setting removes the distractions of peer pressure, implicit expectations and other issues that may have brought our students here in the first place. An outdoor environment allows them to have an appreciation for something About-us | Chrysalis School Montanagreater than themselves by giving them a sense of connectedness, meaning and purpose.

Chrysalis has made all the difference for many families and young girls. Even those who’ve not had success with other programs emerge from a state of emotional anguish and self-destructive behavior to develop a stable, enlightened and empowered sense of self.

“We describe Chrysalis as ‘a female empowerment model.’ Young women become engaged academically, emotionally, socially and physically and begin to build a strong identity and sense of self.”
– Referring Educational Consultant

Chrysalis considers it a privilege to be entrusted with the care of teenage girls.