A well-rounded boarding school leads to a well-rounded individual.
Nestled in the vast wilderness of 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 and behavioral difficulties. Our unique holistic approach includes:
- Highly qualified and caring academic and clinical experts
- A proven comprehensive and individualized program
- A specialization in relational development and family-style living
- An incomparable setting that itself is conducive to healing
- Regular local and biannual international travel opportunities
Chrysalis was founded as a small home-based program in 1998 by Mary Alexine and Kenny Pannell, a husband-and-wife therapy team. 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 a rural space started with the notion of creating a campus that would promote inner quiet, opportunities for 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 teeming with game and grand forests where experiences are awaiting students. Our campus provides inspiring views of the Whitefish range and our lakeshore invites nourishing, contemplative moments.
Like many of our parents, you will come to discover that this is purely by design. Our rural setting removes the distractions of peer pressure, relationship demands and other issues that may have brought our students here in the first place. A wilderness experience allows them to have an appreciation for something greater 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 is honored to be partnered with InnerChange, and we consider it a privilege to be entrusted with the care of teenage girls.