Where students become success stories.
To help our students achieve success, we create a custom Chrysalis academic plan for each student. Upon arrival, our academic team develops a specialized curriculum and schedule with each student to fit her particular interests and academic needs depending on her personal academic history and learning style. All core courses are teacher-led, and class sizes remain small, with an average of five or six students. Our goal is to provide an intimate academic and therapeutic setting designed to promote self-confidence, personal accountability and integrity among our students.
State-certified teachers apply creative and advanced techniques for every core class. Our teachers find ways to engage a girl’s individual strengths and interests, from creative writing to science art to music. Teachers also teach skills that prepare her for college and a professional career. We have academic advisors who looks at realistic plans for students’ futures and helps guide seniors through college applications. In fact, because of the confidence and success experienced in and out of our classrooms, the majority of our program graduates go on to pursue higher education.
Each of our students is paired with an academic advisor in charge of overseeing her academic goals and ensuring she is placed in the right classes. Academic advisors reconcile a student’s academic past with her academic future and take all of the individual student’s needs into account. We want to ensure that students are placed in the right class for their ability level, and guarantee that they are on track to meet all their graduation requirements.
Some students come to Chrysalis with a history of academic challenges. To help show a student that she can be successful, we can offer tutoring, one-on-one support, extra time on assignments and testing, reading material out loud, printed notes and many other accommodations, whether the student comes to us with a 504 or IEP in place or not. Chrysalis teachers use their small class sizes to offer a myriad of extra support to students who need it.
We also have students who arrive at Chrysalis with a history of high academic achievement, and our teachers strive to challenge these students to continue learning to their full potential. Because of the small class sizes and variety of classes offered, teachers can ensure that high-achieving students are provided with stimulating learning experiences tailored to meet their needs and interests.
In our safe and secure environment, a girl can focus, grow and be herself.
“I go to a credit-recovery school. It’s been the second best school ever, Chrysalis being the first. I’m graduating … and will be starting up at the local community college. I want to become a therapist!”
– Former Student
Chrysalis is accredited by the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA). Accreditation is an affirmation of the school’s commitment to self-improvement and educational excellence through bi-annual CORE review. Every five years, the NIPSA board visits to ensure we are meeting or exceeding standards and continually improving our processes to meet the evolving needs of our clients. Chrysalis has been a NIPSA member since 2008.
Chrysalis is licensed and registered with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry as a Private Alternative Adolescent Residential Program (PAARP), as required. Chrysalis has been PAARP-licensed since 2008.
Chrysalis is uniquely aligned with the local public school, Lincoln County High School (LCHS), in Eureka, Montana.
Students are taught on campus by our highly qualified teaching staff at our custom-built schoolhouse, but are enrolled and registered at LCHS to obtain high school credits. LCHS generates our official transcripts and high school diplomas, so if your student graduates while attending Chrysalis, her high school diploma will be awarded by LCHS. The public school also supplements our resources by providing textbooks, science equipment and other materials to help prepare our students for a college environment.
When clinically, academically and socially appropriate, a student can attend the local high school. Girls must attend our campus high school for a minimum of one academic semester before applying to the treatment team to consider public school.
Chrysalis students continue earning credit through experiential learning and elective credits during summer months. Many courses take place outside the classroom. We also take advantage of the glorious summer weather for incredible adventure trips and activities.
Summer courses can include:
- Farm to Table
- Health & Wellness
- Executive Functioning
- Credit Recovery
Adventure days (Friday/Saturday) offer:
- Rock climbing
- Swimming and boating
Extended adventure trips include:
- Father/daughter canoe and mother/daughter lake bonding retreats
- Week-long service trip to Glacier National Park – a chance to give back via trail work
- Homebuilding through Habitat for Humanity