Where students become success stories.
To help each of our students achieve success, we offer an individualized curriculum and one-on-one attention in the classroom. Upon arrival, our academic director develops a specialized curriculum and schedule with each student to fit her particular interests and academic needs depending on her personal academic history. All core courses are teacher-led, and to allow one-on-one attention in the classroom, we keep the number of students to a minimum in each class and limit the number of students on campus to 37. Class sizes average 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. If a student has a passion, we want her to pursue it at Chrysalis. Our teachers find ways to engage a girl’s individual strengths and interests, from creative writing to art to music. They also teach skills that prepare her for college and a professional career. We have a college prep advisor 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 failure and, 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.
Social hierarchies, bullying and other negative classroom distractions? Those issues just don’t exist here. 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 self-evaluation. The entire school community participates, and a committee of peers determines the accuracy of the self-study. 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. Our courses are similarly titled to reflect the same curriculum used at LCHS; however, teachers at Chrysalis are able to use their creative planning skills to make the lessons fit the individual needs of students.
Students are taught on campus by our certified 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.
Unlike many other programs, summer (June through August) at Chrysalis is spent outside the classrooms. Each summer, the staff put together an exciting and invigorating schedule of activities on campus and in the community.
Taking advantage of the unique great outdoors at Chrysalis, adventure trips and other activities provide a break from core academics and present challenges that build confidence critical to a girl’s success in the program and her future.
Weekly block activities include:
- Service work at the animal shelter (walking dogs, grooming, etc.)
- Fine art
Weekend adventure days off-campus offer:
- Rock climbing
- Swimming and boating
- Horseback riding
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