Two Spring Ridge Female students studying together

STUDENT LIFE

LIVING ON CAMPUS

Our campus was designed to provide a beautiful and functional home and school environment for our students. Our facilities grant us the ability to carry out the typical daily events of a traditional boarding school while our program ensures these activities remain productive and useful.

Students reside in two dormitories connected by a common activity room. Spacious dorm rooms provide ample living space for four students to live and work together. Roommates are assigned to create a well-balanced group with a supportive combination of strengths and experience. Students on higher phases offer leadership and support to new students.

Daily life is a combination of rigorous academics, personal growth through therapy, and physical and artistic activities that encourage expression.

 

A big shade tree with a fountain and a cement table surrounded by bushes and green grass.

SCHEDULE

Weekdays

6:15 am to 9:00 am

Before School

Weekday mornings provide students with enough time to develop a routine for self-care before they start the school day. Students are provided an opportunity for exercise on our top-of-the-line equipment, as part of a sports team, or in one of our many recreation areas. Breakfast is available during this time as well. Students have hot options as well as cereal, fresh and dried fruit, yogurt, granola, coffee, and teas. Additionally, students have time to clean their rooms, do laundry, study, socialize, and get ready for the day.

Students are provided support throughout their mornings as they build skills for self-care and community living. Our dorm life mimics a boarding school or college dorm with assistance so our students are successful.

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Caseload Community and Therapy Groups

After school and a quick snack, students gather for group therapy or life skills support. These tight-knit groups work together to help face patterns that aren’t working for individuals or the community as a whole. We use this time to build intimate connections and solve problems in a supportive environment with the help of a professional. Students learn tools and have the opportunity to refine their intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.

4:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Evening Activities and Support Services

The students have time to socialize, organize their rooms, study, read, participate in extracurricular activities, and practice mindfulness in the evenings. Students visit the dining room for our evening meal. We eat as a family encouraging girls to enjoy the company of their peers and build lasting relationships. Before bedtime, all students have a quiet time of reflection. This time allows students to process what they have learned that day and have a mindful focus on those areas that they still need to address.

9:05 am to 3:00 pm

School and Therapy

After getting ready for the day, students head to class. Our college-prep curriculum includes AP courses as well as the arts. Our 80-minute blocks on a rotating A/B schedule allow teachers to provide general instruction and one-on-one assistance. In addition, all of our teachers are part of treatment teams and have trauma-informed classrooms so that they can meet students where they are and support them to the highest levels of success.

Throughout the day, students have individual and family sessions. Further, support from our community coaches and community life directors is available for students who need extra assistance or need special accommodations.

Most students, faculty, and staff will gather in the courtyard to share a meal, connect, or get tutoring during lunchtime. Other students will have calls with family.

Weekends

7:30 am to 9:45 am

Weekend Mornings

Students sleep in a little later on weekends before heading over to breakfast and attending to their daily chores. They also participate in on-campus community service on weekend mornings. These projects help to maintain the shared spaces on campus and develop a sense of community.

10:00 am to 1:10 pm

Community Groups and Activities and Lunch

Students continue to have groups on the weekend as well as time to complete homework. On Saturdays, the whole student community participates in toastmasters, allowing students to build public speaking skills, including informative and dramatic speaking. On Sundays, there is a spiritual time for students to practice their faith traditions individually or in small groups.

During lunch, students socialize with peers and staff and have phone calls with their families.

1:10 pm to 6:40 pm

Therapeutic Recreational Activities and Dinner

Students engage in a variety of recreational and service activities in our weekend programming. These activities serve as ways for students to take new risks, try new activities, and foster passions that keep life exciting and healthy. In addition, to give our students many opportunities to participate in service work, we partner with several non-profit organizations, including a women’s domestic violence shelter, the local veteran’s hospital, an alpaca farm, and an animal rescue ranch.

We offer seasonal and continuous recreational activities both on-campus and off-campus, including horseback riding, self-defense, digital photography, life skills, choral and instrumental music, cooking, ceramics, jewelry making, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, swimming, tennis, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

6:40 pm to 9:00 pm

Evening Activities and Support Services

Our evening activities vary on the weekends depending on the night. Saturdays, the students gather for popcorn and a movie while on Sundays there is another opportunity to study or to watch TV. Students take time for mindfulness on the weekends as well and have plenty of opportunities for self-care activities, including taking care of pets or plants, doing a puzzle, reading, and listening to music.

Dining

Students enjoy a balanced menu consisting of whole grains, high-quality meats, fish, fruits, and vegetables. In addition, our kitchen prepares a vegetarian option at each meal and can accommodate most dietary needs. We also assist young people who have an unhealthy relationship with food to reframe their feelings and attitudes.

Students have three meals a day and three snacks. Fresh fruit is always available to students, and a full salad bar is open at lunch and dinner. In addition, our chefs encourage students and families to submit favorite recipes to add to our menu for a taste of home. 

We also offer cooking as a weekend activity for students who want to learn how to prepare fresh meals and desserts. The students in the club plan, prepare, and serve the campus. Each student also has to get a valid Arizona Food Handler’s certificate before working in the kitchen. 

Two female Spring Ridge Students eating salad with a bowl of soup and fresh roll