Discovery Academy Academics

Turning Challenges into Opportunities.

Discovery Academy is a residential treatment facility where students get a great education while they receive treatment.Discovery Academy is a 7–12 school that educates students between 13 and 17-years-old. We have designed a school that is equipped to meet each student's individual needs.

Most teens who come to Discovery Academy have multiple challenges that have made it difficult for them to learn in traditional school settings. These challenges may include mental health, anxiety, school avoidance, depression, processing, and executive functioning issues. Because of these issues, many have fallen behind in credits. We are designed to help students get back on track or accelerate by providing credit recovery classes, regular classes, honors, and AP classes.

Student-teacher relationships are important to us, so we keep classes small so that each student’s particular needs will be met by a qualified teacher in each classroom. Academic and clinical staff work together to support therapeutic goals, which in turn helps students be academically successful.

Blended Learning Instructional Model

Discovery Academy is competency-based, meaning that students must pass all assignments, quizzes, and tests with 80% proficiency before moving on to the next concept. Because students come and go at different times, we use a blended learning model to meet each student where they are at.

Students begin a course at the beginning and move through the curriculum with the support of teachers and student advisors. There are no semesters or summer vacations to determine when a student is finished learning. Since school is year-round, students earn on average 1.5 years of credit and improve their GPA.

Blended learning is a mix of digital curriculum and direct teacher instruction that allows for students to progress at their own individualized pace. Student advisors monitor work to make sure that each student is progressing at an appropriate rate. The individualized academic approach removes the pressure that students may feel about competing with other students.

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Students Learn How to Learn

Throughout the treatment process, your student will begin to experience success in education. With this success comes the desire for more learning and that feeling of success. Many former Discovery Academy students have progressed to find employment after graduation or been accepted into colleges and universities. Your student will have the opportunity to grow, learn and experience success as our former students have.

[our son] was able to not only catch up in his school work but he got ahead almost an entire year! He really thrived with your program and we cannot thank you enough!"
- Parent

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Discovery Academy Accreditation

Discovery Academy is fully accredited by Cognia, the recognized agency for degree-granting institutions in the USA. Discovery Academy is also fully licensed in the State of Utah. We provide an academic program leading to a high school diploma in accordance with the standards established by the Utah State Office of Education.

All Discovery Academy teachers hold current teaching licenses and have met the requirements of the Utah State Office of Education.

Discovery Academy curriculum consists of core courses as required by the Utah State Office of Education and a full offering of additional academic and elective opportunities including honors and Advanced Placement courses.

We've Had Students Accepted to:


University of Alabama

Arizona State University

Army - United States Military Academy

Boston Conservatory

University of Berkeley

Broward College

Bryn Mawr College

Brigham Young University

Cal Poly Pomona

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Gulf Coast University

Central Florida University

United States Naval Academy

University of North Carolina

College of William & Mary

DePaul University

University of Dayton

Eastern Washington University

Florida State University

Furman University

The University of Georgia

Guilford College

University of Hawaii

University of Iowa

Irvine Valley College

Keene State College

University of Massachusetts

Mercer University

Metro State University

Middle Tennessee State University

University of Missouri Kansas City

Montana State University

University of North Carolina - Greensboro

New York University

Princeton University

Rutgers University

University California, Santa Barbara

Saginaw State University

Stanford University

Stetson University

Texas A&M

Tulane University

UC Merced

University of Denver

University of Colorado

Colorado State University

University of Nebraska

University of South Carolina

University of Utah

University of Las Vegas

Utah State University

Utah Valley University

Washington State University

Western Illinois University

Western Michigan University

William Paterson University
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