Academic Success and Support

Many of our students come to us with a history of academic struggles including underachievement, low motivation, and learning differences.   Some combination of trauma, anxiety, depression, substance use, and ADHD have often also interfered with our students’ academic success.  Lack of academic success due to any of these factors can have a huge impact on mood and self-esteem, and can lead to a belief that higher education is unattainable.

At Red Mountain Sedona, our Master’s-level academic coordinator and case managers offer our students expert help in the following areas:

  • College applications
  • Project planning
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Time management
  • Understanding syllabi and planning assignments
  • SAT prep
  • ACT prep
  • GED prep
  • High School completion

College Credit Included

For students who have completed high school and wish to attend college, up to six credit-hours of regular program tuition at Yavapai College are included in Red Mountain tuition.  Yavapai College has six schools of study that offer degrees and/or certificates in areas ranging from Arts and Humanities to Science and Engineering.  Students can study Film & Media Arts, Computer Programming, Business, Nursing, or even learn a trade. This occurs in an environment that supports their course completion without the distraction or risk that might be associated with a larger university. 

We provide our students with transportation to class, computer access, and all the tools and support they need to excel in traditional and/or online educational settings.

We also provide a united front across the spectrum of our academic, residential, and clinical teams, addressing the issues that have held our students back in the past and supporting them in new approaches to school that translates into real success.

College Graduation 

After graduating from the Red Mountain program, our alumni have continued to engage in studies at Yavapai College and at the following institutions across the country:

Arizona State University

Belmont College

Boston University

Brigham Young University

Coconino Community College

Dean College

George Mason University

Grand Canyon University

Marquette University

Naropa University

Northeastern University

Northern Arizona University

Prescott College

Rider University

Sarah Lawrence College

Savannah College of Art and Design

Scottsdale Community College

Smith College

Southeastern University

Temple University

University of Arizona

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Idaho

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Vanderbilt University

Williams College

Yavapai College

High School Completion

Completing high school while at a young adult transition program can provide an excellent opportunity for students to reach this important milestone while also gaining other necessary life skills simultaneously. At this age, returning to a traditional high school setting may feel like a step backward and depending on how many credits a student has left to finish, it can take quite a while. For others, returning to their “home school” may not be clinically recommended.  At Red Mountain, our high school students have several options for attaining their diploma including finishing their credits through their previous school district, completing an online high school program through either the University of Nebraska or Brigham Young University.  There are also GED options available through Yavapai College, if that is preferred by the student and their family.

Academic Advising

In addition to receiving individual coaching and support from their Case Manager, students can also work with our master’s-level Academic Advisor, Gene Stevenson.  With over 20 years of experience in academics, he has great success helping students navigate the college application process and credit transfers, as well as helping students learn to identify and access supports within their school system, a skill that is needed even after they leave Red Mountain.

“As a parent, I felt he was where he needed to be and I had good communication with the RMS staff. I liked the fact that he had to earn his freedom as he moved from level to level, and I also appreciated that students had to have a plan before they graduate.

– Red Mountain Parent