Troubled Teens Boys Boarding School Program

 Best Boarding School for Troubled Teens in Western Montana

 Our Troubled Teens Program For Boys is Different

We Offer Parents an Alternative to Military School and Teen Boot Camps

Wood Creek Academy is an all boys “troubled teen boarding school,” an accredited and licensed private high school located in beautiful, rural, Western Montana. Our facility is approximately 12 miles outside of the town of Thompson Falls, a small community located on the Clark Fork River. The 60-acre ranch adjoins National Forest land on three sides.  The U.S. Forest Service allows us to access and use the Kootenai and Lolo National Forests. Our self-sustaining off-grid facility consists of a bunkhouse, main house, classroom, and a multi-purpose building.


We use this quiet, pristine setting to help young men, reflect and re-prioritize their lives. Through our consistent schedule and positive atmosphere, we are able to focus on each boy and track their progress.

Wood Creek Academy Campus

Our daily routine includes:

  • focused year-round school
  • wholesome food
  • hard work
  • evening discussions as well as group and individual counseling.

**We are accepting new students during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We quarantine all new students and follow the CDC and State of Montana guidelines**

Program Length:   Student residents complete this therapeutic program in 10–12 months. 

 Capacity:  In order to give each of our residents the attention they deserve, we limit our troubled teen program to a maximum of 16 residents.

Alternative to Boot Camp - Wood Creek Academy
wilderness therapy for teen boys

We are a Therapeutic Boarding High School 

Wood Creek Academy is NOT a typical residential treatment center or traditional troubled teen therapeutic school or teen boot camp. We are a licensed therapeutic boarding school, a high school for boys, we offer outdoors “wilderness therapy” daily and we partner with local ranchers, churches and community organizations to teach our resident students ways to take the focus off what they want and instead learn to be responsible citizens contributing in our community. .   

Wood Creek Academy utilizes an on-premise  staff  twenty-four hours to ensure maximum supervision and we works with licensed clinical social workers, therapiest and accredited teachers.  We offer mentorship and assist our teenage residents achieve their personal goals and potential.


We Are Not a Boot Camp or a Military School, We Are an Effective Alternative to Short-term Troubled Teen Programs 

Wood Creek Academy is NOT a boot camp or military school for boys. We do consider ourselves to be a more effective alternative to traditional troubled teen programs because we approach our teenage residents/students as individuals with kindness and caring. We take a holistic approach to help each boy improve their own lives. We help our teens by providing needed direction and purpose through dedication and consistency.

Over the last fifteen years, we have optimized our troubled teen programs for boys to be most effective in helping teenagers struggling with specific behavioral issues.

Scroll down to learn more about our treatment philosophy.

Our Program Can Help Your Struggling Teen Boy With A Wide Range of Issues

We offer effective troubled teen programs for boys facing a wide range of issues. Our unique troubled youth program is designed to help teenage boys struggling with one or more of the following problems in their lives:

Many of the boys who attend our therapeutic boarding school are diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, ODD, RAD and PTSD. In addition to working with your teenage son, we also work together with your family. Family participation is vital to your child’s success. Our Student Family Program is set up so your family can participate in groups and attend various programs with your teen. This is a safe environment for your family to honestly deal with the problems you have with your teenager and rebuild your relationship.

Group Time

Daily group participation will give struggling teens the opportunity to express their beliefs, concerns, and goals. This process will challenge negative beliefs and logic and allow a venue for discussing barriers students may be experiencing in successful decision-making.

By listening to positive and constructive feedback from peers and staff, teens learn a new self-awareness, which allows them to identify negative patterns and attitudes. The topics covered in these discussions will lay a foundation of new skills including effective communication, listening, identifying and coping with emotions, trust building, and planning a transition back into their home and society.

Individual Therapy

We utilize local agencies for individual therapy/counseling. Counseling provides an additional opportunity to address unresolved mental and emotional issues that could be disrupting the healing and learning process. We offer face-to-face or phone conference sessions with the family.

Please explore our website or call an admissions counselor at 866.694.8882 for additional information about how Wood Creek Academy can help your family.

Get to know about how our school for a troubled teen can turn around things quickly!

Individual Teen Therapy - Wood Creek Academy

Get to know how our school for a troubled teen can turn around things quickly!

Wood Creek Academy

It is an honor to be considered as a potential resource to help your family at this important time. Please contact us today for more information about our program and specifics about the customized solution we can offer your teen.

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Wood Creek Academy PO Box 2092 Thompson Falls, MT  59873 Toll Free: 866.694.8882 Fax: 406.258.0544 Email:
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