Moonridge Academy

Students attending Moonridge Academy are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma or other clinical issues. Because of this students at Moonridge Academy receive clinical services including individual, family and group therapy.
Individual therapy modalities include equine therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), EMDR, Brainspotting, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), adventure therapy, and play therapy.
Moonridge Academy believes that a challenging, stimulating educational program is an important key to restoring balance and health to our students.
As a result, we provide high quality, fully accredited educational programs, including traditional academic studies, including experiential activities, and extracuricular activities.
Special attention is paid to meeting the needs of each individual student.
Our goal is to develop positive self-esteem in a climate that stimulates creativity and individuality.
Our philosophy is based on the belief that each child has unique capabilities and talents and that a wide variety of experiences are needed to help children discover and enhance their talents.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.AdvancED
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-9
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded2003
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students16 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Moonridge Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers4 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Packing list provided)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$135,000
Tuition Notes$11,300 monthly tuition. There is also an admission fee and a quarterly activity fee charged.
Admissions DirectorWendy Penrod
Admissions AssociateAnamarie Rodabough


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Recreational Athletic Programs:
Adventure Therapy, Equine Program

School Notes

  • Moonridge Academy is primarily a school that serves younger teenage girls in middle school.  Most students have clinical issues including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, emotional dysregulation, attachment/adoption, school refusal and social withdrawal.  Many of our students have also struggled with poor peer relationships.  Due to this all students accepted at Moonridge Academy will need to be clinically and academically approved.  

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school to Moonridge Academy is Mountain Springs Preparatory Academy (9.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Lava Heights Academy (25.7 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Evoke Therapy Programs (40.9 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Cedar City
    Grades: 9-12 | 42 students
    9.9 miles
    1454 South Campus Drive
    Cedar City, UT 84720
    (435) 867-5555
    9.9 9-12
  • New Harmony
    Kolob Canyon RTC
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    All-girls  | Alternative School
    Grades: 9-12 | 12 students
    11.5 miles
    1338 E 600 S
    New Harmony, UT 84757
    (435) 704-7191
    11.5 9-12
  • Toquerville
    Grades: 6-12 | 88 students
    25.7 miles
    730 Spring Dr
    Toquerville, UT 84774
    (855) 329-8478
    25.7 6-12
  • Toquerville
    Grades: 9-12 | 15 students
    25.8 miles
    652 N Shady Ln
    Toquerville, UT 84774
    (435) 215-0500
    25.8 9-12
  • Virgin
    Falcon Ridge Ranch
    All-girls  | Alternative School
    Grades: 6-12 | 22 students
    28.8 miles
    633 E Highway 9
    Virgin, UT 84779
    (855) 973-0334
    28.8 6-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
Moonridge academy was far by the worst program I have been to. The staff and therapists have their favorites. Some of the things done to me were traumatizing. I was mistreated, never felt welcome or at home. The escorts and restraints done by the workers were many times out of anger. I was retrained on accident, they believed I was faking my illness while I needed medical care immediately. I had to beg and plead until I finally got the help I needed. I became a very mean person. I did very well for the first 3 or so months until I couldn't handle how I was treated any longer. My therapist there told my information to other students. The program overall could have been great if I was treated like a normal human being rather than someone who needed to be punished for their mistakes in the wrong way. Parents come to tour and the kids are told what to say and what not to say. Although, the teachers and equine program was very good, there are many other options for getting that. I could not say this enough, do not send your kid here, my experience was horrible, moonridge academy is a disgusting place.
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Our daughter was at Moonridge for 10 months. We were lucky enough to find this school through our advocate who referred to it as an A+ program. He was 100% right. They provided her with strategies and coping skills to help her face challenges in the "real world". The school offers, unconditional love and support through intensive therapy, amazing adventures, rigorous but creative academic program, equine therapy and lasting friendships. Not to mention the once in a lifetime experiences that will have a lasting positive impact. The staff is a culmination of the most uniquely dedicated people we have ever encountered. It`s a staff that makes you feel like you are part of a wonderful family from the minute you drop off your child. I would highly recommend this therapeutic boarding school.
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Moonridge Academy is a magical place. Our daughter and family`s experience was life-changing. They educated, therapeutically-treated and cared for our daughter beyond our expectations. From educators to therapists to front-line staff, they created a safe/homelike environment for the students. Small and specialized, it`s the perfect fit for struggling girls and their families. They helped us find new ways to support our daughter. Our daughter went from a failing, frustrated student to one with straight As and new skills to navigate the hardships of life. I give Moonridge Academy an A+.
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