2015 Graduates: One-Year Follow-up
—From telephone interviews conducted approximately one year following each 2015 graduation.
—Total number of graduates = 48
—Families interviewed = 43
—90% of graduates represented

Attending School


High School-18%






Not in School-6%

Worked Sometime in Last Year

Full Time-36%

Part Time-44%



Family Relations




Don't know-0%

Peer Relations




Don't know-2%

Substance or Alcohol Use or Abuse

No Problem-24%

Some Use-68%


Don't know-0%

Legal Problems

No Problem-94%


Don't know-0%


No Problem-36%



Home Contract

No Problem-35%



General Satisfaction

Good 91%


Bad Decision-0%

We asked parents in retrospect, how they felt about their decision to send a son or daughter to Montana Academy.
We would like to let parents speak for themselves. Rather than showing a sample or selected few of their replies, we have paraphrased all of them below.

Overall, after a year, how do you feel about your decision to send your child to MA?

1) Very good. Very pleased. Best option. MA created a school and not a hospital atmosphere.
2) I think it was a life saver for all and especially him. It was an important time of learning for all the family.
3) It was great and I am glad she went. When we hit a new challenge we go back to MA's model and talk about it in a neutral unemotional way.
4) It was definitely good for her. It helped her grow up and take responsibility for herself and actions.
5) Very, very good. All got what we needed. He is back on the track where we thought he should be.
6) Really good. MA is the best of the best. The goal was to help kids mature and he really took to that.
7) It was great; he probably would have committed suicide if he wasn't sent to MA.
8) A good decision, but cost prohibited. Grandparents covered the expenses. The program was great and expedited healing.
9) Saved his life. So grateful, if not for MA the family would not be where it is today.
10) Great! Just been wonderful. Very grateful.
11) Excellent! So good for him. Sky House was excellent for him.
12) It was the best decision I ever made in my life. It was priceless and saved his life.
13) Saved his life. So grateful, if not for MA the family would not be where it is today.
14) Great! A school that any teenager would benefit from especially those with depression or anxiety.
15) Good. Sometimes I wonder if she learned anything, but I know she did. When she falls down she can get back up using the tools she learned.
16) Good to mixed. Who knows where we would be without it. Great support and tools. Now we need to figure out how to use them.
17) Best decision ever made. Tells people it was the hardest decision to make, but the best. Gave them lots of tools.
18) She had a bad addiction problem and low self-esteem. With the closed environment and therapy she came along way.
19) Great! MA promised to do all they could to help the child to re-engage in maturing, get better at knowing who he is and gain a better self-awareness. They delivered that.
20) The decision was one of the best they ever made in their life. He was able to find out who he was in a safe place.
21) Great! The program was designed for someone like our son. He matured, learned to deal with conflicts, and stick up for himself.
22) The only thing that could have worked for him and the family. He was a text book case for what MA handles.
23) Great! I knew from the beginning I wanted him to go. I knew he would be safe. He did well.
24) Good to mixed. Helped him and kept him in a safe environment. The level of maturity is not what I expected, he is about the same.
25) Good decision. MA opened him up. His therapist and team leader was great for him. He is now very responsible.
26) Mixed decision. Didn't get the results expected. The wheels came off in the transitional housing. I think they should tighten it up.
27) She grew a lot. Her daughter would say it was absolutely needed. She was struggling at home.
28) Good, but very expensive. They learned to manage setbacks.
29) Mixed. I loved MA and so did my son. It was a long haul. No regrets. Nothing but respect. Needs improvement when student has a true addiction.
30) Good. It was right for the parents. Son wouldn't be where he is now if not for MA. Lot's of positives. Addiction piece not given attention it deserves.

1) Good decision. May have saved his life. If he stayed on the path he was on he would not have gone to college and probably not graduated from high school.
2) The decision was very good, amazing experience. The therapy worked for him. MA exceeded our expectations.
3) Best decision ever made. He was at rock bottom. Amazing transformation. He is more communicative, mature and fun to be with.
4) Mixed feelings, directions when leaving were too loosy, goosy. He should have not been left alone. Should have had AA meetings every day and drug testing.
5) Decision was good. The program is good, but the follow up is bad.
6) The decision was good. Best thing we ever did. Wish he could have stayed longer. Still needs some maturing.
7) The decision was good. Best I made in my life. The quality of care, intellectual and social competency is stellar.
8) Good decision, best made in my life. Wish more people could afford it. Got my daughter back and thrilled.
9) Good decision. Looking back, she is doing better than when she went in.
10) The decision was good. I think it was necessary to help her reclaim her life.
11) Best decision ever made. Way beyond good. MA saved his life or gave him the tools he needed to save his life.
12) Good, he was going no where before. It's a pleasure to see he is realistic, self confident and mature.
13) Good, she needed a safe and structured environment while maturing. We couldn't do that at home. The transition program was great. She learned to live alone.
14) The decision was good. I have a lot of faith in her. She broke the habit of doing anything self destructive or with long term consequences.
15) It was a good decision. Once out of wilderness he needed structure and needed to be away from drugs.
16) It was a good decision. I think the family really needed it. It was a safe place to work through issues and connect with peers.
17) A fantastic decision. I feel really fortunate we found MA. What we got from the program is immeasurable.
18) Good decision. Getting away from the high school culture was good. Good therapist and structure. She learned a lot and so did her parents.
19) Good decision. At 13 she was struggling and thought we were going to lose her. She has came a long way in 4 years and MA is a big part of that.
20) The decision was good, she's incredibly mature. Her peers are just hitting the wall and she feels like an outsider. She worries about being with people who are going though what she did a few years ago.
21) It was a good decision and the best we ever made. No doubt it really helped. Don't know where she would be without it.
22) Good decision, couldn't be better. Saved my kids life, prepared her for college, and prepared her to get back into the family. All learned a lot.
23) Excellent decision, a lifesaver. We couldn't do anything with him. Didn't know how to approach it. We love MA.
24) Mixed feelings. She was tanking and there was no alternative. MA helped, but also isolated her. Therapy made her feel if she didn't do well she was bad. Don't regret sending her there.

1) Good decision. It was what she needed and what they needed. She is now wiser about relationships, honest with them and gives feedback.
2) Definitely a good one. One problem was that the student had issues with the therapist. Everything else was good with all the other staff.
3) It was a good one. He needed to be sent to a place like MA to grow up. The structure is solid and mom has no regrets.
4) It was a good one. He was struggling growing up and it provided a safe place for him to grow up in.
5) It was beyond good. Mom was sad she didn’t have her son for 1 ½ years. It was hard, but mom is glad for all the experience.
6) It was a good one. Mom said it is the best school of its type. Her daughter is still struggling to get back to where they were before problems started.
7) It was one of the best they made and the hardest. The program was extremely beneficial for dad and son.
8) MA was completely good. Mom struggles to imagine where her son would be if they hadn’t sent him. It gave him the resilience he needs to deal with college.
9) Mom said the decision to send her son was really, really good and it is good to have him back. He is different, but not brainwashed different, which they were worried about.
10) It was a good one. Their son was in a bad spot and benefited from MA.
11) Putting aside the resentment and time lost with his daughter; dad thinks the decision to send her to MA was a very good one. It was what she needed to get straightened out and on her way again.
12) It was a good decision to send her to MA. Mom said the program was well designed and the staff incredible. Sky House was a crucial part.

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