Thursday, April 3, 2014

C is for Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School

Cedar Ridge Academy Private International Therapeutic Boarding School is located in Roosevelt, Utah. We strive to help both boys and girls become better people through therapeutic and academic goals.  For our A to Z Challenge, one of the boys chose to do our letter C for the name of our school.  It is always interesting to hear the students describe what they do everyday.  His post is below. Click on any of the links to the right to learn more about our school and find out how you can become part of our community.

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C is for Cedar Ridge Academy
The schooling is all done online through a program called Edgenuity. We start school at 8:00 then we have lunch from 12:00-1:00. School then continues until 3:00. During school time there are direct instructions with the teachers. This is where you go into the teacher’s classroom and the class is an hour long. The teachers will be talking about the subjects you are learning, and it is a time where you get to work on school work with your peers. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays we have Karate from 11:00-12:00 Tuesday, and Thursdays we have P.E from 10:00-11:00.   

There are currently three homes on campus right now. There is the Redwood, Aspen, and Ombu. The Redwood and Aspen are the boys’ homes and the Ombu is the girls’ home.  The Ombu has some goats and some llamas. The Redwood has goats, a llama, and some chickens. The Redwood and the Ombu both have gardens. This year the Redwood is spending a lot of time in the garden. Here are just some of the things that we will be growing in the Redwood's garden: lettuce, peas, beets, corn, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, and squash.

Karate is taught by Rob and Wes Nelson. During Karate, we focus a lot on respect and having a good attitude as well as a strong, powerful stance.  We show lots of respect to our sensei’s as well as our peers. The people that are in Karate group go to Karate after school on Tuesdays and Thursday from 3:00-4:30. Cedar Ridge also goes to Karate tournaments. The next one that is coming up is in April and it is in Las Vegas. Only the students that would like to go will be going.

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The school on a rainy day
There is also a level system here at Cedar Ridge. When you first get here you start off on level 400. If you are motivated to get your levels and do the work that is required to get them then you will soon get level 500. When you are on 500 you must work on your therapy packet and then you can vote up for level 600. You must make sure that when you vote up you have 7 trigger sheets and your 2 weeks of mindfulness sheets filled out. A trigger sheet is where you write down something that upset you, why it upset you, and why it was hard for you to deal with. Here is an example: “I was triggered with _______ (someone’s name here) when they said I would never be able to do a good job on my project. This was a fear of failure. This was hard for me, because I really want to do well and it also remained me of back home when others would say similar things to me.”  That is some of the things that are on a trigger sheet. A mindfulness sheet is something that you have to get signed off throughout the day when you first get here for 2 weeks to make sure you are being aware of things through the day.

The highest level here is 900. A 900 has the most freedom on campus.  If you are on 900 you can graduate the program if you stay on 900 for 2 months. If you are on 800 you can graduate the program if you stay on 800 for 4 months. At level 700 you can start planning off campus activities to the movies or to the football games, etc. These are just some of the thing that we do here at Cedar Ridge.
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The school, dome, and the cafeteria

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