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New Perspectives - Oct, 1992 Issue 

Mountain House Academy
Bill Mansdoefer, CEO
(916) 235-0162
Mt. Shasta, California

Mountain House Academy (formerly known as Northstar Academy and a division of Mountain House Ministries) is a Christian-oriented, co-educational Special Purpose School designed for the child who has behavioral and emotional problems, but minimum psychological damage. These children seem to respond best in schools that emphasize structure, teach positive relationships, consequences, honesty, hard work and responsibility.

The underlying concept is spiritual. When a Young Person arrives, he/she is taught the difference between religion and true biblical Christianity, helping establish a code of ethics for right and wrong. A Spiritual change from within is the most stable, dramatic change. Behavioral change is an essential goal of the overall program.

The academy accepts students between the ages of 12 and 17. It is certified by the California State Department of Education, can offer a recognized high school diploma, and is a member school of the Association of Christian Schools, International. The program includes a step/level system, parent awareness training, work study, and activities and recreation which are designed to work on the development of social skills and the achievement of behavioral goals.

The program does not accept students with histories of extreme vandalism, extreme violence, fire-setting, mental retardation, psychosis, and/or evidence of current addiction to alcohol or drugs. The average length of stay in the program is 12 to 15 months.

Copyright 1992, Woodbury Reports, Inc. (This article may be reproduced without prior approval if the copyright notice and proper publication and author attribution accompanies the copy.)

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