What's Student Life Like
in Residential Treatment?

"I am not who I want to be, but I am on the journey there,
and thankfully I am not whom I used to be."

Residential Programming for Teens with Anxiety

The community provides a setting where newly learned behaviors are field tested. Recreation, service, and adventure are strategically woven into student life to provide opportunities for social learning and practice.

The therapeutic milieu at WayPoint Academy consists of the following elements: code of conduct, citizenship, community jobs and chores, and community meetings.


Citizenship presents students with guideposts for their individual contributions to a positive, safe environment. The Citizenship System provides each student with the expectations associated with living in a pro-social environment. A merit system allows a student to lose or gain certain privileges, much like a citizenship grade in a traditional high school. Citizenship status at WayPoint isn’t necessarily synonymous with achievement or therapeutic progress. It is simply a tool to recognize and reward pro-social behaviors. Thus, a student who may function at a high level of citizenship may, in fact, be deeply entrenched in the struggles of anxiety and/or depression.

Recreation & Adventure

Our location provides world-class recreation. We host seasonally driven activities like geo-caching, trekking, canyoneering, canoeing, and other activities in spectacular settings. These activities enhance self-confidence and self-esteem, contributing to anxiety relief and identity development.


A core value at WayPoint is the concept that by helping others, we ultimately help ourselves. To reflect this value, our students are given unique opportunities to assist aging veterans and underprivileged children, as well as nurture animals and birds at a local wildlife rescue center. Additionally, students will participate in service projects for the National Forest Service and national parks.

Code of Conduct

Our code of conduct provides students with basic guidelines and expectations of behaviors which contribute to a safe and supportive environment.

Community Jobs & Chores

Community jobs and chores strengthen anxiety coping skills as students practice newly learned behaviors. At WayPoint, students complete jobs and chores that contribute to healthy lifestyles and to the harmonious functioning of the community.

Community Meetings

Community meetings designed to help students learn negotiation skills, despite individual and collective differences.

Virtual Tour of WayPoint Dorms & Facilities

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