Open-air classroom at Muir Wood

Academic Services

In addition to the behavioral well-being of teens, we look to ensure that the residents at Muir Wood receive strong academic support and enrichment to help them prepare for their future. The on-site Muir Wood Learning Center is a year-round supplemental education program (multi-course) that teens attend Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Learning Center is comprised of Masters-level, state of California credentialed teachers and academic tutors.

An Accredited Supplemental Education Program

The Learning Center is a recognized California supplemental education program for grades 7 to 12, including for physical education. We are also one of the only treatment centers nationally with an academic program that is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), with full accreditation. Full accreditation with WASC signifies that the Muir Wood Learning Center (1) must be worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high-quality learning and (2) clearly demonstrate continual self-improvement. An accredited school is focused on a mission and goals for students; it is student-oriented and examines its students’ performance continuously; it accepts objective evaluation from a team of outside peer professionals trained by ACS WASC; it maintains a qualified faculty within an effectively organized school, and it collaboratively assesses the quality of its educational programs on a regular basis.

Academic Options

Home School Collaboration

One option is for your child’s school of record to provide independent study work while they are with us. This option ensures a smooth transition back to the teen’s ‘home school’ upon discharge from Muir Wood. It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to coordinate an independent study program with the school of record. Once our teachers have authorization from the parents/guardians to communicate with the home school, our teacher can help facilitate the transfer of schoolwork and support your child’s academic achievement. Parents often act as a liaison between the Muir Wood Learning Center, our teachers, and their teen’s home school. We also encourage parents to bring any of their child’s textbooks with them at the time of admission to our program.

Accredited Online Learning Program

A second option to keep teens on their academic track while at Muir Wood, is to enroll them in an accredited online learning program. Our teachers, along with your child’s school of record, can collaborate in selecting an appropriate, and most advantageous coursework, to help ensure that they are academically productive while in residence at Muir Wood. Typically, it is our teachers’ recommendations that parents/guardians enroll their child in one course at a time to ensure that they are successful with this method of learning before taking on additional classes. It also allows the teens to focus on the primary reason why they admitted to Muir Wood, the treatment and healing of behavioral health and/or substance abuse issues.

Muir Wood Learning Center Objectives

Our objective is to provide a safe and supportive learning environment where your child has the opportunity to be academically engaged and productive. Supervised access to computers and the internet is intended for academic work only, and available only during class hours. Each week our teachers email parents a Weekly Academic Report that summarizes your child’s use of class time for the prior week. Upon arrival at Muir Wood, your child will be given a casework binder with therapeutic assignments to be completed during their residency at Muir Wood. The assignment in the therapy binder may be worked on in class, in addition to their assigned schoolwork.

WASC Acreditation and Alliance

Accrediting Commision for Schools

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), a world-renowned accrediting association and one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States, works closely with the Office of Overseas Schools under the U.S. Department of State. ACS WASC provides assistance to schools worldwide, primarily in California, Hawaii, Guam, Asia, the Pacific Region, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

The Muir Wood Learning Center is comprised of masters-level, state of California, multiple-subject and single-subject credentialed teachers and tutors. While teens are in treatment at Muir Wood, they attend the WASC-accredited academic program at the Learning Center for a minimum of three hours per day, Monday through Friday, to help ensure that they remain current in their studies while simultaneously going through Muir Wood’s comprehensive treatment program.

Accreditation from WASC is a milestone for our organization. We have always strived to go above and beyond for the teens and families we serve at Muir Wood. Our organization is not only accredited by WASC, but our clinical program is also accredited by the Joint Commission, licensed by both DHCS and DSS in the State of California, and in-network with most major large insurance providers. Our goal has always been to make exceptional care accessible.”
– Scott Sowle, Muir Wood Founder and CEO

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