Teens at Muir Wood enjoy game night

Academic Excellence at Muir Wood

The Muir Wood Learning Center

Muir Wood’s Learning Center is a recognized California supplemental education program for grades 7 to 12, including for physical education. Muir Wood is one of the only residential treatment centers nationally with an academic program that is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). 

Collaboration with Each Student’s “Home School”

When teens first come to Muir Wood, Tammy and her team reach out to each teen’s “home school” (the school they were attending just prior to admitting to Muir Wood) in an effort to work collaboratively. Typically, this is the best choice for handling the academic component while at Muir Wood. It allows for a seamless transition when the resident discharges from Muir Wood and returns home, as the student will have been working on the same material as his peers from his home school while in treatment. Tammy communicates weekly with the students’ home schools to obtain assignments by scanning and emailing documents back and forth as needed, or will meet weekly with parents on campus to coordinate.

Distance Learning and/or Online Schooling

Teens at Muir Wood can take online courses while at Muir Wood through a number of fully accredited programs such as Brigham Young Online High School, Laurel Springs Online School, and others. Muir Wood Learning Center’s computer lab is fully equipped to allow residents to work on online courses during school hours with the help of Tammy and academic tutors. These online programs will provide a transcript upon completion. Students have one year to complete the online semester course, and thus have the opportunity to work on courses at their pace and complete the courses following discharge from Muir Wood if needed.