Making the Grade

Every student that comes to our program has different academic needs. The reason that Northwoods is considered a quality, individualized educational opportunity is, in part, how we address these different needs. Northwoods provides a variety of educational options to suit each students and families needs.

With students ranging from 8th grade to the 12th grade, the academic opportunities need to be flexible and diverse. In the first phase of our program, student live at our Bonners Ferry campus and are enrolled into the Forrest Bird Charter School in Sandpoint, Idaho and Forrest Bird’s K-12 online classes to meet their needs. In the second phase of our program, our students travel to Costa Rica where they continue their online studies. In both Bonners Ferry and Costa Rica we have a state-certified teacher who runs the classroom and oversees our boys’ education. In the third phase, if they are ready some of our students may attend Forrest Bird Charter School as an on campus student. Because so much of our students’ coursework is done online, we require our students to have their own PC laptop.

These classes can be paced to meet the skill level of the student taking them. Instruction is provided and the students work with their teacher to set the pace for each class they take.

For the students at our Sagle campus there is an opportunity of attending the public charter school. The advantages of this are many. First the student is in a small school, 200 students, so the students don’t get lost in the system. Second it is a valuable piece in the reintegration process, allowing the young men to practice their skills in a public setting that is still controlled. The small school setting allows the students to get help and assists them in establishing a successful foothold on the academic and social portion of their transition.

Whether it is the self paced classes or the small public high school Northwoods has opportunities to fit a students individual academic needs. For Northwoods students, the classroom can truly be wherever they are.