Copper Canyon Academy for Girls Announces Opening of Middle School

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Therapeutic boarding school will now focus on skill-building and renewing family relationships for seventh and eighth graders with self-esteem, behavioral, social or emotional issues

Copper Canyon Academy, Rimrock, AZ

By intervening at an earlier age, we can help stave off some of the issues and problems that many girls experience as they go through adolescence.

Copper Canyon Academy, a private therapeutic boarding school for girls, today announced that it will open a new middle school on its campus beginning August 1st. The new school will serve grades seven and eight and complement Copper Canyon Academy’s existing accredited high school for grades 9-12.

“We are very excited to open the new middle school and provide another option for families to help their daughters who may be struggling with self-esteem, behavioral, social or emotional issues,” said Paul Taylor, Executive Director of Copper Canyon Academy (CCA). “By intervening at an earlier age, we can help stave off some of the issues and problems that many girls experience as they go through adolescence.”

The middle school will be based on the “Stages of Change” model with emphases on skill-building, mentorship, and group process. Students will focus on coping skills, problem-solving, social competence, personal responsibility, and family relationships. In the program’s nurturing, family-like setting, students will receive highly individualized classroom instruction and learning support with a focus on becoming lifelong learners.

While the middle school students will be separated from the older high school girls to allow for specialized attention, they will still have the unique opportunity to obtain a head-start on earning high school credits in disciplines such as mathematics and foreign language through Copper Canyon’s fully accredited high school curriculum.

Students also will have access to a team of specialized clinicians, consulting psychiatrist, nutrition specialist and learning specialist, as well as advanced Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) therapy, riding lessons, a wellness program, visual and performing arts, and recreational athletics.

Specialized family workshops that focus on the reintegration with the family also will be offered. Length of stay is variable and individualized with a projected average of 12-14 months.

Maryanne McKowen, M.A., will be the Primary Therapist for the middle school girls, having been the “go-to” specialist for Copper Canyon high school’s youngest students. Maryanne is a licensed Marriage and Family Child Therapist. Barb Lasinski, M.A., will be the Resource Specialist providing educational guidance for the girls. Barb has taught all grade levels, from first to twelfth, with an emphasis on individualized instruction, and received training on the Montessori method’s “hands-on” approach to learning.

The school is actively accepting applications. For more information, contact Paul Ravenscraft, pravenscraft(at)coppercanyonacademy(dot)com, 877-617-1222 (ext. 108). Or visit


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