Boulder Creek Academy Students on Capitol Hill

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Troubled teens find academic and personal success at Boulder Creek Academy and are invited to visit Capitol Hill as part of the Presidential Classroom program.

To see them speaking with senators and representatives and debating with students from across the country was such a wonderful testament to their personal and academic growth.

A number of Boulder Creek Academy students were recognized as outstanding high school students and enjoyed the honor of spending a week in the nation’s capital participating in a Presidential Classroom experience.

“It was absolutely incredible to bear witness to our students during this visit to Washington, D.C. Most of these students, when they enrolled into Boulder Creek Academy, were filled with anxiety about academics and had developed low self-esteem from trying unsuccessfully to fit into traditional classrooms. With our combination of individualized academic remediation, therapeutic learning, and socialization and communication development, they have simply blossomed. To see them speaking with state senators and representatives and debating with students from across the country was such a wonderful testament to their personal and academic growth,” explained Boulder Creek Academy Director of Student Life Lisa Hester, who accompanied the students on the trip along with the academy’s academic director.

Boulder Creek Academy students participated in a series of discussions with influential leaders including Idaho Senator Crapo and other policy makers and debated on topics of prominent importance. In addition, they visited many of our nation’s landmarks including the White House and Supreme Court.

“Today we toured the impressive halls and stunning rooms of the United States Capitol Building. Amazing! The remainder of the day was filled with appointments with four of our state’s representatives. From these appointments, we gathered useful information to use in our upcoming immigration-based debates,” explained one Boulder Creek Academy student.
The Presidential Classroom, a non-profit, non-partisan civic education organization, provides outstanding high school students from the United States and abroad with rigorous educational experiences in Washington, D.C., that prepares them for roles as leaders in public service and private enterprise.

“Presidential Classroom is dedicated to challenging the leaders of tomorrow to learn, understand and take action on the formidable problems that face our nation and our world,” explained Presidential Classroom Executive Director Maria Darie in a quote posted on the organization’s web site.

About Boulder Creek Academy
Boulder Creek Academy is a therapeutic boarding school that features a state-approved special education program. The academy specializes in working with adolescents 13 to 18 years of age who are struggling with academic, processing, social development, mental health and behavioral issues. Students learn to embrace their challenges and to tap into areas of strength. The curriculum integrates academic and therapeutic learning with adventure activities, leadership, and service learning opportunities. The campus is situated on 180-acres at the base of the Cabinet Mountains in northern Idaho. Students are accepted for enrollment year-round. Learn more at or call 877-348-0848.

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