Admission FAQ

What is the admissions process?

Enrolling in Bridges Academy is easy! The first step is to sign-up for a Parent Portal account. Next, simply fill out the online “Adolescent Application”, complete all steps and submit. This electronic application will provide us with an opportunity to learn more about your son’s current emotional, academic and behavioral needs and help us determine his appropriateness for the program.

Does my son have to complete a wilderness therapy program prior to enrolling in Bridges Academy?

Bridges Academy does not require students to complete an outdoor wilderness therapy program before enrolling. However, if the applicant has a history of significant drug use, running away, or physical aggressiveness, it may be a requirement as a condition of the student’s enrollment. We do however, recommend that every student participate in this form of intervention, as it helps the student with the “buy-in” to residential therapy.

Does Bridges Academy accept adjudicated youths?

While some of our students may be in minor legal trouble, usually for petty crimes such as theft, possession, vandalism, etc., it is our policy NOT to accept students that have a history of more significant crimes and have been sentenced, as a diversion to attend a program such as Bridges Academy.

Where do Bridges Academy students come from?

While most of our students come from the upper Northwest and West Coast, we have had students enroll from all over the United States and as far away as Canada. Bridges Academy is also approved and certified through the Student and Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) to accept International students.

How much is the tuition?

The monthly tuition is $6,400.00, which includes the associated costs of providing continuous care, counseling and instructional services. There is also a $2,000 enrollment fee.

Can the tuition be covered through my health insurance?

The entire Bridges Academy experience is considered to be therapeutic in nature because there are many ways in which we provide insight and assist a student to make progress. These methods include structured, community living, a positive peer environment, individual and group counseling, family therapy and workshops. This approach is impossible to break apart into segregated areas of what can be deemed as therapeutic, thus your health insurance, in most instances will not cover the cost of tuition. Insurance benefits do vary and we advise you to contact your individual carrier or agent for clarification.

What financial aid is available?

We realize the costs of specialized education are a significant financial commitment and may be challenging for some families. Our knowledgeable Admissions staff can assist you in exploring the options available to you. For more information, call toll-free (888) 283-7362.

Bridges Academy · 1-888-283-7362 · 67030 Gist Road, Bend, Oregon 97701 · Email: info@bridgesboysacademy.com

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