The Phoenix Academy

The Phoenix Academy

The Phoenix Academy

The Phoenix Academy at Southern Peaks Regional Treatment Center is a private facility school licensed by the Colorado Department of Education offering educational and vocational services for students who have experienced significant difficulty functioning in their homes, communities, and schools.


The Phoenix Academy at Southern Peaks RTC offers specialized treatment options for youth with histories of:

  • Behavioral disorders
  • Mental health and emotional disorders
  • Sexually abusive behaviors
  • Sexual exploitation and victimization
  • Substance abuse
  • Educational problems

Southern Peaks utilizes evidence-based practices to foster personal growth and build the life skills and competencies necessary for individuals to become responsible and productive members of society. We provide a continuum of quality services in safe, culturally competent, and gender appropriate environments. Our therapeutic and educational services are strength-based, client-centered, family-oriented, and trauma-focused.

The Phoenix Academy strives to assist students in addressing behavioral, and academic issues that prevent them from being successful in the traditional classroom setting. The goal of our educational program is to help students develop the skills necessary to be successfully reintegrated into a mainstream educational environment and to be restored to a productive, contributive, and healthy lifestyle.

Key Features

  • Year-round services for males and females, ages 10-21.
  • Core academic courses, elective classes, and vocational programs.
  • Average class size: 8 students to 1 teacher.
  • Paraprofessionals or educational support staff in each classroom.
  • Certified Special Education teachers for students with IEPs.
  • Interface with home school districts to meet each student’s individualized curriculum requirements.
  • Transferable credits or ability to earn HS diploma.
  • GED preparation and testing.
  • Job skills training, including internships with local businesses.
  • College coursework through local community college online correspondence courses.

The Transition/Vocation Program

The Transition/Vocation (TV) Program at Southern Peaks is designed to provide targeted academic and life skills training to youth who are seniors in high school and approaching graduation, or who are 17 years of age and wish to pursue the GED. Younger students may be considered on a case-by-case basis. The TV program provides specific training in culinary arts, horticulture, and computer literacy. Academics are individualized to the credit needs of each youth to assist in progressing in the most efficient fashion toward graduation. The TV program also provides the opportunity for credit recovery for youth seeking a diploma. For youth seeking the GED, preparation training and pre-tests are provided, and GED tests are given at SPRTC. Instruction is supported by two teachers, but youth must be able to work independently and be self-motivated to progress toward their designated goal. For this reason, academic pre-requisites have been set for program entry.

Youth in the TV program also have the opportunity to improve on career readiness through specific job skill training and internships (on or off grounds). Youth must exhibit a certain level of responsibility and readiness to be considered for an internship. SPRTC provides transportation to and from any job training activities. Youth in the TV program attend college walk-throughs and visit various organizations to learn about career opportunities. The program also supports representatives from various career fields coming to the facility to help introduce youth to employment options. Youth in the TV program are provided with a substantial amount of exposure to life and job skills. However, these activities also expose youth to risks, such as being in the community or off-grounds, and being around objects/tools that could be harmful if used inappropriately. For this reason, youth must demonstrate safe and appropriate behaviors in order to enter the program and in order to remain in the program. Youth struggling with this requirement may be placed on academic probation, and they could be removed from the program if deemed necessary by the Education Director.