Discovery Academy is a behavior modification facility located in Provo, Utah.
It was founded in 1989 and at the present time they are able to detain 77 teenagers at their facility. A new addition to the facility are constructed west of the main campus.
They seem to work closely together with the wilderness program called Redcliff Ascent. They also have connections and internal links to another facility called Discovery Ranch. Discovery Academy is less a lockdown than Discovery Ranch.
The targetgroup is teenager aged between 13 and 18 years of age. The program last between 6 and 18 months.
They used a isolation room called "ISU", but the use of it has been forbidden by the authorities .
In the news
A Orem resident was convicted of attempted rape and written false statement after he had sex with a 16 year old teenager, who was detained at the facility .
They are also mentioned in an article about a boy being held away from his mother by a relative .
They are also a part in a lawsuit brought against them from a mother to a boy, who is claimed to have been sexually assaulted by other detained teenagers .
They have been the target of a lawsuit made by the Disability Law Center .
- 1) program data on NATSAP.
- 2) Tread on a myspace group
- 3) Employee Pleads Guilty to Attempted Rape at Discovery Academy, Daily Herald - Utah, October 9 2002 (Reprint from International Survivor Action Committee)
- 4) Breaking the chains isn’t easy - Keeping teens in line can rattle any family, by Clive McFarlane, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, March 29 - 2006 (Reprint from Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth - CAFETY)
- 5) Mother sues school, says son was assaulted, By Laura Hancock, Deseret Morning News, Published: September 3, 2006
- 6) Suit targets Discovery Academy, Deseret Morning News, July 15 - 2007
- Info pages
- Info: Program homepage
- Info: Reviews from parents
- Info: The great Discovery Academy, a statement made on Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth (CAFETY) from a former detainee
- Info: Discovery Academy left me changed..., another statement made on Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth (CAFETY) from a former detainee
- Survivor groups
- Survivor group: dISCOVERY ACADEMY, Myspace
- Forum: Discovery Academy, a thread on Fornits webforum
- Forum: Discovery Academy - Provo, UT, a thread on Fornits webforum
- Forum: Discovery Academy and Red Cliff Academy, a thread on Fornits webforum
- Forum: Discovery Academy- Utah, a thread on Fornits webforum
- Forum: New List of Reportedly Abusive Programs In Utah, , a thread on Fornits webforum mentioning the facility.
- Forum: Discovery Academy, a thread on Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth (CAFEFY)