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Mount Batchelor Academy is placed on 33051 North East Ochoco Highway, Prineville, Oregon 97754 and has rooms for 90 detainees.


It was one of the first facilities Aspen Education opened back in 1987. Linda Houghton, a former CEDU employee, founded the school along with a core group of other former CEDU staff. It uses the Lifestep LGAT process in the programming of the detainees.

They advertised together with CEDU in the start. Lifestep is recognized to be a development of the seminar system used at CEDU.


Level system in the year 2007

Phases Time in Program Focus Communication Skills Groups Lifestep® Program Academics Parental Involvement
Phase I Discovery First Two Months Peer Group Formation

Self-Exploration High Adventure/Physical Fitness

Service Learning
Introduction to Communication Skills Groups The Bridge Lifestep® (at end of Phase I) Outdoor, experiential education

Writing Assignments Receive credit for English, Wilderness/Physical Education, and Environmental Science
Update calls from wilderness instructors

Letters to/from student
Phase II & III Campus Curricula Month 2-16 Develop "tools" to deal with emotional issues in a healthy manner

Healing and strengthening of family relationships

Assume leadership roles

Goal Setting

Community service

Development of Life Plan

Communication Skills Groups twice per week

Peer Group Communication Skills Groups once per week

Four one-day Achievement Seminars
Forever Young Lifestep®

Promise Lifestep®

Venture Lifestep®

LaMancha Lifestep®

Veritas Lifestep®
Each student working at appropriate grade level earning one full credit each 6 month semester

Begin next step planning as age appropriate (i.e. SAT Prep class and test, college essay writing, completion of college essays)

Four one-day Academic Seminars

Vocational Planning Option
Parent Workshops Regional

Parent Support Groups

Update calls from mentor

Letters/phone calls to/from student

Written academic progress reports

Parent involvement in Veritas Lifestep®

College and/or boarding school visits as appropriate
Post-Graduation Up to an additional 6 months Academic work Preparing for the next school/college experience Communication Skills Groups at least once per week Student support in Lifesteps® Continue block style academics

Plan next step including college and/or boarding school visits as appropriate

In the news

On December 16 - 1998, 17 year old Brandon Hoffman died at the facility [2]. In December 2007 a search was conducted for a group of teenagers and staff members, which had been lost on a wilderness trip. They were rescued without injuries [3].


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