Mount Bachelor Academy
The average length of a stay was 14 to 16 months. The target group was youth between 14 and 18 years of age 
The original founder is Linda Houghton, who together with a group of other former CEDU employees (Steve Houghton, Bill Hoffman, and Greg Andrick, and several others,) oversaw the beginning of the school, which is essentially a clone of the CEDU model, with a few differences, to be sure  ..
They advertised together with CEDU in the start. Lifestep is recognized to be a development of the seminar system used at CEDU.
The facility used a level system combined with individual bans and chores to achieve behavior modification. The 2007 version of the levels and seminar plans looked like this:
|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
|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
|Communication Skills Groups twice per week
Peer Group Communication Skills Groups once per week
Four one-day Achievement Seminars
|Forever Young 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
The school was an accredited member of the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools and the NAAS (Northwest Association of Accredited Schools). The school had "non-public school" status with the State Department of Education in Oregon and New Jersey. There were 12 detainees or less in each class 
The relatives of a former detainee have decided to create their own detention camp .
As many other private schools they are often mentioned in battles between parents and school district when the two parties can not agree on whether the school district has a better option than the private solution . On the internet one of these case tells the story about persons seems to have several interests to serve in these cases .
In the news
In March 1998 four ex-employees and two parents alleged that high-risk students of a private academy were deprived of sleep, subjected to obscenity-laced tirades and forced to work in near-freezing temperatures overnight.
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 
A comment made in relationship with an article about the H.R. 5876, The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008 (Now H.R. 6358) a mother made the follow statement on WashingtonWatch.com 
I have a daughter in Mount Bachelor Academy in Oregon. I heard from her when she was able to sneak an unmonitored phone call out. She is kept up for days at a time for deprogramming sessions. She looks horrible. I made a suprise visit there and saw for myself zombie-like teens who were in terror of the staffers. She told me they were doped up by the staff. I was told to leave the property although I had traveled for 2 days to check on her. They use cultlike tactics here. These schools need to be shut down as I believe they are operating under false premises. I cannot sleep at night as I remember the sad, fearful looks of the kids as I drove away.I came away with sense that this is nothing more than a prison camp for kids. Even parents cannot talk freely to their kids. Her father put her here. I do not believe there will be a breakthrough in these places without media exposure. And this is America 2008.
On November 3, 2009, the Oregon Department of Human Services has temporarily closed Mount Bachelor Academy due to nine cases of substantiated child abuse . It was rumored that Aspen had abandoned MBA as a result .
On November 9, 2009 the permanent closure was confirmed in the media 
On November 15, 2009 the Bend Bulletin described the long history of the facilty and it's association with the therapy advocated by the founders of Synanon,that originated at the Southern California school called CEDU . Three educational consultants, including a former CEDU staff member, said the school’s founder, Mel Wasserman, drew from Synanon’s ideas when he started the school.
- Info: Program homepage
- Info: EX-EMPLOYEES, PARENTS SAY TEENS MISTREATED AT PRIVATE ACADEMY, The Columbian, Marts 19 1998.
- Info: Therapeutic Schools News: A Documentary and Two Sites New to Me, comment made to an article, I Speak of Dreams blog
- Info: A Brief Look Inside MBA: Day 1A, youtube video
- Info: Parents seek fast-tracked public funds for rape-reeducation camp, By Lindsay Beyerstein, Majikthise, April 17 2009
- Info: Does This Look Like Mental Health Counseling To You?, by Megan, Jezebel, April 17 2009
- Info: Mount Bachelor, testimony in the Strawberrytech mama blog
- Info: ‘Therapeutic’ Boarding School Relies on Humiliating Role Playing Exercises, by Hannah Tennant-Moore, Babble, April 20, 2009
- Forum: Mount Bachelor Academy Parent Guide Installment 1, a thread on Fornits webforum
- Forum: Fornits - Aspen Group
- Forum: Aspen Education Group Programs - subforum on the message board of Fight Institutional Child Abuse Network (FICAN)
- Forum: Aspen - subforum on the message board of Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth (CAFETY)
- Forum: WWASP and Aspen closures, a thread on the message board of National Youth Rights Association
- Forum: Mount Bachelor Academy Shut Down, a thread on Fornits webforum
- The facility on Google Maps
- Datasheet at NATSAP
- Fact Sheet, homepage of the program
- Mount Bachelor Academy's Own Version of It's History, a thread on Fornits webforum
- Ever unconventional, long controversial, By Keith Chu, The Bend Bulletin, November 15, 2009
- Phase Two: Family Creates Safe Place to Overcome Addiction, by Melissa Wollering, NBC-15
- Forest Grove asks U.S. Supreme Court to settle special education case, by Corey Paul, special to The Oregonian, Monday September 15, 2008, 10:26 PM
- FINAL ORDER, J.J. & West Linn-Wilsonville S.D.
- EX-EMPLOYEES, PARENTS SAY TEENS MISTREATED AT PRIVATE ACADEMY, The Columbian, March 19 1998
- Thread about deaths on myspace
- Crook County Sheriff Case # 982737
- Overdue boarding school group found safe, well, By Barney Lerten, KTVZ Central Oregon, December 13 - 2007.
- H.R. 5876, The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008, comments
- An Oregon School for Troubled Teens Is Under Scrutiny, by Maia Szalavitz, Time Magazine, April 17, 2009
- Mount Bachelor Academy Ordered to Temporarily Close, By Rachel Azevedo, KOHD news, November 3, 2009
- Leaked information from MBA Parent Listserv, a thread on Fornits webforum
- Mount Bachelor Academy in Prineville to close by Dec. 9, By Amy Hsuan, The Oregonian, November 9, 2009