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'''Rocky Mountain Academy''' (RMA) was a behavior modification facility official marketed as boarding school for at-risk teens near Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, from 1982 to 2005.
 
'''Rocky Mountain Academy''' (RMA) was a behavior modification facility official marketed as boarding school for at-risk teens near Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, from 1982 to 2005.
  
== History ==
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There is some confusion about the exact location of RMA. Most description claims that it is located near Paradise Valley Road <Ref>[http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=%22paradise+valley%22+sandpoint+idaho&ie=UTF8&ll=48.665075,-116.238742&spn=0.006392,0.014505&t=h&z=16 The location just south of Paradise Valley road]</Ref>.
  
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==History==
 
Rocky Mountain Academy was the second CEDU School founded by Mel Wasserman - an therapeutic program started in the 1960's based loosely on the book The Profit by Khalil Gibran. Mel Wasserman and the CEDU Family of Services are credited with starting this genre of boarding school in the U.S. (called emotional growth or therapeutic boarding schools). Rocky Mountain specialized in "emotional growth" and education for high school aged boys and girls with behavioral and learning issues (as opposed to the more severe psychiatric issues dealt with at other schools).  
 
Rocky Mountain Academy was the second CEDU School founded by Mel Wasserman - an therapeutic program started in the 1960's based loosely on the book The Profit by Khalil Gibran. Mel Wasserman and the CEDU Family of Services are credited with starting this genre of boarding school in the U.S. (called emotional growth or therapeutic boarding schools). Rocky Mountain specialized in "emotional growth" and education for high school aged boys and girls with behavioral and learning issues (as opposed to the more severe psychiatric issues dealt with at other schools).  
  
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The original CEDU school, CEDU High School, was in Running Springs, California. Over the years, several other schools and programs opened in California and Idaho. This included CEDU Middle School (Running Springs, CA), RMA, [[Boulder Creek Academy]] (Bonners Ferry, ID), [[Northwest Academy]] (Bonners Ferry, ID), [[Ascent Wilderness Program]] (Bonners Ferry, ID) and Milestones transition program.  
 
The original CEDU school, CEDU High School, was in Running Springs, California. Over the years, several other schools and programs opened in California and Idaho. This included CEDU Middle School (Running Springs, CA), RMA, [[Boulder Creek Academy]] (Bonners Ferry, ID), [[Northwest Academy]] (Bonners Ferry, ID), [[Ascent Wilderness Program]] (Bonners Ferry, ID) and Milestones transition program.  
  
== Program structure ==
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==Program structure==
 
 
 
The emotional growth program at RMA followed the same design as CEDU High School - detainees progressed through a series of emotional/therapeutic workshops called "Propheets", designed to tackle various emotional issues (such as truth, friendship and childhood). The educational program in effect at Rocky Mountain Academy took 30 months, and there was a graduation every quarter. The detainees who enrolled near the same time were in a "peer group", and the peer groups were numbered.  
 
The emotional growth program at RMA followed the same design as CEDU High School - detainees progressed through a series of emotional/therapeutic workshops called "Propheets", designed to tackle various emotional issues (such as truth, friendship and childhood). The educational program in effect at Rocky Mountain Academy took 30 months, and there was a graduation every quarter. The detainees who enrolled near the same time were in a "peer group", and the peer groups were numbered.  
  
 
Some of the buildings on campus were called Emerson, Walden, Camelot, Murkwood, the house, the old lodge, Denali, field house, and la Mancha.  
 
Some of the buildings on campus were called Emerson, Walden, Camelot, Murkwood, the house, the old lodge, Denali, field house, and la Mancha.  
  
The rules and consequences has served as a rolemodel for later facilities. Among the rules was limited right to visitation by the parents (one visit per month) and never unannounced. The mail from a the detainees was read by CEDU employees, their weekly phone calls to their parents were screened by school officials [1].
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The rules and consequences has served as a rolemodel for later facilities. Among the rules was limited right to visitation by the parents (one visit per month) and never unannounced. The mail from a the detainees was read by CEDU employees, their weekly phone calls to their parents were screened by school officials <Ref>[http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2005/04/cedu_closing_ge.html CEDU Closing: George Locker's Criticisms]</Ref>.  
 
 
=== Former 'Celebrity' students===
 
 
 
Some of the former students in the CEDU programs was children of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Walters Barbara Walters], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Francis Joe Francis] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseanne_Barr Roseanne Barr] [2] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_hilton Paris Hilton] [3].
 
  
== News, articles ==
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===Former 'Celebrity' students===
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Some of the former students in the CEDU programs was children of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Walters Barbara Walters], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Francis Joe Francis] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseanne_Barr Roseanne Barr] <Ref>[http://www.isaccorp.org/cedu/ceduabuse.pdf CEDU Sued for Abuse and Fraud], from [http://www.isaccorp.org International Survivors Action Committee]</Ref> and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_hilton Paris Hilton] <Ref>[http://www.isaccorp.org/cedu/cedu.05.01.04.html Father endures 2-month search for missing son], from [http://www.isaccorp.org International Survivors Action Committee]</Ref>.
  
On July 15, 1994, a boy from Texas named Jon Avila committed suicide in one of the dormitories of lower Camelot, in a room overlooking a pond. The late Mr. Avila hung himself from the sprinkler pipe with a belt [4].7
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==News, articles==
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On July 15, 1994, a boy from Texas named Jon Avila committed suicide in one of the dormitories of lower Camelot, in a room overlooking a pond. The late Mr. Avila hung himself from the sprinkler pipe with a belt <Ref>[http://www.teenliberty.org/RMA.htm Spokesman-Review excerpt], From [http://www.teenliberty.org Teen Liberty]</Ref>.
  
In 1997 there was a riot by the detainees of as sister school in North Idaho, Northwest Academy. Five persons were injured [5].  
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In 1997 there was a riot by the detainees of as sister school in North Idaho, Northwest Academy. Five persons were injured <Ref>[http://cafety.org/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=97 Suits allege suits at two schools], from [http://www.cafety.org Community Alliance for the Fair and Ethical Treatment of Youth]</Ref>
  
In 2002 the facility was forced to pay $300.000 in settlement in a lawsuit to former client due to abuse [6].  
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In 2002 the facility was forced to pay $300.000 in settlement in a lawsuit to former client due to abuse <Ref>[http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4186/is_20050212/ai_n11712885 Rocky Mountain Academy to close]; Inability to find leadership blamed (The Spokesman Review)</Ref>.  
  
=== Closure ===
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===Closure===
  
It closed in early 2005 due to financial problems [7] [8].  
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It closed in early 2005 due to financial problems <Ref>[http://www.strugglingteens.com/news/cedu-rma-closure050210.html CEDU EDUCATION ANNOUNCES CLOSURE OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN ACADEMY], Press Release brought on strugglingteens.com</Ref> <Ref>[http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2005/04/cedu_closing_re.html CEDU Closing: Reaction from Running Springs Area]</Ref>.  
  
 
== Refereces ==
 
== Refereces ==
 
<References />
 
<References />
*1) [http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2005/04/cedu_closing_ge.html CEDU Closing: George Locker's Criticisms]
 
*2) [http://www.isaccorp.org/cedu/ceduabuse.pdf CEDU Sued for Abuse and Fraud], from [http://www.isaccorp.org International Survivors Action Committee]
 
*3) [http://www.isaccorp.org/cedu/cedu.05.01.04.html Father endures 2-month search for missing son], from [http://www.isaccorp.org International Survivors Action Committee]
 
*4) [http://www.teenliberty.org/RMA.htm Spokesman-Review excerpt], From [http://www.teenliberty.org Teen Liberty]
 
*5) [http://cafety.org/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=97 Suits allege suits at two schools], from [http://www.cafety.org Community Alliance for the Fair and Ethical Treatment of Youth]
 
*6) [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4186/is_20050212/ai_n11712885 Rocky Mountain Academy to close]; Inability to find leadership blamed (The Spokesman Review)
 
*7) [http://www.strugglingteens.com/news/cedu-rma-closure050210.html CEDU EDUCATION ANNOUNCES CLOSURE OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN ACADEMY], Press Release brought on strugglingteens.com
 
*8) [http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2005/04/cedu_closing_re.html CEDU Closing: Reaction from Running Springs Area]
 
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
 
 
*Info: [http://www.heal-online.org/cedu.htm HEAL-online on CEDU in general], Northwest Academy is mentioned in the article.
 
*Info: [http://www.heal-online.org/cedu.htm HEAL-online on CEDU in general], Northwest Academy is mentioned in the article.
 
*Survivor group: [http://groups.myspace.com/cedualumni Rocky Mountain Academy alumni], ''Myspace''
 
*Survivor group: [http://groups.myspace.com/cedualumni Rocky Mountain Academy alumni], ''Myspace''

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Rocky Mountain Academy (RMA) was a behavior modification facility official marketed as boarding school for at-risk teens near Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, from 1982 to 2005.

There is some confusion about the exact location of RMA. Most description claims that it is located near Paradise Valley Road [1].

History

Rocky Mountain Academy was the second CEDU School founded by Mel Wasserman - an therapeutic program started in the 1960's based loosely on the book The Profit by Khalil Gibran. Mel Wasserman and the CEDU Family of Services are credited with starting this genre of boarding school in the U.S. (called emotional growth or therapeutic boarding schools). Rocky Mountain specialized in "emotional growth" and education for high school aged boys and girls with behavioral and learning issues (as opposed to the more severe psychiatric issues dealt with at other schools).

In the late 1990's all CEDU schools (including RMA) were sold to the Brown Schools. The Brown Schools filed for bankruptcy in 2005 and abruptly closed all the schools. Other CEDU schools in North Idaho have reopened, but RMA remains closed as of 2007.

The original CEDU school, CEDU High School, was in Running Springs, California. Over the years, several other schools and programs opened in California and Idaho. This included CEDU Middle School (Running Springs, CA), RMA, Boulder Creek Academy (Bonners Ferry, ID), Northwest Academy (Bonners Ferry, ID), Ascent Wilderness Program (Bonners Ferry, ID) and Milestones transition program.

Program structure

The emotional growth program at RMA followed the same design as CEDU High School - detainees progressed through a series of emotional/therapeutic workshops called "Propheets", designed to tackle various emotional issues (such as truth, friendship and childhood). The educational program in effect at Rocky Mountain Academy took 30 months, and there was a graduation every quarter. The detainees who enrolled near the same time were in a "peer group", and the peer groups were numbered.

Some of the buildings on campus were called Emerson, Walden, Camelot, Murkwood, the house, the old lodge, Denali, field house, and la Mancha.

The rules and consequences has served as a rolemodel for later facilities. Among the rules was limited right to visitation by the parents (one visit per month) and never unannounced. The mail from a the detainees was read by CEDU employees, their weekly phone calls to their parents were screened by school officials [2].

Former 'Celebrity' students

Some of the former students in the CEDU programs was children of Barbara Walters, Joe Francis and Roseanne Barr [3] and Paris Hilton [4].

News, articles

On July 15, 1994, a boy from Texas named Jon Avila committed suicide in one of the dormitories of lower Camelot, in a room overlooking a pond. The late Mr. Avila hung himself from the sprinkler pipe with a belt [5].

In 1997 there was a riot by the detainees of as sister school in North Idaho, Northwest Academy. Five persons were injured [6]

In 2002 the facility was forced to pay $300.000 in settlement in a lawsuit to former client due to abuse [7].

Closure

It closed in early 2005 due to financial problems [8] [9].

Refereces

External Links