Summit Prep

Today, we are sharing some recent news from another program! We’ve worked with them, and love hearing about the happenings at Summit Preparatory School.


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 Transforming Lives for 10 Years!



Summit Prep Celebrates 10 Years

Summit Prep School began with a conversation between two college roommates about how they wanted to someday open a school that would make a difference in the lives of struggling youth. In 2003 that dream became a reality when Summit Prep enrolled its first student. Over the past ten years Summit has grown into a well established therapeutic boarding school that has provided the tools for hundreds of students to successfully navigate through adolescence and who now are living healthy productive lives. Recently the Kalispell newspaper spotlighted Summit Prep in honor of this 10th year anniversary. 


 Here is the link to that article.


Summit Prep Welcomes Jo-Lynn Park
to Girls Neon


Summit Prep is pleased to introduce Jo-Lynn Park, Girls’ Neon Therapist. Jo-Lynn’s experiential and clinical background is an exciting expansion of the Summit Prep clinical team. In addition to her most recent employment at the Women’s Wilderness Institute where she worked with female combat veterans with trauma issues, she has worked at Outward Bound as an instructor and course director. Her areas of expertise are nutrition, DBT, equine therapy, mindfulness, and attachment based therapy. Jo-Lynn will complete her 2 year long training in Hakomi this May. Sita, JoLynn’s dog, is on our Canine Therapy Team.


To learn more about Summit’s entire clinical team, click here.

To learn more about our Girls’ programming click here.



It’s All in the Blog

Have you had a change to connect with our weekly blog? This project was initiated in response to parents wanting more ideas on transition, mental health topics and other general information. This weekly Blog is written by staff members from our therapeutic, academics, residential and administration departments. We will also be featuring parent and student blog submissions. We are always looking for new topics to post so please let us know if you have any ideas. One of the recent blogs, written by Rick Johnson, Summit co-founder, shared his account of Summit’s inception. When you have the opportunity, please check it out and then follow us for regular posts.

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 Admissions Team Expands     

The next time you call the Summit Prep Admissions Office, Christine Hurst LCSW may be the person who answers the phone. Christine has returned to Summit as a part-time Admissions Counselor, teaming up with Admission’s Director Judy Heleva, M.A. Christine has an impressive clinical background: she is certified as a parent coach, has her own private practice, and knows Summit Prep quite well as she was a team therapist at Summit for four years. Her thorough understanding of the program is especially helpful when talking with families and consultants. Her clinical knowledge has already proven to be an asset in discussions about prospective students with therapists and while reviewing testing. To learn more about Christine and our Admissions Team follow this link.

  Admissions Team


Fitness is Year-round Priorty at Summit

Physical activity is a primary focus at Summit Prep. Our students regularly swim in the pool, ride bikes, run the loop and countless other activities.  Many of our students are involved in clubs such as Crossfit, mountain biking, dance, and climbing. This past summer, six students and two staff members decided to combine three of these activities and participate in an area triathlon. The triathlon consisted of a ½ mile swim, 12.7 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. It was a great day, with many participants, and the students were proud of their accomplishment. Zoe took third in her age group and commented, “It was a lot of work, but I am glad that I did it.” 

This fall our entire community participated in The Fall Fitness Challenge. Each week of fall block, students and staff were asked to log their fitness hours. In addition, healthy eating topics were presented so that student and staff could learn and evaluate their personal eating habits. During the winter months our students were busy with basketball, skiing and snowboarding. In February all of our students participated in a wide-array of dynamic challenge trips. One of the teams had the opportunity to dog sled. 

Dog Sledding

Summit Prep Highlights
  • Non-Profit
  • California NPS status
  • Flexible Payment Plans
  • Professional Staff
  • College Prep  
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Indoor Pool
  • Weight Training
  • Competitive Sports
  • Arts Program

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