West Ridge Academy Philosophy 

We believe that happiness is the product of a shared experience. Joy and happiness do not come in isolation. It is in sharing the good in life that we find meaning. Connections with family, good friends and a higher power help form the foundation for a fulfilling life. Here at West Ridge Academy, we strive to help our students find these connections and seek out meaningful relationships with their higher power as they define. This connection has proven to be life-changing for the students we serve.

Spirituality is one of our Foundational Principles

A connection with Deity can change the life of a troubled soul. God, however understood by our students, motivates them to be better, to love deeper, and to appreciate more. On Sundays there is an opportunity for students to attend a church service or group Bible studies. Sundays are used as a day of rest. Students do many different things: study, write letters, play board games, read, watch inspirational movies, etc. Sunday ends with a non-denominational devotional that all the students attend with either their families or home staff.

Sunday Night Devotionals

Once a month, West Ridge Academy holds a non-denominational devotional on Sunday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The devotionals are hosted by our staff and cover a variety of topics. Speakers and presenters as well as musical groups from the community provide an uplifting opportunity for students and their families to enjoy the environment of an uplifting program.

Unless previously arranged with a student’s therapist, every student is expected to attend the monthly Sunday evening devotional. If a student is on a home visit, we expect the student to return in time to attend the devotional. Once initial contact with a student has been made and your therapist has given approval, parents and family members are invited and encouraged to attend these devotionals. This is a valuable opportunity for parents to spend time with their children and encourage them in their spiritual development.

Occasionally, due to holidays throughout the year, a Sunday evening devotional is cancelled. Typically, if there is a reserved holiday on Monday, there will not be a devotional held the night before. If you have questions about a particular devotional and whether or not it will be held, please contact your child’s therapist or the main receptionist.