Pursuing residential treatment does not have to mean falling further behind in school. Because many activities and programs qualify for school credit (including parts of substance abuse treatment activities), residents can maintain or catch up in their academics faster than in regular school.

Sinpaqcheen School is where youth can catch up or advance in middle and high school education.


School Credits On Campus

The Sinpaqcheen School at The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations is a state-authorized Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) program. They provide each youth one or more hours per day, five days a week, of supervised academic instruction by a certified teacher. The school offers assignments consistent with the youth's individualized Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP). The student and accredited instructor collaboratively develop a WSLP based on transcript evaluations and the resident's academic goals.

Sinpaqcheen School will meet youth where they are academically and follow any provided IEP/504 Plan accommodations. Our school offers courses in middle and high school core academics, fine art, physical education, and Native American Studies.


Our Podcasting project to build the next generation of media creators is an exciting addition to our education program. Our lessons and activities provide a strong foundation of storytelling and journalism skills to help students gain confidence, find their voice, and discover their place in the world. Additionally, our lead instructor is teaching radio theatre and all parts of the editing process. Residents can leave understanding the creation of a podcast from concept to final edit.

GED Testing and Beyond

In addition to our traditional class offerings, the school offers GED prep and testing for qualified youth. Some additional services include community service hours and food handler permits for Washington State. Positive achievements in education and treatment put adolescents on the path to obtaining postsecondary education or training. Healing Lodge residents can explore college or vocational training opportunities and work with their aftercare specialists, who help them understand and navigate adult systems.


Dedicated residents can earn 2 to 4 credits while in treatment—sometimes up to 6.