Learn more about our admission process.

Thank you for your interest in Waterfall Canyon Academy! As you go through the admissions process, we want to make sure you are able to easily access the information you need in order to better understand who we are and who we serve as well as provide you with an outlined list of the information we will require.

The two most important parts of this process for us will be collecting any and all accurate and informative documentation that you have available and discussions with you and the professionals who know your son/daughter best. Gathering of this information is one of the key factors that will allow our team to evaluate the suitability of a referral and make the best decision about placement for everyone.

Student Profile

We have a continuum of care at Waterfall Canyon academy, which is available for all of our students to take advantage of. When determining the best starting point for each student we must evaluate their current treatment requirements, functioning ability, current age, maturity level and family objectives for their future. Please take a moment to review our typical student profile. Many of our students share the same characteristics regardless of what stage of the continuum they are currently on.

Common Characteristics

Please take a moment to review our typical student profile. Many share the characteristics below:

  • Difficulty navigating social situations
  • Lacking social and daily living skills
  • Mild to moderate intellectual disability
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Specific Learning Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Challenges with executive functioning and processing
  • Low self-esteem
  • Behavioral & Emotional Dysregulation
  • Adoption issues
  • Family conflict
Exclusionary Criteria

Please see below for our exclusionary criteria. We are not the best setting if your student has the following characteristics:

  • Limited Mobility (requires assistance)
  • Unable to carry out basic living skills
  • Persistent efforts to run away from placement
  • Malicious behavior with intent to harm others or destroy property
  • Significant sexual issues as a primary treatment objective
  • Non-compliance with medication regime
  • Primary diagnosis of Substance abuse (needs 6 months of sobriety)
  • Extensive criminal offenses
  • Persistent intent to harm oneself
  • Requires a medical model placement
Admissions Process
  • Signed Release and Consent Forms
  • Financial Contract
  • Authorized Credit Card That You Choose
  • A Copy Of The Students Medical & Dental Insurance Cards
  • A Copy of the students most recent School Transcripts
  • A Copy of the Current or Most Recent IEP
  • A Copy of the Most Recent Psychological Evaluation
  • A Copy of the most recent Physical/Medical Examination and Dental Examination
  • A Copy of his/her Immunization Record
  • List of Current Medications, Scripts AND at least Two-Weeks of the Physical Pills he/she is currently taking
  • Original documents of Social Security Card & Birth Certificate
  • Passport (If Student Has One) and/or Picture ID (If Student Already Has One)
  • Funding Reimbursements Form

Student Profile by Program

Take a look at our student profiles for each program below.

 Residential Treatment Program

The age range requirement for all of the RTC programs is 13-19 years old.
Requires a high level of support and supervision

Transitional Living Program

The age range requirement for the Transitional Living program is typically 15-20 years old.
Has made significant improvements understanding that the safety of oneself and others rests in their ability to control behavioral and emotional outbursts in a more appropriate way.
Is ready for and has proved he/she is able to begin integrating into the community more frequently.
Can self-initiate and monitor Personal Daily Living Skills getting completed in an appropriate and timely manner.
Has typically completed a structured program.

Independent Living Program

Minimum 18 years of age.

Typically we do not accept students over 25 years of age.

Has consistently shown the ability to generate and is motivated to have a productive daily schedule.

Is ready and able to begin the search for employment and/or enroll in an appropriate educational setting.

Is motivated to learn, experience, and become comfortable with independence and all that entails.

Support Services

18 years and older.

Has demonstrated stability in employment.

Student of WCA’s Independent Living Program

Has demonstrated the ability to budget for groceries, personal needs, Rent, Utilities, and discretionary spending.

Waterfall Canyon Academy accepts international students. We are authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. The U.S. State Department website gives general information about this process.

Set Up An Assessment Today

Find out which program best suits the needs for you or a loved one.

Call 801-621-3901

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