Academic & Community Programs

McKenna House students benefit from:

  • Support to achieve academic and personal goalsIMG_8027
  • Living environments conducive for learning and exploring
  • Ongoing mentoring and guidance

McKenna House has been specifically designed to help young adults achieve their personal academic goals, whether completing a high school education, attending a local college or vocational school, taking college-level courses online or working toward a GED, all personalized academic paths are offered in-house support or private tutoring.  McKenna House also recognizes that academics alone do not fully satisfy the intellectual and emotional needs of young adults; we also emphasize and offer substantial opportunities to participate in community programs in the arts, music and theater.

Together, we will design a personalized, unique and academic living plan that will take into consideration an individual’s own learning style and long-term goals and interests.


Academic Options

High School and GED

In order to obtain their high school diploma students have a number of options to choose from: working with their high school back home or through fully accredited online high schools, such as ID Virtual Academy, iSucceed Virtual High SchoolUniversity of Nebraska Independent Study High School, and Laurel Springs School. The opportunity to obtain a GED is also available, as well as onsite or private tutoring. Please contact us to discuss what is the best option for you or your McKenna House student.


CollegeNIC Campus

If starting or continuing college is the goal, students have plenty of choices. Our staff will work with each student to
help them explore appropriate courses and academic options suited just for them. Home Community students have the opportunity of applying to and attending several local colleges and universities, or choosing an accredited, online, independent study program through the university of their choice. Students moving onto the Independent Living Community may consider applying and enrolling at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, ID, numerous well known colleges in Spokane, WA, like Gonzaga University or exploring other university locations best suited for their particular interest and major.

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Community and Vocational

Some students may feel the desire to explore alternative choices for their education and careers. For these individuals, we will work to help match a young adult with a path that may include a passion or interest, such as culinary, music or theater, or help to guide them in a new direction of exploring a newfound interest!  Job shadowing, community service and volunteering opportunities abound within the community. Contact us today for more details on vocational and alternative education opportunities.


Extracurricular Activities


Sandpoint offers an array of musical options for McKenna House young adults, including private instrumental music lessons, small ensemble playing and solo, duo and trio singing. The Music Conservatory of Sandpoint offers a multitude of private classes in piano, voice, flute, recorder, violin, cello, oboe, guitar, trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba (all brass) and drums (drum set, hand drumming, auxiliary percussion), as well as a number of group lessons.


Visual Arts

Sandpoint is known for its thriving arts community. A variety of local Artists and local Art Studios offer a multitude of visual art classes in nearly every medium: drawing, painting, digital photography and animation, ceramics, sculpture, pottery, mosaics, fibers and weaving, stained glass and much more.


Theater Arts

Theater Arts is an integral part of Sandpoint and a number of options are available for our young adults, including The Music Conservatory of Sandpoint’s musical theater class. This course focuses on character development, scene selection and preparation of a small scale in-house performance. The Conservatory also offers an Introduction to Drama class.


Sports and Exercise

Sandpoint boasts a wealth of sporting activities available to our young adults. With a number of health clubs and sports fields within walking or biking distance of the houses, it’s easy to participate in sports, including softball, baseball, basketball, archery, volleyball, bowling,  lacrosse, Taekwondo and Karate, only to name a few. Classes in ballet, yoga, aerobics, Pilates, strength training, Zumba, ballroom and jazz dancing are all available.


Outdoor Activities 

The Sandpoint community is also nationally known for its abundance of outdoor activities. One only needs to walk out the door to experience the beauty of Sandpoint. During the summer, McKenna House students can take sailing or windsurfing lessons on stunning Lake Pend Oreille, ride mountain bikes or kayak and raft the surrounding waterways. In the winter, a short bus ride up the mountain one will find Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort and enjoy a full day of downhill or cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. There is never a shortage of activities for the outdoor adventure enthusiast.