NorthStar Academy
Charting a Clear Course for Teens & Their Families

NorthStar Academy

Charting a Clear Course for Teens and Their Families


If your teenager is struggling in a public, private, or parochial school setting because of a mental health, substance use or other behavioral health problem,

NorthStar Academy may be ideal for them.

At NorthStar Academy we hold the hope and belief that all adolescents have the ability to thrive. We believe that given an appropriate, caring and effective continuum of treatment that includes both the teen and their family, we can together foster the development of self-sufficient, contributing and happy teenagers.

Our goal is to promote positive change in your teenager and family.


Alumni Testimonials

  • I am very proud of my work in the program to get over my anxiety, and successfully transitioning back into school--and I think my volunteering after graduating shows the positive connections I made at NorthStar.
    — NorthStar Alum, 16
  • We have experienced tremendous growth, both in our child and as a family. After three tumultuous years of failed treatment efforts in individual, group, and partial hospital programs, this is the first time that our teen has truly engaged and grown, and we as a family have begun to heal.
    — Parents of NorthStar Alum
  • NorthStar treated our entire family with love and respect. It was a real comfort after the cold, clinical and confusing experience of hospitals and institutional PHPs.
    — Mom of NorthStar Alum
  • The person I was a year ago and the person I am today are two completely different people, and I owe that to Northstar. I owe my life to those people-the people who never for a second gave up on me, who never let me give up on myself, and I will never forget that.
    — NorthStar Alum, 17

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12300 Twinbrook Parkway, Ste. 250 Rockville, MD 20852

Serving the District of Columbia; Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia as Well as Central Maryland to Baltimore City/County

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Our Program



Therapeutic Activities

All of our students are assigned a Master's level Primary Therapist who meets with each student on their caseload both individually and in primary group. The therapist is an active part of the NorthStar community and is accessible to the student.

Education @ Northstar Academy

NorthStar Academy seeks to foster the academic success of every student we serve by providing the supplemental resources necessary to allow them to maintain themselves within the curriculum of their home school or APEX Learning while attending the NorthStar program. 


The NorthStar Student

NorthStar students generally are teenagers who have attended wilderness/residential or short-term hospital stay treatment programs OR students who are struggling either at home, in school and/or with peers.                                                                                     

Day Treatment Program (PHP)

Northstar offers a day treatment program in a warm and supportive environment. At this level of care, students reside in their home while attending our full-day treatment program.

After School Program (IOP)

NorthStar’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) offers 3-4 hours of treatment four afternoons a week, by a team of highly trained therapists. Students receive individual, as well as group, therapy.


Our Approach


Promoting Change

Guided by positive youth development and peer leadership perspectives.


Adolescent Therapeutic community

Harnessing the positive power of the peer group to create and maintain a therapeutic environment.

Positive Youth Development

Understanding, educating and engaging teens in productive activities.                                                                                                          

Evidence-Based Treatment

NorthStar Academy incorporates evidence-based strategies and therapies throughout our program.                                             


About Us

Our Staff

Our well-trained and supervised staff are here to help your teen grow.

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Talk to a member of our caring staff to learn more about our programs.