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Earn College Credits at Open Sky and Reimburse a Portion of Program Expenses Using College Savings


Earn College Credits at Open Sky and Reimburse a Portion of Program Expenses Using College Savings

Earn College Credits at Open Sky and Reimburse a Portion of Program Expenses Using College Savings


When registered for a minimum of three credit hours in the approved courses, families can use funds from 529 plans and AmeriCorps vouchers to pay for a portion of treatment at Open Sky and for Western Colorado University course credits. 


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Earn College Credits at Open Sky

The complexities of being a young person today are unprecedented. The increased prevalence of online learning and isolation has given rise to a variety of mental health challenges—such as anxiety, depression, grief, and loss— for high-school-aged students. Many adolescents experiencing these issues have had to step away from school to seek treatment but are still highly motivated by academics. At Open Sky, these students may now pursue both their education and overall well-being. We offer high-school-aged adolescents the opportunity to earn college credits while at Open Sky as well as use college savings to pay for their treatment and education.*


Open Sky offers high-school-aged adolescent students the opportunity to both earn college credits while at Open Sky and use college savings to pay for a portion of their treatment and education. 


In partnership with Western Colorado University, high-school-aged students enrolled in Open Sky’s adolescent program may choose to earn three credit hours in a special topics psychology course, Nature and the Human Psyche. 


The robust curriculum is specifically designed to align with the trajectory of students’ therapeutic work and deepen their experience in the wilderness. Through independent study, group engagement, and experiential learning, students strengthen their core capacity for attention, curiosity, awareness, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and connection.  


*Consult with admissions to see if this is appropriate for your child.


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Reimburse a Portion of Program Expenses Using College Savings

When registered for three credit hours in the approved course, families can use funds from 529 plans and AmeriCorps vouchers to pay for a portion of the Open Sky program and Western Colorado University course credits. 


When you would like to explore using a 529 plan or AmeriCorps voucher to pay for a portion of treatment, please contact [email protected] We also recommend consulting with your tax advisor regarding the eligibility of 529 funds for potential program and registration reimbursement.


Open Sky recognizes the power we hold as educators to help guide the learning and lives of the students we serve. We believe in educating the whole person – body, mind, heart, and spirit – to prepare our young people to navigate unique and urgent challenges and to positively contribute to society.