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Northwoods, A Quality, Individualized Educational Opportunity for Youth at Risk

Welcome to Northwoods where we have provided safe home-like settings for young men since 1993. Northwoods is owned and managed by Dave Yeats, Northwoods founder and Matt Fitzgerald, Northwoods president.

We have three campuses, all of which are designed to be safe, structured and healthy.  These unique sites allow us to individualize our approach and address the teen’s learning styles, social capabilities, career objectives, athletic interests and more. All residents contribute to household chores including cooking, cleaning, washing their own laundry and more.

An applicant’s minimum length of stay at Northwoods is one year.  Parents discuss with us the goals they have for their son and work with us to attain them in an agreed upon time frame.  We encourage and support frequent healthy visits from families to any of our sites.

The Northwoods Sagle Farm is about a 90-minute drive from Spokane, Washington.  Our students begin their academics with an individualized plan and personal attention in our Sagle farm classroom.  This ten-acre site is located six miles south of Sandpoint, ID.  The Schweitzer Ski Mountain, Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint West Athletic Club and the City of Sandpoint offer abundant recreational and educational opportunities for our students.

Our second site is in La Tigra, Costa Rica in the Northern Central Zone.  This site is on 95 tropical acres and is used for our travel study program.  Northwoods students usually spend three months of their stay with Northwoods in this beautiful country.  While continuing their studies they will live in our new lodge and/or with local Costa Rican families for a complete cultural emersion.


Our Northwoods Bonners Ferry, ID site is 40 miles north of the Sagle Farm.  Bonners Ferry is a beautiful and peaceful community.  The students living here are in the transition phase of our program.  They will be enrolled into the local school and have the opportunity to apply the life skills they have learned in a mainstream setting.   The local high school has a harmonious atmosphere and almost everyone knows each other.

Northwoods boys turning 18 have the opportunity to move into one of our young adult independent living homes.  There they have age appropriate peers and responsibilities.  These homes are located in Bonners Ferry, Id and at our Sagle Farm adjacent to our Northwoods licensed facilities.

In addition to our three main living environments, we also offer Quality Host Family services that provide enhanced and even more distinctive experiences for our Northwoods students.

Northwoods is committed to bringing value and an individualized program to each of our students and their families. All of our settings are comfortable, wholesome and unique.  Our schedule permits the resident and our staff to alternate among our sites to develop consistency and healthy relationships throughout.  We welcome you to call us or visit any or all of our sites.

David Yeats, Founder, established the Northwoods' School in 1993. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oregon State University and is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Idaho. He has been a teacher and Counselor at Rocky Mountain Academy in North Idaho; Individual Services Coordinator at Children's Mental Health in the State of Idaho; Wilderness Instructor at Marion County family court in Oregon and Program Specialist for Polk Adolescent Day Treatment Center in Polk County, Oregon.

Matt Fitzgerald is Northwoods' President. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Michigan University. He has over 20 years experience in educating Youth at Risk working at Rocky Mountain Academy, Administrator of Ascent Wilderness Program, Headmaster of Northwest Academy, and Northwoods.

Additional staff includes house parents, counselors, teachers and professional direct care staff. All staff are required to have background checks. They are qualified and are trained in Medication Management as well as First Aid/CPR Certified. Most of our staff have college degress as well.


Northwoods in Bonners Ferry
6889 Apple Alley
P.O. Box 8
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Northwoods in Sagle
279 S. Sagle Road
P.O. Box 676
Sagle, ID 83860
Northwoods in Costa Rica
APDO Box 129
La Fortuna, San Carlos
Alajuela Costa Rica

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