Building brighter tomorrows
for the boys of today.

An innovative new program by Cherry Gulch

Owners Andy Sapp, Ph.D., Chris McRoberts, Ph.D., and Bernie Zimmerman, M.A., LCPC announce with great excitement the grand opening of Novitas Academy located in Emmett, Idaho. 

Located on 26 acres of majestic river front property, Novitas Academy is a unique fully accredited therapeutic boarding school for boys ages 14-18.  The program is designed to meet the needs of young men struggling with life skills, learning differences, lack of academic motivation, ADHD as well as mild to moderate behavioral and emotional problems.  Novitas is a relationship-based program that strives to help our students build their self-esteem and self-confidence through discovering and nurturing their strengths, passions and dreams.  
Novitas Academy uses a blended learning approach that consists of project-based learning, differentiated instruction, online credit recovery classes and career development.  Students also partake in a career & college assessment program, local internships and develop an individualized 10-year-plan.  Novitas students will also have the opportunity to attend a local professional technical academy which offers an array of hands on vocational training.  Students receive individual, group and family therapy.

The mission is to provide students a safe, therapeutic, and nurturing learning environment in order to facilitate a successful transition into early adulthood. At Novitas Academy students are inspired to believe in themselves, their dreams, and their visions.  Students are encouraged to be innovative, entrepreneurial, outside-the-box thinkers, as well as to pursue their interests and passions. 

“With inspiration from the books Mindset and David and Goliath, we have combined the Anatomy of Peace, The Ruler Approach and a modified collaborative problem solving approach into a relational strengths-based vocational-prep. program that inspires students to reach their goals” says Andy Sapp, Founder & Owner of both Cherry Gulch and Novitas Academy.
In mid-June, we quietly opened our doors and enrolled five students, leaving only five spaces remaining for admission.  For more information please view our website at or email inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..