About Us

About Aurora Plains Academy

Aurora Plains Academy is located in Plankinton, South Dakota. The Academy is owned and operated by Clinicare Corporation based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since 1967, Clinicare has been a leader in behavioral and mental healthcare, whose mission is to successfully meet the needs of a changing society. The foundation of the clinical programs have been formed through 50-plus years of experience. Clinicare Corporation also operates alternative schools in Eau Claire, WI, Prairie du Chien, WI, and Decorah, IA.

Aurora Plains Academy was established in January 2007. Treatment areas for the youth at the Academy include mental illness, emotional problems, conduct problems, cognitive delays, addictions, sexual abuse/offender issues, academic issues, and peer and family problems.

Aurora Plains Academy facilitates lasting change in the youth and their families by restoring empowerment within nurturing relationships. We affirm, embrace, and hold ourselves responsible to the following core values:


To improve the well-being of youth in our care.


To provide for the ever-changing needs of children and their families in our society.

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Our Philosophy

It is the philosophy of the Academy that all youth are deserving of trauma-informed, therapeutic treatment and education; and that all youth are unique with individual treatment needs. Academy staff will guide youth through an individualized, comprehensive program that is based off treatment goals which are made to fit the unique needs of each youth.

The Academy believes that taking part in recreational activities, particularly outdoors, can improve your physical wellness. Participating in leisure and recreation activities can help you better manage stress and reduce depression. These staff led activities include intramural sports; movies; off-campus outings such as bowling, roller skating, biking, picnics; arts and crafts; use of two on-site gyms and 82 acres outdoor recreation area; as well as other seasonal recreation activities.