Many times, parents are at their wit’s end when their child is struggling in school. If this sounds familiar, then it’s time to become acquainted with the Anna B. Lawther Academy at Hillcrest in Dubuque, Iowa. We’re the education experts for struggling students; we’ve changed the lives of hundreds of troubled adolescents and teens and seen them graduate from our school or return to their previous school and graduate from there. In our K-12 Academy, our top-notch teachers have a long and successful track record of educating students in need of specialized behavioral care.

However, the Anna B. Lawther Academy isn’t just for struggling students in the Dubuque area. Parents from all over the country send their students to Hillcrest for education and treatment. The Academy serves as a boarding school for troubled teens and through its five residences, serves teens in need of varying degrees of therapy and counseling.

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Often time, parents simply don’t know where to turn or how to enroll a child. It’s really quite simple. Contact us at (563) 582-4015 and we’ll discuss in detail the benefits of enrolling at the Anna B. Lawther Academy and the various treatment options within our residences.

Success Story


“Bobby” was a youth that was in foster care or residential treatment for several years. He was so resistant to treatment that no organization in Iowa would accept him. Once he completed his out-of–state placement, he came to Hillcrest where he was provided with the structure and stability that he needed, but he also had to learn independent living skills as he was getting to the age of adulthood. Through our Culture of Results, ”Bobby” was able to complete his treatment goals, hold a part-time job and move into an independent living program. He has a goal of going to college.


Anna B. Lawther Academy Dubuque

2005 Asbury Road
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: (563) 582-4015
Fax: (563) 585-2004

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Anna B. Lawther Academy Maquoketa

115 S. Olive Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060
Phone: (563) 652-4942
Fax: (563) 652-4945

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