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Should you really send your "struggling teen" to a boot camp or a boarding school?

Troubled Teens

If you are experiencing trouble with your teenaged daughter or son you may think that it's a viable solution to send them to military school or boot camp. These are some of the solutions to the problem of "troubled teens" that you will find as you search through various other websites.

Solutions such as wilderness camps or military training can work but they are a radical solution, really. There is a wide spectrum of help available and you need to take a good look at all the options available to you - including family counseling, help with parenting skills and self help books. Have you tried these potential solutions?

"Troubled teens" is an industry that is not without some controversy. After a 2007 Congressional hearing, the US government worked to enact legislation to reduce abuses and negligence at "troubled teen boot camps." Today, the industry has moved toward a more successful model that focuses on changing behaviours and improving coping mechanisms. There is much evidence to show the benefits of structured therapy plus the radical break camps and schools offer teens from troubling environments or negative peer influences. In a 2010 study, The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs followed the progress of over a thousand teen graduates for over a year after their graduation from therapeutic programs. They found that the great majority remained consistent with behavioral changes they had made in the treatment programs.

Troubled teens in Canada

Here in Canada, there is a history of close regulation and scrutiny of schools, camps and programs that might deal with these troubled teens. Government regulations cover numerous accountabilities, requirements and restrictions when it comes to any long-term secured settings.There is little regulation, however, for programs that are not in a secured facility.

Beyond this, the fact remains that parents need to do all they can to reach out to their teens and show them the proper way to deal with teen problems related to drugs and sex. Changing schools or sending your child to a private school, boarding school, military school or teen camp should only be part of the solution to your teen's troubles. The rest of the solution should come from you as parents.

The following private schools and institutions specialize in programs to help troubled teens.

You can also find a military school or boarding school for your troubled teen, by consulting our private school search.

6727 South Chippawa Road, Wellandport, Ontario, L0R 2J0
Wellandport
Robert Land Academy is a military/special needs private school in Wellandport, Ontario. It offers programs for grades six to 12. [view profile]
  • Boarding
  • Military
  • Special Needs
  • 6 to 12 (Boys)
  • $41,300 to $46,300 per year
801 Eglinton Avenue West, #201, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 1E3
Toronto
Shoore Centre for Learning is a special-needs private school that offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is six students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $24,000 to $30,000 per year
1650 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 3Y1
Toronto
Academy C60 is a small school in Toronto for grades 9 to 12. Students earn credits while developing skills that best prepares them for post secondary education. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Troubled Teens
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $1,450 to $2,200 per course
1 Pleasant Street- P.O. Box 778, Middleboro, Massachusetts, 02346
Middleboro
Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Special Needs
  • Academic
  • 6 to 12/UP (Coed)
  • Varies per year
431 Chapel Hill Road, Hancock, New York, 13783
Hancock
Allynwood Academy is an accredited, nonsectarian boarding school for students in grades 9–12, providing exceptional college preparatory education with individualized platforms of therapeutic support. [view profile]
  • Boarding
  • Troubled Teens
  • Academic
  • 9 to 12/UP (Coed)
  • $56,400 to $81,600 USD per year
20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
Langley
Focus Foundation is a world-class educational and therapeutic learning institution, described by Dr. Charles Huffine, former President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
5873 Highway 7 east, , Markham, Ontario, L3P1A3
Markham
A national leader in results and achievement oriented education, Cambridge Academy is a private academic day school in Markham offering programs for students in grades 9 - 12. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $12,900 to $16,400 per year
101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Suite 338, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9T1
Kelowna
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment program for troubled teens and struggling students. Locations in the Barrie area of Ontario and in Kelowna, British Colubmia offer programs for youth in grades seven to 12. [view profile]
  • Boarding & Homestay
  • Troubled Teens
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per program
(Please contact school for details), Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 2Y2
Vancouver
Project-oriented and integrated curricula allow each student to reach their highest potential with less stress and deeper understanding. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • $5,670 to $8,500 per year
P.O. Box 159, Station Main, Shelburne, Ontario, L9V 3L8
Shelburne
Pine River is a residential treatment program for youth 13-19 struggling with addictive behaviours and often co-occurring mental health issues. Ours is a unique, integrated wilderness, therapeutic and education model. [view profile]
  • Boarding
  • Troubled Teens
  • Special Needs
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $7,500 to $163,520 per year
Horseshoe Valley Road, Minesing, Ontario, L0L 1Y0
Minesing
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment program for troubled teens and struggling students. Locations in the Barrie area of Ontario and in Kelowna, British Colubmia offer programs for youth in grades seven to 12. [view profile]
  • Boarding
  • Troubled Teens
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per program
6727 South Chippawa Road, Wellandport, Ontario, L0R 2J0
  • Boarding
  • Military
  • Special Needs
  • 6 to 12 (Boys)
  • $41,300 to $46,300 per year
view profile
801 Eglinton Avenue West, #201, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 1E3
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $24,000 to $30,000 per year
view profile
1650 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 3Y1
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Troubled Teens
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $1,450 to $2,200 per course
view profile
1 Pleasant Street- P.O. Box 778, Middleboro, Massachusetts, 02346
  • Day & Boarding
  • Special Needs
  • Academic
  • 6 to 12/UP (Coed)
  • Varies per year
view profile
431 Chapel Hill Road, Hancock, New York, 13783
  • Boarding
  • Troubled Teens
  • Academic
  • 9 to 12/UP (Coed)
  • $56,400 to $81,600 USD per year
view profile
20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
view profile
5873 Highway 7 east, , Markham, Ontario, L3P1A3
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $12,900 to $16,400 per year
view profile
101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Suite 338, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9T1
  • Boarding & Homestay
  • Troubled Teens
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per program
view profile
(Please contact school for details), Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 2Y2
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • $5,670 to $8,500 per year
view profile
P.O. Box 159, Station Main, Shelburne, Ontario, L9V 3L8
  • Boarding
  • Troubled Teens
  • Special Needs
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $7,500 to $163,520 per year
view profile
Horseshoe Valley Road, Minesing, Ontario, L0L 1Y0
  • Boarding
  • Troubled Teens
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per program
view profile

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