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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, West Lincoln, Ontario, L0R 2J0

West Lincoln
Robert Land Academy is a private military style boarding school (Gr 6-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs. [view profile]
  • Boarding
  • Military
  • Special Needs
  • 6 to 12 (Boys)
  • $46,750 to $48,750 per year
7513 River Road, Palmer Rapids, Ontario, K0J 2E0

Palmer Rapids
Our award winning school see students collapse exhausted in their beds each night inflated with pride, mastering new skills, and feeling connected to a team that leans on one another and that lets you just be yourself. [view profile]
  • Boarding
  • Alternative
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $250 per day
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
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • $27,500 to $30,000 per year
101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Suite 338, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9T1

Kelowna
Venture Academy is a therapeutic private school providing educational and clinical support services, individualized instruction and engaging interaction to get students back on track and restore confidence. [view profile]
  • & Homestay
  • Special Needs
  • Troubled Teens
  • 8 to 12 (Boys)
  • $8,800 to $10,500 per program
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
31733 South Fork Road, Troy, Montana, 59935

Troy
Turning Winds Academic Institute is a premier, therapeutic boarding school that restores hope to your child and builds a brighter future with the aid of our world class treatment team along with its serene environment. [view profile]
  • Boarding
  • Troubled Teens
  • Special Needs
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $78,000 to $90,000 USD per year
2420 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 2Y1

North Vancouver
Project-oriented and integrated curricula allow each student to reach their highest potential with less stress and deeper understanding. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,000 to $27,000 per year
Horseshoe Valley Road, Minesing (Barrie Area), Ontario, L0L 1Y0

Minesing (Barrie Area)
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses. [view profile]
  • Troubled Teens
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • $8,800 to $10,500 per program
20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
3450 Boundary Road, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5M 4A4

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
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
  • Progressive
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $1,450 to $2,200 per course
72 Orchard Drive, Belleville, Ontario, K8P 2K7

Belleville
We are a licensed therapeutic boarding school for JK-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home environments. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Special Needs
  • Troubled Teens
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $22,050 to $62,525 per year
P.O. Box 159, Station Main, Shelburne, Ontario, L9V 3L8
2 St Clair Avenue East, Suite 800, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2T5

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
1 Pleasant Street P.O. Box 778, Middleboro, Massachusetts, 02346
36 Plymouth Street, 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 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
6727 South Chippawa Road, West Lincoln, Ontario, L0R 2J0
  • Boarding
  • Military
  • Special Needs
  • 6 to 12 (Boys)
  • $46,750 to $48,750 per year
view profile
7513 River Road, Palmer Rapids, Ontario, K0J 2E0
  • Boarding
  • Alternative
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $250 per day
view profile
801 Eglinton Avenue West, #201, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 1E3
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • $27,500 to $30,000 per year
view profile
101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Suite 338, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9T1
  • & Homestay
  • Special Needs
  • Troubled Teens
  • 8 to 12 (Boys)
  • $8,800 to $10,500 per program
view profile
5873 Highway 7 east, , Markham, Ontario, L3P1A3
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $12,900 to $16,400 per year
view profile
31733 South Fork Road, Troy, Montana, 59935
  • Boarding
  • Troubled Teens
  • Special Needs
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $78,000 to $90,000 USD per year
view profile
2420 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 2Y1
  • Day & Boarding
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,000 to $27,000 per year
view profile
Horseshoe Valley Road, Minesing (Barrie Area), Ontario, L0L 1Y0
  • Troubled Teens
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • $8,800 to $10,500 per program
view profile
20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
3450 Boundary Road, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5M 4A4
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
view profile
1650 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 3Y1
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $1,450 to $2,200 per course
view profile
72 Orchard Drive, Belleville, Ontario, K8P 2K7
  • Day & Boarding
  • Special Needs
  • Troubled Teens
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • $22,050 to $62,525 per year
view profile
P.O. Box 159, Station Main, Shelburne, Ontario, L9V 3L8
2 St Clair Avenue East, Suite 800, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2T5
  • Boarding
  • Troubled Teens
  • Special Needs
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $7,500 to $163,520 per year
view profile
1 Pleasant Street P.O. Box 778, Middleboro, Massachusetts, 02346
36 Plymouth Street, Middleboro, Massachusetts, 02346
  • Day & Boarding
  • Special Needs
  • Academic
  • 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
view profile

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