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Troubled Teens

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Troubled Teens

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

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.

Below, you can find our list of schools for troubled teens or programs including 'boot camps' for troubled teens.

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

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.

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List of Schools for Troubled Teens

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.
  • Boarding
  • Military
  • Special Needs
  • Gr: 6 to 12 (Boys)
  • $41,300 - $46,300
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.
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • Gr: 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $24,000 - $30,000
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.
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Troubled Teens
  • Gr: 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $1,450 - $2,200
40 Begbie Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 3L9
New Westminster
Purpose challenges students to achieve their potential, to take responsibility for their lives and to develop a strong set of learning and life skills.
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Gr: 10 to 12 (Coed)
  • $100
, Burlington, Ontario, L7R 2E3
Burlington
Missing Links Academy incorporates clinically proven ABA methodologies, combined with Ministry of Ontario curriculum. Contact us to discover why Missing Links is the "Missing Link" to autism.
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Special Needs
  • Gr: PS to 8 (Coed)
  • $24,500 - $38,500
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.
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Alternative
  • Gr: 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Cost Varies
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.
  • Boarding
  • Troubled Teens
  • Alternative
  • Gr: 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Cost Varies
(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.
  • Day
  • Gifted
  • Alternative
  • Gr: 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • $5,670 - $8,500
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.
  • Boarding & Homestay
  • Troubled Teens
  • Alternative
  • Gr: 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Cost Varies
#190 - 13151 Vanier Place, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 2J1
Richmond
Our goal is to successfully treat, as well as teach, children and adolescents who, because of complex combinations of medical, psychiatric, and developmental problems are not functioning well in school based programs.
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Gifted
  • Gr: K to 12 (Coed)
  • Cost Varies
, Alliston, Ontario, L9R 1L6
Alliston
We offer an alternative to traditional education for all ages. We set a bar for all kids, and they are treated equally no matter what their past performance.
  • Day
  • Alternative
  • Special Needs
  • Gr: 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $5,600 - $19,200
 
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