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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

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Robert Land Academy

6727 South Chippawa Road, Wellandport, Ontario, L0R 2J0
Robert Land Academy is a military/special needs private school in Wellandport, Ontario. It offers programs for grades six to 12.
Military, Special Needs
Boarding
$40,750 to $44,750
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Shoore Centre for Learning

801 Eglinton Avenue West, #201, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 1E3
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.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$24,000 to $30,000
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Academy c60

1650 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 3Y1
This alternative private school in Toronto, Ontario offers grades 9 to 12 with enrolment of 15 day students. Average class size is 3 to 8 students.
Alternative, Troubled Teens
Day
Cost varies
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Above & Beyond Learning Experience

19 Church St. North Unit 2 , Alliston, Ontario, L9R 1L6
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.
Alternative, Special Needs
Day
$5,600 to $19,200
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Missing Links Academy

2317 Fairview St Suite 500 & 501, Burlington , Ontario, L7R 2E3
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.
Alternative, Special Needs
Day
$24,500 to $38,500
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Purpose Independent Secondary School

40 Begbie Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 3L9
Purpose challenges students to achieve their potential, to take responsibility for their lives and to develop a strong set of learning and life skills.
Alternative
Day
$100
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Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
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.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
Cost varies
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Venture Academy Springwater

Horseshoe Valley Road, Minesing (Barrie Area), Ontario, L0L 1Y0
Venture Academy Springwater is a troubled teens school in Springwater, Ontario. It offers programs from grades seven to 12.
Troubled Teens, Alternative
Boarding
Cost varies
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Avenir School

Suite 207 - 877 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6A 3Y1
Project-oriented and integrated curricula allow each student to reach their highest potential with less stress and deeper understanding.
Gifted, Alternative
Day
$2,000 to $8,500
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Glen Eden Multimodal Centre

#190 - 13151 Vanier Place, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 2J1
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.
Special Needs, Gifted
Day
Cost varies
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Venture Academy for Troubled Teens

101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Suite 338, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9T1
Venture Academy for Troubled Teens offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Kelowna.
Troubled Teens, Alternative
Boarding & Homestay
Cost varies
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