At-risk teen girls

Private school can be a great option for at-risk teen girls

Adolescence is a tricky time for all teens and pre-teens and puts many teens at risk of developing destructive habits. Body changes, extra school work, added responsibilities, influence from the media, and high expectations from parents and peers all make for a confusing and stressful period for any student, and these risky transitions must be handled with care and comfort. Read more

List of schools with at-risk girls' programs


Havergal College

Toronto, Ontario
Lawrence Avenue West/Avenue Road
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"Havergal has been preparing young women to make a difference since 1894 through its innovative curriculum and future-ready programming with a focus on wellbeing and student agency.

  1. Beautiful 22-acre campus in the heart of Toronto.
  2. Innovative curriculum and future-ready programming for students.
  3. Small class sizes with a focus on wellness and student agency.
  4. Award-winning Art, Music and Drama departments.

—From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $41,520 to $79,905
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Havergal College 41520 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
Toronto, Ontario
York Mills/Leslie
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"Hawthorn is the only independent, Catholic-inspired, all girls school in Toronto that provides character education, personal mentorship, and a classical liberal arts education that is university preparatory." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Girls/Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $1,200 to $21,650
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Hawthorn School 1200 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Homestay Girls Coed
St Catharines, Ontario
Ontario St./Welland Ave.
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"Heuristic & autodidactic, inspired by Sudbury & democratic models. Students are self-directed, and holistically empowered. Voluntary attendance, year-round calendar, agency, & consent inspire free learning. Also Forest" —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed/Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $57 to $10,000
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Agate Private School 57 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Boarding Day Homestay Coed Girls
London, Ontario
Richmond Street/King Street
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"A Canadian Private Secondary Boarding school, located in the heart of London, Ontario. LIA is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Girls/Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $16,000 to $32,000
  • Boarding
  • 345 students
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London International Academy 16000 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Girls Coed

Such emotional, physical, and social pressures especially put teen girls at risk of damaging behaviour. In recent years, studies have found that the use of marijuana, alcohol, and cigarettes in teen girls is approaching that of teen boys. In fact, in 2008, more teen girls started drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes than boys. Teen girls also had a higher risk of abusing prescription drugs than boys that year.

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Adolescence is widely considered the most confusing part of a girl's life. Teen girls undergo many changes in their bodies, in their sexuality, in their responsibilities within and outside their family, and in their behaviours, while they try to understand their mixed emotions and find out who they truly are. It is a time when the media and unfair social pressures can result in the pressure to grow up too fast without taking the time to develop their best skills and conduct important self-reflection.

A lack of proper guidance from parents and teachers can put teen girls at risk of developing harmful personality traits. During adolescence, teen girls often develop a lack of self-esteem, don't perform as well academically, become less physically active, and neglect to nurture their own personal passions, goals, and aspirations. This increased their risk of the negative outside influence of the media and the social pressures of peers.

Parents can watch out for specific signs that their teen girl may be at risk of heading down a treacherous path, which include: changes in appearance and friends, long periods spent in the bathroom, a disinterest in previously-enjoyed hobbies, breaking house rules, and a change in demeanor towards lethargy and agitation.

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