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At-risk programs

The successes and benefits of at-risk programs

Risky behaviour often arises from a teen girl's inability to adapt to new and risky environments. And no environment can entail more trouble for a teen girl than high school. Removing children from harmful environments is one of the premiere benefits seen in at-risk programs, in private schools or in "teen boot camps." Read more


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  • Amaranth, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,154 to $10,965

The Maples is a private IB school in Orangeville, ON from PS to grade 8. Tuition starts at $8500. The Maples offer daily French instruction starting in PS.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
The Maples Academy 9154 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Wellandport, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • $53,965 to $57,965

Robert Land Academy is a private military-themed boarding school (Gr 5-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
Robert Land Academy 53965 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $7,650 to $12,650

Founded in 1990, Yip's Montessori Program cater to children from 1.5 to 6 years old. Yip's four campuses are located in Markham, Unionville and Thornhill.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Yip’s Music & Montessori School 7650 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills/Leslie
  • NS to 12 Coed/Girls
  • $14,500 to $36,500

Hawthorn School is an all-girls school in Toronto that offers programs from toddler to grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to each girl to help them reach their full potential.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Hawthorn School 14500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Day Coed Girls
  • Oakville, Ontario
    QEW Highway/403 Highway
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,400 to $18,800

Glenburnie School, Oakville, offers enriched, child-centred, responsive, academic programs from Pre-K through Grade 8. Class sizes range from 8 to 18 students depending on grade level.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Walden International School - Oakville 9400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $29,300

McDonald International Academy offers programs for grades 9 to 12 with 2 locations in the heart of Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 20 students.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
McDonald International Academy 10000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Ellesmere Rd/Birchmount Rd
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,000 to $34,300

Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Bond Academy 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Belleville, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $24,500 to $75,900

We are a licensed therapeutic boarding school for Gr. 1-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home environments.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning 24500 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/Silverwood Ave.
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $16,550 to $26,800

Century Montessori Schools in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with class sizes as low as 12 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Century Private School 16550 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Breslau, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,760 to $27,680

Students receive an excellent education which prepares them well for university, college and a wide variety of workplaces.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Woodland Christian High School 10760 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Rosseau, Ontario
    Hwy. 141/Bright Street
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $10,300 to $59,600

At Rosseau Lake College, teachers work with each student to develop a personalized curricular approach that will enhance their academic competence. One hundred percent of graduates receive post-secondary admission.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Rosseau Lake College 10300 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Milton, Ontario
    Tremaine Road/Hwy 401
  • PS to 3 Coed
  • $8,160 to $13,600

Montessori Country School has provided a first-class academic experience to students in an environment that is distinguished by its compassion, integrity and unwavering commitment to the individual child.

  • Day
  • Montessori
The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus 8160 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/Weldrick Road East
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $19,000

An inspected and accredited private secondary school offering high school credit courses in small classes or online, leading to high school diploma

  • Day/Boarding/Homestay
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Toronto High School 19000 HighSchools Day Boarding Homestay Coed
  • Harrow, Ontario
    Concessions Rd 6 S/Hwy 18
  • 1 to 8 Boys
  • $8,500 to $29,000

St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg, Ont. is a day/residency school for boys grades 1-8 who love Sports and the Outdoors. Tuition starts at $8,900. and is a member of OFIS. We put "FUN" back into learning.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
St. Peter's ACHS College School 8500 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boarding Boys
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Bloor St./Jane St.
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $17,995 to $23,395

Blyth Academy Etobicoke, located in Toronto's west end, focuses on personalized education, small class sizes, and experiential learning.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Etobicoke 17995 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $16,995 to $23,395

Blyth Academy Mississauga is a flourishing private middle and high school housed in unique heritage buildings. We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Mississauga 16995 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Kitchener, Ontario
    King St W/Francis St S
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $14,995 to $20,795

At Blyth Academy Waterloo we are building an active and dynamic school community. We offer not only our outstanding Grades 9–12 program but also a middle school program and facilities for students in Grades 7–8.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Waterloo 14995 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Richmond Street/King Street
  • 9 to 12 Girls/Boys/Coed
  • $11,000 to $41,900

A Canadian Private Secondary Co-ed Boarding school, located in downtown London, Ontario. LIA offers academic courses from Grades 9-12 and is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
London International Academy 11000 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Day Girls Boys Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Strandherd/Tartan
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $4,315 to $14,935

Ottawa Christian School is an independent Christian day school, educating children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 for a life of faithful Christian discipleship and service.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Ottawa Christian School 4315 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ancaster, Ontario
    Rymal Road West/Glancaster Road
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $12,510 to $16,800

At Hamilton District Christian High we believe exceptional learning is for every student. Our aim is to differentiate learning so that each student can reach their full potential through Project-Based learning.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Hamilton District Christian High 12510 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St/Lawrence Ave
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $17,995 to $23,395

Our campus located in midtown Toronto provides the warmth and community of a neighbourhood school. We are a short distance from our partners at the Royal Ontario Museum and Outward Bound at the Evergreen Brickworks.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Lawrence Park 17995 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St/Adelaide St E
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,900 to $18,800

Keystone High School (Gr. 9-12) is located right in the heart of downtown Toronto. Our small class sizes and focus on project-based learning prepare our students for higher education and beyond.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Keystone International Schools 10900 HighSchools Day Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Wellington Street/Central Avenue
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $14,200 to $16,200

The London School offers grades 7-12 personalized education in London in an academic program specializing in classes for anxious, stressed students experiencing school refusal.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
The London School 14200 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $8,800 to $15,490

Meadow Green Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Meadow Green Academy 8800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave W
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $13,050 to $17,990

Robbins Hebrew Academy (RHA) teaches students to think critically and globally, in a community that builds self-esteem and life-long character. RHA is Toronto’s first Jewish school to be CAIS accredited.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Robbins Hebrew Academy 13050 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Rosthern, Saskatchewan
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $3,500 to $26,000

RJC is a grades 10-12 boarding school accredited by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. RJC is student and community-focused all while offering rigorous academics and exceptional athletic and fine arts programs.

  • Day/Homestay/Boarding
  • Progressive
Rosthern Junior College 3500 Day Homestay Boarding Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Dufferin/Lawrence
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $19,000 to $25,000

Magnificent Minds Inc. caters to learners whose needs are not being met in traditional school environments, pursuing academic excellence, and individual greatness.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Magnificent Minds 19000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave. West
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $8,500 to $15,500

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  • Day
  • Montessori
Alive Montessori & Private School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/Eglinton
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $12,000 to $14,000

OAT is a high school in Toronto specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Full credit courses, Booster programs and Reach Ahead programs designed to give students the support they need to excel.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology 12000 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Brampton, Ontario
    North Park Drive/Nuffield Street
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $5,500 to $6,500

Maranatha Christian Academy is a private Christian School located in Brampton. MCA utilizes the ACE curriculum that focuses on individualized instruction.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Maranatha Christian Academy 5500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Lakeshore Rd/Brant St
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $13,595 to $20,795

Blyth Academy Burlington, located in Village Square in the heart of downtown Burlington, offers not only our outstanding Grades 9–12 program but also a middle years program and facilities for students in Grades 5–8.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Burlington 13595 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Brockville, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $14,120 to $58,915

Fulford Academy is a day/boarding school in Brockville, Ontario, offering programs for grade 6-12. The average student/teacher ratio is 7:1, and STEM + Arts is the core of our Academic Programming.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Fulford Academy 14120 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Keele/Sheppard
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $16,395 to $22,625

Blyth Academy Downsview Park offers outstanding education coupled with unique opportunities for student-athletes to engage in sports-specific and fitness training throughout their regular school day.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Downsview Park 16395 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Warden/HWY401
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $599 to $949 /course

Toronto eSchool is both an online high school and a tutoring centre offering grade 9 to 12 credit courses to local and international students on a part-time or full-time basis. Special needs students are welcomed!

  • Day
  • Traditional
Toronto eSchool 599 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Nobleton, Ontario
    15th Sideroad/Hwy 27
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $9,000 to $18,000

For over 25 years, the Montessori Country School provides a first-class accredited curriculum for students 12 months through grade 6. The sprawling 10 acre campus offers a unique indoor and outdoor learning experience.

  • Day
  • Montessori
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • PS to 5 Coed
  • $12,000

For the past 36 years Kingsley Primary School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade five in Etobicoke. Its average class size is eight to 12 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Kingsley Primary School 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Guelph, Ontario
    Suffolk/Dublin
  • JK to 1 Coed
  • $5,750 to $12,500

Montessori School of Wellington in Guelph is the only CCMA accredited school in Guelph and the number one choice for children's education and life skill

  • Day
  • Montessori
Montessori School of Wellington 5750 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Milton, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $12,000 to $12,850

Oxford Learning Academy – where your child will experience a homeschooling approach with the benefits of socialization in a small classroom environment. This Milton private school runs from PK to grade 8.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Oxford Learning Academy (Private School) 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Woodbridge, Ontario
    Kipling/Highway 7
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $15,500 to $20,190

We believe in project-based learning, enfolding, engaging and empowering students, and fantastic parent-teacher communication. We offer family friendly tuition with transportation included.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Liberal Arts
Toronto District Christian High School 15500 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    University Ave./Dundas street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,750 to $24,000

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School 13750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St/Sheppard Ave
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $399 to $499 /course

Ontario Virtual School is an Ontario Government approved credit-granting institution offering high school level courses for Grades 9-12 in an interactive online format. Students can start anytime with 24/7 access.

  • eSchool/Day
  • Traditional
Ontario Virtual School 399 HighSchools eSchool Day Coed
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 5 to 10 Coed
  • $18,000


  • Day
  • Progressive
Blue Sky School 18000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Avenue Road/Davenport Road
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $2,995

Blyth Academy Online is a private school for Grades 9 to 12. We offer over 100+ affordable course which can be accessed 24 hours a day, every day of the year. 95% of our students succeed with Blyth Academy Online.

  • eSchool
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Online School 2995 HighSchools eSchool Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Donald St/Frances St
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,000 to $10,300

Providence Academy is the only Private French Catholic School offering a trilingual program of study in Ontario with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition: $8,800-10,300. Extracurricular activities: $600-$650.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Academie Providence 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • US $60,000 to US $160,000

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Chamberlain International School 60000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Dundas St. E./Brock St. N.
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $14,995 to $20,795

Blyth Academy Whitby is a private school for Grade 6-12 students, conveniently located for students across the Durham Region.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Whitby 14995 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Ridley Road/Henrietta Street
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $17,850 to $70,000

Ridley College is an acclaimed co-educational boarding and day school that prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Ridley College 17850 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $25,150 to $26,200

KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School 25150 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $1 /program

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.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) 1 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Baseline Rd./Woodroffe Ave.
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $12,850 to $19,675

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from Infants to grade eight.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School 12850 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Avenue Road/Lawrence Avenue
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $15,175 to $19,175

AVRO Academy is an alternative high school in Toronto for grades 9 to 12. Students earn credits while developing skills that best prepares them for post secondary education. We focus on student strength!

  • Day
  • Progressive
AVRO Academy 15175 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Burnhamthorpe Rd. W/Neyagawa Blvd.
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $15,800 to $52,000

King’s Christian Collegiate is an independent Christian high school providing superb instruction in a safe, stimulating academic environment. Caring staff set the tone for a positive, up-beat culture.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
King's Christian Collegiate 15800 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Churchill Ave N/Richmond Rd
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $16,395 to $22,625

Blyth Academy Ottawa focuses on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning for Grades 7-12. Big experience in a small school!

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Ottawa 16395 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Thornhill, Ontario
    Bayview Ave/John St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $15,995 to $20,795

Blyth Academy Thornhill, located 30 minutes from downtown Toronto, focuses on personalized education, small class sizes, and experiential learning.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Thornhill 15995 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Langley, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $2,700 to $4,500

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.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres 2700 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Prud'homme/Boulevard Décarie
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • $19,750

Centennial is the only high school in Quebec that helps students master their learning challenges and graduate on time. Over 90% of our students graduate in five years and go on to college and university.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Centennial Academy 19750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Ridout/Queen
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $15,995 to $20,795

We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning. Our London campus is conveniently located in historic Ignatia Hall on the banks of the Thames.

  • Boarding/Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy London 15995 HighSchools Boarding Homestay Day Coed
  • Barrie Area, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $1 /program

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.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON) 1 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed
  • Beamsville, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Boys/Coed
  • $10,300 to $40,400

Great Lakes Christian High School offers programs for grades nine through 12 in Beamsville. It accepts day and boarding students.

  • Boarding/Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Great Lakes Christian High School 10300 HighSchools Boarding Homestay Boarding Day Boys Coed
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $12,700 to $30,200

North Star Academy Laval is the only private English high school in Laval. We offer small classroom sizes for individualized attention. We teach not only for school but for life! Certificate of eligibility not required.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
North Star Academy 12700 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bay St/Charles St W
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $17,995 to $23,395

Blyth Academy Yorkville is a private high school for Grade 9-12 students, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, moments away from some of Toronto’s most exciting cultural and entertainment venues.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Yorkville 17995 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Spadina/Eglinton
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $27,500 to $32,000

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
  • Traditional
Shoore Academics 27500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Denison/Warden
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $10,500 to $16,500

Sunrise Montessori School in Markham offers both English and French Immersion programs from Infant (0 months) to Grade 8.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Sunrise Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed

Clearly not every public school is the same, but they are very often the source of a teen girl's first exposure to harmful influences, such drugs, alcohol, smoking, violence, promiscuity, and gossip. It's easy to feel lost among so many other students, and teachers and administrators are often so overwhelmed by large class sizes, lack of funding, and other managerial problems that there is little time to devote to students they feel are at risk, if they notice any developing problems at all.

That's how a local businessman from Stratford, Ontario felt when his daughter and her friends returned home from their public school and complained of such problems. He started the Nancy Campbell Collegiate Institute with an emphasis on leadership and world learning, and all of his daughter’s concerns about risky influences disappeared.

Private schools commonly offer close student-teacher relationships, tight-knit communities, and top-notch academic programs to ensure that a teen girl receives the guidance, comfort, and structure essential for a successful education. But sometimes problems are so overwhelming at home that a brand new community is what’s needed for a teen girl at risk. Private boarding schools like Pinehurst School in St. Catharines, Ontario or programs such as Venture Academy in Red Deer, Alberta, are designed specifically for troubled teens (see our guide to boarding schools for troubled teens). They specialize in rehabilitating teens at risk through their own home environment, staffed by professional therapists, councilors, medical doctors, and tutors to provide the best support and care for troubled teens possible.

It may be difficult to decide to send a teen girl away to a boarding school for at risk teens, but it may be well worth it in the end. The vast majority of Venture Academy graduates are able to turn their risky behaviour around upon their return home. And Venture Academy is not the only boarding school for teen girls at risk that has seen some substantial improvements in their students.

One At-risk Teen Girl: Becky

Take Becky for example. Upon entry into public school, she quickly became defiant of her parents and their rules—she skipped school, drank late into the night, and fought with her mother regularly. One day Becky saw the destructive path she was heading down, and realized she needed a change.

"I was afraid I was going to end up a nobody and that was my worst fearto be a failure," Becky said.

She and her mother decided on Rocklyn Academy in Meaford, Ontario. At risk of failing her courses at her previous school, Becky quickly rose to the ranks of “head girl” and will be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian at the University Of Guelph, complete with scholarship. Cassie, another teen girl at risk, also found the support she needed to turn her life around at Rocklyn. Her local school was a destructive community for her, where she fell into the wrong crowd, stopped going to class, and even developed a drug addiction. At Rocklyn Academy, they nurtured her love for science and medicine and gave her the confidence to pursue this field in university.

"They said to me, ‘You’re smart, you’re amazing, you can really do this,’” she said. “I was finally ready to accept help and it was here for me."

Canada has many effective boarding schools for teen girls at risk, ensuring there is a practical solution for any family dealing with a troubled teen girl. For a complete listing of such schools, click here. There are also private schools with adult skills programs.

Many families worry about the costs that come from private or boarding schools. However, in today’s society, boarding schools for teen girls at risk have realized that families who cannot afford high tuition rates are sometimes the families that need the most help. Therefore, they’ve made changes to become much more reasonable options for families across all economic backgrounds. Under Paying Private School Tuition we offer useful tips on how to finance a private school education for troubled teens.

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