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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Toronto, Ontario — Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12. Our educational process is Beyond the Books! Education as it should be. View School Profile.


  • Character Education
  • Free Before/After School Program
  • Weekly Swimming Lessons
  • Early start French Classes
  • Art & Music & Drama
Grades:
PS to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Liberal Arts
Tuition:
$7,000 to $16,000
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
350
Avg. Class:
10 to 15
Bond Academy 7000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
 
 

Langley, British Columbia — Whytecliff is a safe, empathetic & supportive place for teens with a diverse range of learning needs / personal challenges. Our positive community & high-growth environment pulls each child up to be their very best! View School Profile.


  • Safe, empathetic, supportive community for students with a diverse range of learning needs
  • Low student-to-educator ratio of less than 5:1 lets us really get to know you
  • Each child gets a personalized program tailored to their unique gifts, strengths, and talents
  • Dual-accredited as both an independent school and a Positive Youth Development program
  • Kids love it here! On average, student attendance doubles (vs. previous learning environment)
Grades:
8 to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Progressive
Tuition:
$8,900 to $19,500
Living:
Homestay/Day
Enrollment:
47
Avg. Class:
3 to 6
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres 8900 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Wellandport, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • $64,200 to $68,200

Robert Land Academy, established in 1978, is a private military-inspired boarding school (Gr 5-12) helping boys to experience validation, realize their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
Robert Land Academy 64200 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys
  • Belleville, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $28,944 to $83,937

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

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning 28944 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $13,150 to $20,900

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 13150 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Amaranth, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,895 to $11,745

The Maples is an established private IB World School in Orangeville, Ontario providing exemplary education for students (Pre-School to Grade 8). Daily French instruction in PS and Kindergarten with an academic focus.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
The Maples Academy 9895 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Finch Ave. W./Bathurst St.
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $9,250 to $16,000

CAA has been serving the GTA for over 65 years. Our students learn through a strong academic curriculum, community engagement and alumni mentorship – with a 98% acceptance rate to the University of their first choice.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Crawford Adventist Academy 9250 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Kipling/Evans
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,000 to $65,000

New Haven is a leading private school and non-profit centre supporting individuals with ASD and their families year-round. Our focus centres on growing potential and changing the lives of those with ASD to SOAR.

  • Day
  • Progressive
New Haven Learning Centre 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $29,300

Located in the heart of Toronto, McDonald International Academy offers programs for grades 9 to 12 . Our average class size is 10 to 20 students.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
McDonald International Academy 10000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $9,000 to $16,000

We identify the experiences that facilitate education that empowers the individual and fosters a community of collaborative contributors through interdisciplinary, integrated integrated projects.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Westmont Montessori School 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills/Leslie
  • NS to 12 Girls/Coed
  • $15,000 to $40,000

Hawthorn School is located in Toronto. We offer a co-ed toddler-SK program and an all girls program for grade 1- grade 12. Our unique mentoring program is tailored to help students reach their full potential.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Hawthorn School 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Day Girls Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/Eglinton
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $13,500 to $21,500

We go beyond curriculum expectations to provide opportunities for students to earn admission into their choice of university using our AP accreditation, staff expertise and individual goal setting in small classes.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Toronto STEM School 13500 HighSchools Day Homestay 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
  • Unionville, Ontario
    Brimley Road/14th Ave
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $7,750 to $12,900

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

  • Day
Yip’s Music & Montessori School 7750 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Brampton, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $445 to $545 /course

Ontario eSecondary School (OES) offers fast, flexible and fully online courses supported by certified staff with free 24/7 tutoring. 8/10 of our students achieve over 85% in their course(s).

  • eSchool
  • Traditional
Ontario eSecondary School 445 HighSchools eSchool Coed
  • Scarborough, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/Progress Avenue
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $16,775 to $17,200

Enquiring Minds Montessori is a one-of-a-kind Montessori Art School. We have created a unique learning experience that fosters academic and artistic excellence in a nurturing environment while challenging young minds.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Enquiring Minds Montessori 16775 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Wellington Street/Central Avenue
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $18,200

Sycamore School offers grades 8-12 personalized education in an alternative program that addresses the needs of secondary school students who may thrive in a small community of learners while working toward graduation.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
The Sycamore School 18200 HighSchools Day Coed
  • London, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $9,000 to $16,449

LCH is the only full-service independent high school in London. Through a Christian worldview, we offer the OSSD, OFSAA sports, extracurriculars, travel opportunities, and authentic learning experiences.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
London Christian High 9000 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Brantford, Ontario
    North Park/Fairview
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $7,900 to $12,600

Central Baptist Academy began as a ministry of Central Baptist Church Brantford in 1978. It's purpose is to provide a regular academic course of study for students, with instruction from a definite Christian world view.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Central Baptist Academy 7900 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
    St. John Sideroad/Yonge St.
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $14,800 to $21,600

Aurora Montessori offers an enriched Montessori program for students, Toddler to Grade 8, with an option of an OSSD credit in Grade 9 Math. A unique Mindfulness and Technology program develops key 21st-century skills!

  • Day
  • Montessori
Aurora Montessori School 14800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Milton, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $12,000 to $13,895

At Oxford Learning Academy, our teachers will use the proven scientific approach of Cognitive Development to teach our students new ways of thinking and understanding what they are learning and how they are learning.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Oxford Learning Academy (Private School) 12000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Franklin Ave/Yonge St
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $9,900 to $13,200

Don Valley Academy is a private high school whose primary aim is to prepare our students for post-secondary studies. We are dedicated to providing educational programs that meet the individual needs of each student.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Don Valley Academy 9900 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Denison/Warden
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • $10,500 to $16,500

Our curriculum are designed to build essential skills and concepts that help with the cognitive, social, creative, emotional, and physical development of your child with the aim to be a successful learner for life!

  • Day
  • Montessori
Sunrise Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Richmond Street/King Street
  • 9 to 12 Coed/Girls
  • $25,600 to $32,000

A Canadian Private Secondary Boarding school, located in the heart of London, Ontario. LIA is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
London International Academy 25600 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Coed Girls
  • Brampton, Ontario
    Bramlea Road/Clark Blvd
  • NS to K Coed
  • $9,950 to $14,000

Alder Ridge offers 21st century education. Our innovative learning initiatives are founded in the Montessori Philosophy. We offer a student led, self paced learning environment that holistically supports all areas.

  • Day
Alder Ridge Academy 9950 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Beamsville, Ontario
    Exit 64/QEW
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $11,300 to $39,400

Grade 9-12 students are encouraged to be confident servant-leaders. Student diversity provides a global perspective of life and faith. Great Lakes' graduates are accepted by colleges and universities of their choice.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Great Lakes Christian High School 11300 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $16,995 to $22,095

Blyth Academy Orbit is our newest campus, offering grades 5 to 12. It revolves around the same principles and academic structure as our physical schools, but operates in the virtual space.

  • eSchool
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy Orbit 16995 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Avenue Road/Lawrence Avenue
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $17,175

Through our dynamic individual education plans, mentorship, and therapeutic counselling we ensure all students feel comfortable, respected and cared for, so they stay actively engaged in their educational journey.

  • Day
  • Progressive
AVRO Academy 17175 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Cambridge, Ontario
    Franklin Blvd/Myers Road
  • K to 9 Coed
  • $26,000

OAK BRIDGE ACADEMY is an alternative, not-for-profit school. Our highest priority is to provide financially accessible, highly specialized education to every child with learning exceptionalities.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Oak Bridge Academy 26000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Donald St/Frances St
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,700 to $11,200

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 9700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Islington/Kingsway
  • K to 8 Coed
  • $16,000

mindwerx4kids belief is that each person's combination of talents is distinctive. We provide an enriched curriculum with an individualized learning approach that incorporates a student's strengths to make learning fun!

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Mindwerx4Kids Day School 16000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    QEW Highway/403 Highway
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,850 to $19,680

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

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Walden International School 9850 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Bayfield, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $299 to $939 /course

After 20 years of teaching courses online, VHS is unrivaled in experience, credibility, and expertise. Our student-centred model provides a world-class educational experience for thousands of Ontario students each year.

  • eSchool
  • Traditional
Virtual High School 299 HighSchools eSchool Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Bloor/Shaver
  • PS to 5 Coed
  • $6,600 to $12,000

Kingsley's small classes and personal approach help students reach their unique potential. Each child is seen, heard, and respected. French, music, and phys-ed round out a program which includes plenty of time outdoors.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Reggio Emilia
Kingsley Primary School 6600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St/Sheppard Ave
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $399 to $549 /course

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

  • eSchool
  • Traditional
Ontario Virtual School 399 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road/Mississauga Road
  • 11 to 12 Coed
  • $200 to $550 /course

The OOS is a 21st Century school that prepares students for a 21st Century Economy. To us, teaching students Curriculum based Skills is as important as helping them develop the 21 Century Competencies tomorrow needs.

  • eSchool
  • Progressive
Ontario Online Schools Network 200 eSchool Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Ridley Road/Henrietta Street
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $22,950 to $79,815

Ridley College is an acclaimed co-educational IB 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 22950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Burnhamthorpe Rd. W/Neyagawa Blvd.
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $17,600

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.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
King's Christian Collegiate 17600 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,300 to $16,490

Meadow Green Academy provides a strong Christian education in a nurturing environment. Strong academics combined with sports, enriched music, visual arts, and dramatic arts programs provide a well-rounded experience

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Meadow Green Academy 9300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Richmond, British Columbia
    Lansdowne Road/Kwantlen Street
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $22,000 to $37,950

MLWS-KPU offers a truly unique high school experience. Students receive the support and community of small high school classes along with the academic opportunities of learning within world-class university facilities.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada 22000 Day Boarding Day Coed
  • Wilcox, Saskatchewan
    Railway Ave/Rouleau St
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $11,000 to $54,600

Notre Dame is a private, independent co-educational high school with an exceptional educational & boarding experience with a balance of strong academic, athletic and spiritual growth in a safe & caring prairie community.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame 11000 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Woodbridge, Ontario
    Kipling/Highway 7
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $18,600 to $24,000

Each student is unique. Why be just a number when you can be valued for who you are? We enfold, engage and empower every student in a safe, friendly, and supportive learning community. It's where you belong!

  • Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Toronto District Christian High School 18600 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave. West
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $15,500 to $17,500

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  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Waldorf
Alive Montessori & Private School 15500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Erda, Utah
    Droubay Rd/Erda Way
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • US $120,000

Alpine Academy isn't just a school, it is an experience that prepares young women for life beyond our campus. Students learn to engage in not only academics, but also family, community, and interpersonal relationships.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
Alpine Academy 120000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Girls
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Walkers Line/Fairveiw Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $14,000 to $20,000

Ashwood Glen offers a Montessori program for children aged 18months - 6 yrs. The Grades 1 - 8 Learning Program applies the IB framework to extend the learning outcomes of the Ontario curriculum.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Ashwood Glen 14000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ancaster, Ontario
    Rymal Road West/Glancaster Road
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $18,125

HDCH, founded in 1956, is imaginative, innovative & interwoven with our essential Biblical identity. Our programs are designed to challenge a wide range of learners. We welcome local and international students!

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Hamilton District Christian High 18125 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Dundas/Erin Mills
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $11,000 to $14,000

USCA Academy is a leading Canadian international School and private schoo for local and international students The School offers Elementary School Program(Grade1-8), Ontario Secondary School Diploma Program(Grade 9-12).

  • Day
  • Traditional
USCA Academy 11000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St/Davisville Ave
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $1,900 to $4,000 /course

Every student has the ability to learn and achieve academic success. Through our subject specialist teachers, City Academy is committed to helping students reach their full potential with flexible, small-class learning.

  • Day
  • Traditional
City Academy 1900 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Rosthern, Saskatchewan
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $3,950 to $27,500

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

  • Homestay/Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Rosthern Junior College High School 3950 Homestay Boarding Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Baseline Rd./Woodroffe Ave.
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $13,083 to $21,240

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, a not-for-profit independent school in Ottawa, provides an authentic Christian Montessori approach for children 3 months to 14 years.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School 13083 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Brockville, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $2,000 to $61,413

Our intercultural environment offers an individualized approach to learning and highly differentiated instruction, with emphasis on STEM+A & AP courses. Our students enjoy a dynamic academic & residential life program.

  • Boarding/eSchool/Day
  • Progressive
Fulford Academy 2000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding eSchool 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 mood disorders & anxiety disorders, behavioural challenges, substance misuses, ADHD, ADD and ODD

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) 1 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    University Ave./Dundas street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,800 to $26,000

Cornerstone students love to shape the future. They INSPIRE learning, DISCOVER their potential, EMPOWER themselves to be innovative citizens. Our boundless learning strategies open doors for successful learning.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School 15800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Bathurst/Wilson
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $20,000 to $26,000

Magnificent Minds Inc. caters to students whose needs are not being met in traditional school environments, pursuing personal best through a balanced approach to education.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Magnificent Minds 20000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Gretna, Manitoba
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $6,285 to $26,435

Faith is at the center of all we do at MCI- from the court, to the stage, to the classroom. We work to provide a safe space for students to ask questions, dig deeper, grow into who God is calling them to be.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Mennonite Collegiate Institute 6285 HighSchools Boarding 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
  • St Catharines, Ontario
    Ontario St./Welland Ave.
  • NS to 12 Coed/Girls
  • $350 to $5,200

Heuristic & autodidactic, inspired by Sudbury & democratic models. Students are self-directed, holistically empowered. Voluntary attendance, year-round calendar, agency, & consent inspire free learning.

  • Day/eSchool/Boarding/Homestay
  • Progressive
Agate Private School 350 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Boarding eSchool Homestay Coed Girls
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Erin Mills Parkway/Battleford Rd
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $15,000

We offer a specialized program focusing on the core subjects of language and math, incorporating cognitive activities and therapies for students with learning difficulties to help them learn and succeed.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Vianney Academy 15000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • K to 1 Coed
  • $35,000

The only Kindergarten that will prepare your child with special needs to grade one,we are using the Miller Method and DIR/FloorTime.our ratio is 1:4 student.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Waldorf
ACK-Autism Centre for kids 35000 Kindergarten Elementary 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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