Teen boot camp is just one program available for dealing with your troubled teen. There are several troubled teen programs you may wish to look at, to find which would be the best fit and most likely to work for your teenager.
Juvenile Boot Camp
These are accessed through the juvenile criminal justice system, usually as a result of a court order or sentence for a juvenile offender. They usually admit ‘mid-range’ offenders, that is, those who have been involved with the juvenile justice system before. They may have not performed well with lesser sanctions, like probation, but are not yet established criminals.
Juvenile boot camp programs typically exclude some types of offenders, but only a very few limit eligibility to those who are non-violent or first-time offenders. Most have determined that youth in their mid- to late-teens are the appropriate age group for this type of sanction. This is not an optional choice, instead attendance is compulsory as part of a juvenile court order.
Boarding School for Troubled Teens
Unlike traditional schools, boarding schools for troubled teenagers offer programs that are designed to help struggling and troubled kids. These programs feature very small class sizes, typically 1:5 student to teacher ratio or smaller, depending on the situation. This allows for highly individualized modes of instruction that accounts for the student’s pace in learning and promotes a mentoring approach that helps build a close teacher-student relationship.
Also, boarding schools for troubled teens offer a myriad of after school programs and extracurricular activities that are designed to enhance or to supplement learning and development, as well as open up positive avenues of interest for the students. For example, the reading club will help build interest in reading among teens, and the dance club will help those that need physical conditioning. Academic help programs, such as one on one tutoring sessions, are also available.
In choosing a school for your troubled kid, make sure your choices are properly accredited by any of the major accrediting bodies. If not, chances are your choice has not been properly tested or has failed in quality assurance testing. Do not choose boarding schools without proper accreditation as some colleges and universities reject credits earned from boarding schools under unrecognized accreditation organizations.
Residential Treatment Centres for Teens
The troubled teen residential treatment center or RTC is for adolescents who are struggling with substance abuse issues. This can include illegal drugs, prescription drugs and/or alcohol. Treatment centers are usually staffed by doctors and nurses and are based in a clinical, healthcare setting. These type of centers are also available for teens struggling with mental health issues such as teens with eating disorders, depression, or a diagnosis of mental illness. These centers are more appropriate for teens than placing them in adult orientated units. If you have concerns that your teen is using drugs visit our ‘Signs of a Troubled Teen‘ page for more advice.
Military Boarding Schools
Traditional Military Schools are not usually an appropriate placement for a troubled, defiant, disrespectful teen. Most Military Schools for teens will only accept students who are successful at their required interview and who are willing and able to accept the strict conditions of a military school. For this reason a teen with behavioural problems or out of control behaviour would not be appropriate.