Alternative And Boarding Schools In Florida

Is the behavior of your child causing chaos in your family life?

Have you seen your child display any of the self-destructive behaviors listed below?

  • Drug Abuse
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Abrupt Change in Personality
  • Adoption Issues
  • Uncontrollable Anger
  • Manipulative
  • Skips School
  • Lying – Stealing
  • You can’t make me, attitude
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Legal Problems
  • Family Conflict
  • Cutting – Self-Harm
  • Substance Abuse
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Fighting – Violence
  • Can’t Keep Friends
  • Grades Have Fallen
  • School Suspensions
  • Gang Involvement
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Runs Away
  • Depression
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Sexually Active
  • Blatant Disregard of Rules
  • Hanging With the Wrong Crowd
  • Attempted or Threats of Suicide
  • Bullying
  • Smoking
  • I hate you, attitude
  • Poor Emotional Control
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Never at Fault
  • Eating Disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia)
  • Withdrawn From Family


Many teens become difficult to live with during their adolescent years, displaying negative and defiant attitudes and behavior in both their home and school environment. Boarding schools in Florida may provide a solution to helping troubled teens during this difficult time in their lives.

Boarding schools offer an alternative to the adverse influences of drugs, alcohol and crime found in many public high schools  today. In a boarding school, your teen will receive more personalized time and attention, giving him opportunities to grow and learn within a well structured environment.

What to Look for in a Boarding School

Boarding schools in Florida differ in structure, operation, costs and goals. When considering a Florida boarding school for your troubled teen, look for a reputable school that can meet his personal and academic needs.

A reputable school will be registered with the Florida Board of Education and employ certified teachers who are qualified for their field. The school should have a good academic standard, with a varied curriculum to interest and challenge your teen.

Many teens develop behavior problems due to lack of challenge and interest in their lives. Negative peer pressure, lack of attention at home, inability to adapt and emotional instability also contribute to negative behavior. A boarding school with conscientious and caring staff may be able to bring out the best in your teen so that he feels accepted and loved. Look for a school that has your teen’s best interest at heart with teachers who are willing to spend time listening, helping and encouraging the students under their care.

Rules and Regulations

Boarding schools are known for their strict schedules, rules and regulations. But this may not be exactly what your teen needs. When searching for the right Florida boarding school, do not fail to consider your teen’s personal needs. Choose a school that allows you and your teen to visit in advance, check out the premises and get a feel for the environment.

Talk to your teen and get his input and perspective. Check the school’s curriculum and extra curricular activities to see what sparks your teen’s interest. Meet some of the teachers and students to get their personal input and perspective.

Visitation is important for teens who are entering boarding school for the first time. Some schools limit visits from family and friends. This may alienate your teen from you even more. Your teen should not feel you are “abandoning” him, but that you are there for him whenever he has the need. Regular visitation may help break down barriers between you and open the line of communication once again.

Choosing a good boarding school may take time, but the end result of a happy, adjusted teen will be well worth your effort. For extra help on this topic, feel free to give us a call.