Alternative And Boarding Schools In Iowa

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  • Withdrawn From Family


There are a number of behavioral issues that may have you contemplating sending your child to boarding schools in Iowa. Defiance, drug use, issues at school, and other problems often prompt parents to get help for their teen. If you are in this situation, there are some questions you need to ask potential schools.

Is therapy offered and is it included in the tuition?

When teens act out, there is almost always an underlying issue. Low self esteem, emotional trauma, or other mental problems are often the root cause. Therapy is used to get to the bottom of these issues. Because of this, it is important that therapy be a part of the treatment your teen receives. First, you need to find out if therapy is offered in the particular program. It can also help to learn what kind of therapy it is. Also ask if the therapy is included in the tuition. Sometimes it is, but other times it might not be. Boarding schools are privately owned, so their policies will vary. Just because one school includes therapy in the tuition price, it does not mean that all will do so. If therapy is not included, ask what the fee is. Your insurance may cover it, but ask in order to be sure.

Do they accept children on medication? Do they believe in medication?

As mentioned before, boarding schools are privately owned, which also means their philosophies will differ. This question is particularly important. If your child is on medication, you need to make sure the school is supportive of that. The nurse will have to dispense the medication and make sure your child is taking them. This requires that the school be supportive of medication. If your child is not on medication, you still want to know the school policy on it. The issue of medication may come up in treatment, and you need to know the school’s stance on it ahead of time.

Selecting a Boarding School

These are just a couple of questions you need to ask. Finding the right school for your teen requires that you investigate many other aspects of a program before signing him or her up. Because of this, it is best to have a professional help you. Call Parent Resources for a free consultation. They will help answer these questions and more about a multitude of schools, and help match your teen to the right program.