Troubled Youth Boarding Schools

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  • Withdrawn From Family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 different options when looking for troubled youth boarding schools. At this point, you have probably tried nearly everything you can think of to help your teen. Things at his or her own public school are not going well, you have put them into therapy, and used every parenting strategy you can think of. Still, your teen is defiant and difficult to manage. If this is the case, you need to start looking at other options. It is important to have some basic information on some of the programs out there.

What is a boarding school for troubled youths?

These are specialty schools that also offer therapy. They operate much like a regular school, with traditional classes, specialty classes, sports, and art activities. Group and/or individual therapy is also part of the program. Some may also have family therapy as an option. These help give teens a change of environment and tend to be more structured than a regular public school. Keep in mind that since these schools are privately owned, you might find that the rules are different than what you are used to. Be sure to ask plenty of questions about the school credentials, regulations, philosophy, and visitation.

There are some common misconceptions about boarding schools for troubled teens. Traditional boarding schools are not the same. These are designed for high academic achievement or specialty programs like the arts. They are not intended for troubled teens. Also be aware that while a military school might work for some teens, they are not always the answer. The environment is highly structured, but they may not take students who are unwilling to go. The supervision level is also not usually high enough for troubled teens. Make sure you have all your information before choosing a program for your child.

How Do I Start?

It is best to have professionals who are familiar with this system work with you to find a program. Call Parent Resources for a free consultation. They can offer advice and knowledge about different options concerning programs for troubled youths. Every child and situation is unique, and selecting a school or program to address all your needs is very difficult. You need professionals who understand the options and can help navigate you through the selection process. Calling Parent Resources will give you an opportunity to find some of the answers to the questions you have about boarding schools for troubled teens.