Residential schools and programs for teens struggling with behavior and academics work to achieve two goals: improve problem behavior and improve grades.
Some programs are very similar to traditional boarding schools, with the additions of a more structured setting, therapy, and creative activities that emphasize positive behavior, personal responsibility, and meeting personal goals of excellence. Many therapeutic boarding schools specialize in learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD, ADD or behavioral issues that are interfering with your child's academic progress.
Some residential treatment programs help more significantly troubled teens, such as adolescents with substance abuse problems (alcohol and/or drugs), emotional problems, and such psychological issues as depression and oppositional defiant disorders. These residential treatment programs often allow the teen to continue school while recovering from the underlying behavioral, emotional, or substance abuse problem.
These troubled teen programs serve as an excellent resource for parents who know their teenager needs intervention for behavior or emotional problems but do not want their child to slip behind in school. Academic performance is as important as behavioral change in these programs. Adolescents often learn new skills and strategies to approach school work, turning around a history of failing school or performing below abilities.
The cost of these boarding schools and residential treatment centers ranges from around $3,500 to $7,500 a month.