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What is a Boarding School?


Boarding schools are independent, college preparatory schools that provide housing facilities for students and faculty. A boarding school is sometimes referred to as an "intentional community" because the faculty and staff at boarding schools work very hard to create an environment for students that is safe, academically challenging, active, and fun.

Boarding schools are well known for their academic excellence. With small class sizes, diverse curricula, and individual attention from teachers and advisors, the boarding school experience gives students many distinct advantages. Boarding school students acquire the abilities that help ensure success in college and in life.

Educational enrichment is the cornerstone of a boarding school. Founded on the premise of preparing students scholastically for college, traditional boarding institutions place much value on academic and/or athletic success, and require a certain performance level from their student population. Adolescents are expected to be motivated, accomplished, and willing to take advantage of the opportunities available to them, and much emphasis is placed on personal character and integrity. Acceptance into traditional programs is usually based on records academic and intellectual promise. Students must exhibit enthusiasm and a strong desire to contribute to campus life. Students who attend such programs are bright, motivated, and responsible, with few behavior problems or issues. Expectations are high, and tolerance for acting out behaviors is low.

Types of Boarding Schools


Boarding Schools must first be put into two categories:
Will accept troubled teens
Will not accept troubled teens

Both of these categories consist of different types of schools which include: military, Christian, specialty, private, all girls, all boys, and Co-educational boarding schools. There are hundreds of boarding schools in the United States but many of them are NOT geared toward helping troubled teens.

Types of Boarding Schools
Military Boarding Schools Schools follow a military structured schedule and often require uniforms and drill practices.
Christian Boarding Schools Schools usually focus on a certain religion, emotional growth, and spiritual growth.
Therapeutic boarding schools Focuses on the emotional, behavioral, psychological, academic, and creative needs of each student. Most offer group and individual therapy.
Specialty Boarding School These schools usually target a specific teen problem such as, defiant behavior, drug / alcohol abuse, behind in school, etc.

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  • What is a Troubled Teen Boarding School Like?

    Most boarding schools for troubled teens are very similar to traditional boarding schools, with the additions of a more structured setting and supervision, therapy or counseling, and creative activities that emphasize positive behavior, personal responsibility, and meeting personal goals of excellence.

    These boarding schools are centered around helping teens with certain problems, such as adolescents with substance abuse (alcohol and/or drugs), emotional problems, defiant behavior, and other issues such as depression and oppositional defiance disorders. Many of these boarding schools will specialize in learning disabilities such as dyslexia ADHD, ADD, and ODD.

    These programs can be an excellent place for teenagers whose parents know their teenager needs intervention for behavior or emotional problems and do not want their child to slip behind in school. Academics as well as behavioral change are a major focus for these specialty boarding schools. Troubled teens often learn new skills and strategies to approach school work, turning around a history of failing school or performing below abilities. All teens have the ability to succeed and these boarding schools can help them.

    Boarding schools that accept troubled teens range in price between $4,000 to $5,000 per month.
    Some offer different types of student loans and other types of financial aid. Getting a student loan can make payments as low as $400 per month.

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