Several years ago I put my own teenage son in a therapeutic school. That program was a big mistake. So after much research I found a great program and moved him there. After experiencing a bad program, and a good one, I decided to help other parents find great programs to possibly prevent the heartache and financial loss we experienced. Now I talk to dozens of parents daily, suggesting Christian boarding schools that can potentially best help their teenager. I visit these schools and we know the people there, and I receive regular reports from parents who have placed their teenager there. So I am in a unique position to help you in this important decision. There is NO CHARGE for this service. Just fill in the online inquiry form and I'll send more information about the best possible options for your child. -- Tamara Bolthouse
FOR PARENTS: Does My Teen Need a Christian Boarding School?
Heartlight is a year-round therapeutic boarding school that helps troubled teen boys and girls begin living a more fulfilling and less self-destructive lifestyle. Heartlight provides a safe and loving environment for teens with counseling and mentoring, along with therapeutic activities and school studies.
Promise Village is located on a 70-acre ranch where boys, ages 10-17, can overcome challenges, discover their strengths, grow in character, heal from hurts, restore family relationships, develop spiritually, and improve academically. It is a clinically sophisticated program of the highest quality in a home-like setting.
Arivaca Boys Ranch
Arivaca Boys Ranch is on a 23,000 acre property in Arizona that uses three powerful therapeutic tools to help teen boys get on a right path in life. First, a specialized form of equine therapy. Second, Arbinger Principles help provide a foundation for moving behavior from anger to positive motivational action. Third, counseling.
Clearview helps teenage girls who are struggling with life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, cutting, or depression. Clearview reinforces and builds self-discipline and self-respect, while developing a positive self-image. Clearview offers an array of highly skilled experienced professional therapists.
Columbus Girls Academy
Columbus Girls Academy is a lower cost but high quality school for teenage girls struggling with life-controlling problems. CGA offers a disciplined and structured therapeutic environment that emphasizes character development, spiritual growth and personal responsibility. Endorsed by Billy Graham.
Shepherds Hill Academy
Shepherd's Hill Academy is a Christ-centered therapeutic program and school located in Georgia. Uncompromising in its biblical approach, SHA holistically integrates the best therapeutic models, including a wilderness-style living experience, equine therapy, and fully accredited junior and senior high school.
Lakemont, New York
Freedom Academy is a low-cost Christian Boarding School that desires to see young men and women pursue a relationship with Jesus Christ while developing Godly character traits such as respect and integrity. Freedom Village provides the opportunity for students to gain a sense of accomplishment and to graduate high school after many have thrown away their academic career. Students draw great strength and encouragement from living in a positive, caring environment with clear structure.
Agape Boarding School
Agape is an affordable boarding school designed to counsel and care for troubled or rebellious teenage boys; also giving them a quality college prep education and offering competitive sports. Agape's campus is first-class, their approach is loving, and their belief is that a change of heart comes only from God.
Springboard Home for Youth in Crisis
Springboard Home is a short-term residential program for girls, providing the best care to teenage girls facing a crisis or struggling with self-destructive choices. As an extremely effective alternative to a year-long Christian boarding school, Springboard Home helps girls return quickly to a healthy state of mind so they can return home to their families and their regular academic pursuits.
Boise Girls Academy
Boise Girls Academy is uniquely equipped to help struggling teen girls who are spiraling out of control. We are a lower cost residential Christian boarding school that is part of Teen Challenge. We help teenage girls who have gotten off track in life with minor drug use, anger issues, girls who are hanging around with the wrong crowd, or have failing grades.
Wolf Creek Academy
Western North Carolina
Wolf Creek is a therapeutic boarding school for girls and for boys with behavioral or emotional problems. It also offers an accredited school program, including college preparatory education. Wolf Creek's highly trained counselors and staff have worked with struggling teenagers age 13-17 for over 20 years.
Safe Harbor is a Christian school for troubled boys, using the waterfront as a therapeutic and educational facility. Featured on the Hallmark Channel movie by the same name, it provides a safe, stable, structured environment where boys live aboard vessels, learning seamanship and scuba as well as getting an accredited education.
Wings of Faith Academy
The desire and goal of Wings of Faith Academy is to encourage and nurture respect, self-discipline, leadership, and creativity in the young girl's life, whether academic, religious, social, athletic, musical, or extracurricular. Wings of Faith Academy is a lower cost therapeutic program for teenage girls, located in Missouri.
Whetstone Boys Ranch
West Plains, MO
Whetstone Boys Ranch is a Christian therapeutic boarding school for boys age 13-17 located in West Plains, MO. Whetstone's program addresses behavioral issues such as anger, defiance, rebellion, lethargy and depression in teenage boys who are struggling.
Teen Challenge of Northwest Arkansas
Teen Challenge Ranch of NW Arkansas is dedicated to helping troubled boys get a new start in life. Boys aged 14-17 come to Teen Challenge from across the United States. We encourage them to apply faith-based solutions to life's problems, and we actively teach that a personal relationship with God is the primary means and source of power to change.
Vero Beach Boys Ranch
Vero Beach, Florida
A Christ-centered residential program and school for boys. We use male Christian role models in a 15-month process of bringing positive goals and purpose to boys who are struggling with life-controlling issues. The therapeutic and academic programs at Vero Beach give “at-risk teenagers” a new perspective and a new start toward a successful and fulfilling life.
Lakeland Grace Academy
Lakeland is a loving, relational, and affordable school for girls with life-controlling problems such as low self-esteem, depression, at-risk behavior and rebellion. At our school for girls we see renewed and rejuvenated hearts, restored families and relationships, and victories each day.
Gateway Freedom Ranch
Gateway Freedom Ranch is an accredited Christian boarding school focusing on emotional and behavioral health for younger girls age 9-13 who are struggling with anger, depression, defiance, or relationships. Girls learn personal discipline and an "others-centered" approach to life that help them develop healthier relationships, strong Christian values and essential life-skills.
Gateway Military Academy
Gateway offers competitive athletics (basketball, soccer, baseball), excellent academics, national and international tours, mission trips, meaningful community service projects, and therapy for both the resident and family.