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 in order to help them 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 have visited over 100 different programs across the country, and have professional relationships with the owners and staff. I also receive regular reports from parents who have placed their teenager, 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
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.
Lakeside Academy for Boys
Lakeside Academy for Boys is a high-quality, lower in cost Christ-centered residential program and boarding school for struggling boys, age 14-18, located in Buffalo, MN. The program includes licensed therapy, accredited academics, a beautiful campus and plenty of outdoor activities.
Thompson Falls, Montana
Reflections Academy is a small, homelike, yet highly-qualified Christian therapeutic boarding school for girls age 13-21 who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, or adoptive issues, among others. At a cost lower than most similar programs, the 12-14 month program focuses on helping girls remove negative, self-destructive beliefs about themselves and replacing them with positive, upbuilding beliefs which will in turn affect behavior.
Shelterwood Academy is a thoroughly high-quality Christian therapeutic boarding school with fully accredited education for struggling boys and girls age 13-18, located near Independence, MO. Take note that Shelterwood does accept students age 18 who will attend willingly and cooperatively, and who still need high school credit.
Prayer Mountain Boys Academy
Prayer Mountain Boys Academy is a Teen Challenge Adolescent program and Christian Boarding School for boys ages 13-17, located in Meansville, GA. Prayer Mountain is a Christian behavioral modification program for uniquely troubled teenage boys. Prayer Mountain works to help families facing puzzling behavioral challenges, anger, defiance, academic failure, as well as substance abuse and technology over-load.
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.
Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch
Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch 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.
Future Men is a Christian therapeutic boarding school and “hands on” vocational program for teenage boys age 15-20. The focus of the Future Men program is to train young men to put off childish behaviors and obsessions with trivial distractions in order to fully embrace the responsibilities and freedoms that come with true manhood.
Columbus Girls Academy
Columbus Girls Academy is a lower cost but high quality Christian boarding 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.
Whetstone Boys Ranch
Mountain View, MO
Whetstone Boys Ranch is a Christian therapeutic boarding school for boys age 11-15 located in Mountain View, MO. Whetstone's program addresses behavioral issues such as anger, defiance, rebellion, lethargy and depression in teenage boys who are struggling.
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.
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.
Elk Mountain Academy
Clark Fork, Idaho
Elk Mountain Academy is a family-owned Residential Treatment Center and Christian behavioral therapy program for boys age 13-18, specializing in dual diagnosis for drug/alcohol abuse and mood, personality, or mental health issues, located in Clark Fork, ID.
Ozarks Teen Challenge Boys Academy
Ozarks Teen Challenge Boys Academy is a 15-month therapeutic Christian boarding school and substance abuse rehab for boys age 11-17 who are struggling with life controlling issues or addictions, located in Branson, Missouri. Ozarks can also help teenage boys who are struggling with harder issues, a welcome opportunity for families who are having trouble placing their teenager in a program due to these issues.
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.
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.
Project Patch Youth Ranch
Garden Valley, Idaho
Project Patch Youth Ranch is a fully licensed, Joint Commission accredited 501c3 Non-profit organization located in Garden Valley, ID, offering residential treatment services and a therapeutic boarding school for boys or girls age 12-17. Project Patch is an excellent 12-15 month program offering affordable care and a low student-to-staff ratio.
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.
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.
Bloom, a Place for Girls
Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
Bloom, a Place for Girls is a short-term 3-5 month Teen Challenge residential program for girls ages 12-17, who are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, cutting, promiscuity and substance abuse. Located in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, Bloom focuses 100% on the health and growth of struggling teenage girls in an intensive program.
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.
Gateway Academy for Boys
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.
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.
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.
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.