Boarding School

Boarding Schools

This site does not focus on traditional teen boarding schools.  The reason is the site is focused on residential treatment in its various forms and all of the programs have various types of integrated treatment.  If you are looking for a traditional boarding schools there are many different types around the United States—they range in size, academic rigor, admissions season (rolling vs. deadline driven), clubs or sports teams offered, co-ed vs. single sex, religious vs. non denominational, therapeutic support (or not), Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum vs. International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum to varying types of applications that are accepted for admission. Within the vast differences their common goal is to get their students into college.


Some of these traditional teen boarding schools will accept applications from students who have attended residential treatment programs, hospital settings, or wilderness therapy programs. These schools will have less supervision and oversight than the step down or transitional programs.  The key to a student’s application and possible admission generally hinges on successful completion of the program and the student’s ownership of all the relevant challenges.  These schools value the emotional growth that the student brings to the community and to their new peers, recognizing that most teens have not had an opportunity to grapple with their impulses and develop longer-term goals like a student does at a residential treatment program or in wilderness therapy.


The transition to a boarding school provides the family with structured support around school that is not available in a public or a day school setting and parents do not feel pressure to help manage homework and the stress that exists around school.  (When the child comes home for vacations, it is a true vacation.)  Another advantage to using a boarding school for a teen - while the family system shifts profoundly in treatment, the neighborhood at home has not.  It is extremely difficult for a child to resist previous patterns.  Going to a teen boarding school post treatment creates an opportunity to have continued success in a community that is safer for the teen.