Boot Camps & Military Schools in Maine

Boot Camps & Military Schools in Maine

If you are parenting a teen whose behavior has gone beyond your ability to control, you may have received advice that a military school or juvenile boot camp is the solution. It is important for you to understand the differences and requirements in these programs in order to make a decision that will be the most beneficial for your family. At Help Your Teen Now, we are experienced in helping families just like yours become educated about their options and obtain information and resources that will be most valuable. We offer a free consultation and family assessment in order to help guide you toward the knowledge you need in order to move forward in healing your family. Call us today.

Boot Camps Are Not The Best Option for Troubled Teens from Maine

Although the rules and structure of a military camp may seem the most ideal option for your at-risk teen, there are many factors and misconceptions to consider first. For instance, military camps are not generally designed to correct bad behavior. They are academic institutions that prepare students for an officer career in the military. Students who refuse to respect authority will most likely be asked to leave. Boot camps and military camps are short term, remedial facilities that are both non-academic and non-therapeutic. Although the military based structure can be effective for a short time, long term success is unlikely. Further, many of these camps are under-regulated and engage in questionable methods. At Help Your Teen now, we encourage parents to consider an option with a therapeutic base in order to get to the bottom of what is causing the behavior issues in your child. Therapeutic boarding schools and alternative high schools are proven to have a much higher success rate for behavior modification, while keeping kids on track educationally. Contact us today to explore the options in your area.

School Name
Category
Ages
School Style

Summit Achievement

Details

Coed
13-19
Wilderness and Transitional Program

Ironwood Maine

Details

Coed
13-19
Therapeutic School and Wilderness Program

Freestate Challenge Academy

Details

Coed
9-12
Military School

Herman High JROTC

Details

Coed
9-12
Military Program

Nokomis High JROTC

Details

Coed
9-12
Military Program

Outward Bound Hurricane Island

Details

Coed
Wilderness Program

Bonneville Canyon

Details

Coed
18+
Wilderness Program

Maine Regulatory Laws

Approval and recognition by the Maine Department of Education is mandatory, however accreditation is optional. Nonpublic schools must meet the attendance, health and safety standards as determined by the state. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. Title 20-A, §2902. Periodic review of nonpublic schools by the commissioner is necessary to maintain yearly approval status. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. Title 20-A, §258-A.

 

With the exception of those schools accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, teachers and instructors must be approved by the commissioner. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. Title 20-A, §§ 2901, 13003. Chief administrators employed by nonpublic schools are required to hold a principal’s certificate. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. Title 20-A, §13019-B.

 

Nonpublic school curriculum must be approved by the commissioner. It is required to include instruction in reading, writing, spelling, grammar, library instruction, math, science, art, drama, American and local history as well as social studies. Each school must also implement a drug and alcohol awareness program. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. Title 20-A, §§2902.3, 4706, 4711.

All new students must show proof of immunization or official paperwork for exemption. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. Title 20-A, §6353.3, 4, 6. Students in nonpublic schools are entitled to the same health benefits as public school students, including: physician, nursing, dental and optometric services. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. Title 30-A, §5724.7.
All new students must show proof of immunization or official paperwork for exemption. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. Title 20-A, §6353.3, 4, 6. Students in nonpublic schools are entitled to the same health benefits as public school students, including: physician, nursing, dental and optometric services. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. Title 30-A, §5724.7.

Reference: http://www2.ed.gov/admins/comm/choice/regprivschl/regprivschl.pdf

Statistics for At-Risk Maine Teens
ADD/ADHD

9.6%

Maine children between the ages of 4-17 diagnosed each year with ADD/ADHD: 9.6% (2007 study, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007 Study).http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/prevalence.html

TEEN PREGNANCY

29.4

For Maine adolescent women between the ages of 15 and 19: 16.4 – 29.4 per 1,000 (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study). http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6006a6.htm?s_cid=mm6006a6_e%0d%0a

TEEN SUICIDE

11th

National suicide ranking: 11th. Number of deaths in individuals between the ages of 15-24 in 2010: 25 deaths (crude rate 14.9). (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;) http://www.suicidology.org/c/document_library/get_file?folderId=262&name=DLFE-629.pdf

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

17.5%

In a 2009 report, it showed that 17.5% of Maine teens abuse alcohol and 10% engage in binge drinking. Marijuana use was at approximately 13,000 kids per month and other illicit drug use was approximately 6,000 kids per month. (State Report, 2009, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.) http://www.samhsa.gov/data/States_In_Brief_Reports.aspx

VIOLENT CRIME

2151

Juvenile arrests in Maine for 2008 included, 1,622 arrests for property crime, 66 arrests for violent crime, 428 arrests for drug abuse and 35 arrests for weapons violations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009). https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/228479.pdf

GRADUATION RATES

84%

For the 2010-2011 school year, Maine reported an 84% high school graduation rate. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011) http://www.governing.com/gov-data/high-school-graduation-rates-by-state.html

Summary

Military school and boot camp are not your only options to correct behavior in your teen. We can help you explore a variety of options that offer a better chance at long term solutions. Alternative and therapeutic boarding school facilities provide an academic environment,while staff therapists work individually with the students to determine and heal the root of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms. Call us today to take the free family assessment and discuss your options to start on the path of reversing your child’s self destructive behavior.

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