Boot Camps & Military Schools in Washington

Military Schools and Boot Camps in Washington

Military school and highly structured boot camps may seem like the answer to your teen’s bad behavior that probably includes defiance, substance abuse, violence or threats of violence and depression. HelpYourTeenNow is a parent advocate group that wants to make your search for the right teen therapeutic program as informative and accurate as possible. We can provide answers to your questions, because we’ve been in your exact same position with our own children. Before you commit to a military school or teen boot camp program, give us a call to see if that is really the right program for your child.

Military Schools and Boot Camps Aren’t the Best Option for Troubled Teens

There are actually many other options for at-risk teens than military schools and boot camps. These programs are not designed to really help teens recover from the deeper issues that may be causing the poor behavior. Military schools are legitimate academic institutions, while boot camps are generally private programs designed to push teens into compliance via strict structure and extreme physical activities. Neither of these options are successful in treating teens for the long term and don’t have actual therapists on staff. Choose programs that have proven their approaches really work.

School Name
Category
Ages
School Style

Washington Youth Academy

Details

Co-ed
16-19
Residential Treatment Center

Rites of Passage NW

Details

Co-ed
13-17
Wilderness Therapy Camps

Gray Wolf Ranch

Details

Boys
14-25
Residential Treatment Center

Skyland Ranch

Details

Boys
12-17
Wilderness Camps/Residental

Washington Regulatory Laws

Facilities that provide treatment, therapy and residential services to juveniles must be licensed by the Residential Treatment Facility, which is a part of the Washington Department of Health.

Any treatment facility that includes an academic program as a private school is not required to become accredited (RCW 28A.305.130(5). Any teachers at such schools must hold a state certificate, however (RCW 28A.195.010(3). The curriculum of privates schools throughout Washington state must include all subjects that will make it possible for students to meet the state board of education graduation requirements (RCW 28A.195.010(7)(8) et seq.)

(U.S. Department of Education, State Regulation of Private Schools, 2009)

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

Statistics for At-Risk Washington Teens
ADD/ADHD

9.5%

Washington children between the ages 4-17 diagnosed each year with ADD/ADHD: 9.5 % (2007 study, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007 Study). http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/prevalence.html

TEEN PREGNANCY

39%

For Washington women between 15-19 years old: 30.7 and 39.0 per 1,000 women. (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

19th

National suicide ranking: 19th. Number of deaths: 115 (crude rate of 12.5). (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

18%

In a 2009 report, it showed that 18% of Washington teens abuse alcohol and 11.7% are binge drinking. Marijuana use in Washington teens was 8% and other illicit drug use was at 4.8%. (State Report, 2009, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.) http://www.samhsa.gov/data/States_In_Brief_Reports.aspx

VIOLENT CRIME

2641

Juvenile arrests in Washington for 2008 include 1,760 arrests for property crime, 248 arrests for violent crime, 507 arrests for drug abuse and 126 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

76%

For the 2010-2011 school year, Washington reported a 76% high school graduation rate. (U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011) http://www.governing.com/gov-data/high-school-graduation-rates-by-state.html

Summary

At-risk teens need to learn new and better ways of approaching the challenges and obstacles that life has in store for them, and military schools and boot camps do not teach these. Instead, we’ll guide you toward workable residential solutions during our free consultation. HelpYourTeenNow will advise you on your options and give you the best recommendations for your teen that exist in your area. Your teen will get the structure, discipline and therapy all in a supervised setting designed to nurture, not degrade. Call HelpYourTeenNow to start your quest getting your teen’s life and future back on track.

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