Help Your Teen Now was created with the parents in mind. We know that coping with a troubled teen can be stressful and searching for the right alternative or therapeutic boarding school is a big decision. We want to take the guesswork out of your research. We have compiled the data that you need in order to make an informed decision on a school. Our team of experts and careful screening are designed to make the research process a little easier for you. Let us help you begin to put the pieces of your lives back together. Call us today to get started.
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Kansas Regulatory Laws
Officially, accreditation is optional for private schools in Kansas, although they can become accredited through the Kansas Board of Education. K.S.A. §72-7513(a)(3). Registration of nonpublic schools is mandatory, although Licensing is not and Approval is optional for schools below high school level. Approval is based on adherence to the criteria set out by the Kansas State Board of Education. K.S.A. 2007 Supp. §72-1111(f).
Teacher certification is mandatory at accredited schools, but is optional at non-accredited schools as long as they are “competent instructors”. K.S.A . §72- 7513(a)(4) and K.A.R. § 91-31-32(c)(5). Instructors at an accredited school must be evaluated in written form once a semester for their first two years. Thereafter, evaluations must take place yearly or once every three years, depending on the length of employment. K.S.A. 2007 Supp. §72-9003. Accredited private schools are required to teach reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, spelling, grammar, U.S. and Kansas history, civil government and citizenship, health and hygiene and other subjects as determined by the state board. K.S.A. §72-1101.
All students not previously enrolled in a Kansas school must present a valid health assessment prior to beginning school covering proof of basic health and immunizations. If they are exempt based on religious or medical reasons, signed paperwork must be submitted to the school. K.S.A. §72-5214. Private schools are subject to yearly safety inspections and fire drills must be held once a month in addition to three tornado drills per year. K.S.A. 2007 Supp. §31-133(a)(5), (8).
10.0 percent of children between 4 and 17 diagnosed per year. (2007 study, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007 Study).
Pregnancy rates for adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 in Kansas were between 40.9 and 49.8 per 1,000 women (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
Kansas ranks 13th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 60 deaths with a crude rate of 14.7. (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 9.6 percent of adolescents in Kansas, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. 7.3 percent regularly use marijuana and 4.4 percent use other types of illicit drugs. 17.2 percent of adolescents are current alcohol users and 11.7 percent engage in binge drinking. (State Report, 2009, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.)
In 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice reported the following juvenile arrest rates for for Kansas: 163 arrests for violent crime, 1,109 arrests for property crime, 472 arrests for Drug Abuse and 59 arrests for weapons violations. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
Kansas had an 83 percent statewide graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)
Once you call, we will administer a free evaluation for your teen. Based on the results, we will be able to help you individualize your child’s plan of care. Our services include everything from facility recommendation to advice on filling out paperwork correctly. We are not affiliated with any of the groups or organizations we endorse, so you can be assured that you are getting advice that is unbiased and based only on our experience. Selecting an alternative or therapeutic boarding school is a stressful decision for you as a parent, and we want to be your advocate. We have helped hundreds of families just like yours and we will be just as dedicated to helping you. Call us today!