It is commonly thought that when a teen is troubled beyond the help of his or her parents, a rule based, highly rigid boot camp or military school is in order to correct destructive behavior. However, there are many differences between the types of programs that are available for your family and understanding them fully is the best path to making the right choice. At Help Your Teen Now, our mission is to educate and inform parents who are looking at behavior correcting options. We offer a free consultation and assessment to determine what your specific needs are as well as direct you to the proper resources. We want to be your advocate in finding the best solution for your family.
Boot Camps Are Not The Best Option for Troubled Teens from Alaska
There are several reasons why a military school or boot camp may not be the best option for your teen. One of the misconceptions about these programs are that they exist to correct excessive behavior through rigid rules and military style structure. However, military schools are intended to both provide a superior education and prepare students for life in the armed services. Troubled students with self destructive behavior issues will not be allowed to stay. Boot camps follow a similar agenda, minus the education, and adopt a military approach to participants in order to frighten teens into respecting authority. Although these types of programs may be a reasonable start to a longer term therapeutic program, the results are usually short lived and do not address the root of the problem with your child. We strongly recommend that you have your teen assessed in order to determine what kind of therapeutic program will be most likely to generate long term success. We can help. Call us today!
Alaska Regulatory Laws
Private institutions in Alaska may become accredited through the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, however, it is not required. Alaska Stat.§14.07.020(10). Private schools are exempt from state education requirements as long as they comply with Alaska Stat.§§14.45.100, although state safety and health provisions still apply. Alaska Stat.§14.45.100.
Teacher certification is required for exempt schools but not non-exempt schools. All private schools must offer a curriculum comparable to that offered and regulated by public schools in the state. Alaska Stat. §14.30.010(b)(1). The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development prescribes regulation standards for safety and health within private schools. Alaska Stat. §14.07.020(7). Safety drills must be conducted at least once a month. Alaska Stat. §14.03.140.
Alaska children between the ages of 4-17 diagnosed each year with ADD/ADHD: 9.2% (2007 study, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007 Study). http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/prevalence.html
For Alaska adolescent women between the ages of 15 and 19: 50.9 – 49.8 per 1,000. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
National suicide ranking: 1st. Number of deaths in individuals between the ages of 15-24 in 2010: 49 deaths (crude rate 46.0) (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
In a 2009 report, it showed that 14% of Alaska a teens abuse alcohol and marijuana use was at 11.1%. (State Report, 2009, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.) http://www.samhsa.gov/data/States_In_Brief_Reports.aspx
Juvenile arrests in Alaska for 2008 included, 1,655 arrests for property crime, 272 arrests for violent crime, 340 arrests for drug abuse and 42 arrests for weapons violations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
For the 2010-2011 school year, Alaska reported a 68% high school graduation rate. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)http://www.governing.com/gov-data/high-school-graduation-rates-by-state.html
Please contact us if you are considering a military school or boot camp for your struggling teen. There are a variety of options that promote a long term solution for behavior modification. Alternative and therapeutic boarding schools can offer both a quality education as well as therapy services designed to address the root of the problem with your child. Military school and boot camp are not your only options for reversing the pattern of bad or concerning behavior. We offer a free consultation and assessment to get you on your way to putting your family back on track. Call us today to get started.