Boot Camps & Military Schools in Oklahoma

Military Schools and Boot Camps in Oklahoma

When your teen’s behavior is spiraling out of control, damaging his future and his relationships with others, it may be time to consider therapeutic or alternative boarding schools. But where can you turn for some good advice and a network of resources? Sometimes, help is just a phone call away. At HelpYourTeenNow, we’ll work with you over the phone to assess your child’s needs and recommend programs in your area. We’re a parent advocate group not affiliated with any school or facility. Our goal is to pass on the knowledge and information we’ve learned the hard way to you to make your family’s journey to harmony a success.

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

Serious teenage issues cannot be resolved with a few weeks at an outdoor boot camp, nor can the strict academic structure of a military school replace therapy. Military schools and boot camps are not capable of offering troubled teens the real help they need. Keeping your teen in a residential facility designed to treat adolescents and staffed with certified professionals is the way to real recovery. Avoid military schools and boot camps, and explore the other options available to families and teens who need help.

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School Style

Thunderbird Youth Academy


Military Academy

Hope Family Clinic


Residential Treatment Center

LifeStar of Oklahoma


Residential Treatment Center

Oklahoma Regulatory Laws

For any residential facility to operate legally in the state of Oklahoma, it must be licensed and regulated by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Private schools in Oklahoma do not need to be accredited, but the State Board of Education strongly encourages schools to do so (Okla. Stat. Title 70, §3-104). If the private school is accredited, it must hire certified teachers. Non-accredited schools do not need to comply with this regulation (Okla. Stat. Title 70, §6-189). Up-to-date immunization records are mandatory for all Oklahoma private schools (Okla. Stat. Title 70, §1210.191). A health program for each private school must be written out and available for review (State Regulation 210:35-3-107).

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


Statistics in the State of Oklahoma


Oklahoma children between the ages of 4-17 diagnosed each year with ADD/ADHD: 11% (2007 study, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007 Study).



For Oklahoma women between the ages of 15-19 years old: 50.6 and 64.2 per 1,000 women (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).



National suicide ranking: 15th. Number of deaths: 74 (crude rate of 13.9). (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010”;)



A 2009 report showed that 16.9% of Oklahoma teens abuse alcohol and 11.7% are binge drinking. Marijuana use in Oklahoma was 7.1% and illicit drug use was at 6.9%. (State Report, 2009, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.)



Juvenile arrests in Oklahoma for 2008 include 1,914 arrests for property crime, 202 arrests for violent crime, 614 arrests for drug abuse and 87 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, Oklahoma reported a 78 percent high school graduation rate. (Tulsa World, “Oklahoma needs to pick up pace on high school graduation rates, report says” By Kim Archer)


At HelpYourTeenNow, we work with you to figure out your options beyond signing up your child for the nearest military school or boot camp. When you have all the right information, you and your teen can make informed decisions rather than be persuaded by empty promises and less than reputable programs. HelpYourTeenNow gives you free phone consultations and we get all our information from other parents who have put their children through great programs, and from experts in the field of juvenile rehabilitation. You can’t afford to wait when your teen’s future, and maybe even his or her life, is on the line. HelpYourTeenNow wants to help families everywhere regain the peace and structure they once enjoyed.

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