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.
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)
Oklahoma children between the ages of 4-17 diagnosed each year with ADD/ADHD: 9.9% (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011 Study). https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/prevalence.html
In 2016, there were 4,299 live babies born to women under 20, ranking Oklahoma 2nd in the nation for teen pregnancy. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2016 Study). https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/facts-and-stats/national-and-state-data-sheets/adolescent-reproductive-health/oklahoma/index.html
Oklahoma ranks 8th in the nation for suicide. (CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control) https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/population-health/us-states-ranked-by-suicide-rate.html
A 2011 report showed that 32% of Oklahoma teens abuse alcohol and 14% are binge drinking. Marijuana use in Oklahoma was 33% and illicit drug use was at 4%. (State Report, 2011, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.) https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/facts-and-stats/national-and-state-data-sheets/adolescents-and-substance-abuse/oklahoma/index.html
Juvenile arrests in Oklahoma for 2018 include 22 arrests for property crime, 64 arrests for violent crime, 274 arrests for drug abuse and 35 arrests for weapons violations ((Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2018). https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/qa05103.asp?qaDate=2017
For the 2014-2015 school year, Oklahoma reported an 82.5 percent high school graduation rate.(U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2014-2015) https://www.governing.com/gov-data/high-school-graduation-rates-by-state.html
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.