Boot Camps & Military Schools in Tennessee

Military Schools and Boot Camps in Tennessee

HelpYourTeenNow is a parent advocate group that guides other parents in gathering information about teen therapy programs, including military schools and boot camps. We offer resources to parents of at-risk teens about all kinds of therapeutic and behavioral rehabilitation programs via a free consultation by phone. HelpYourTeenNow has resources from parents who have enrolled their children in various programs and have experience in which programs have a better track record of success.

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

When your teenager starts engaging in risky, harmful, violent and destructive behavior, you may feel like your only option is to find the nearest military school or boot camp and enroll your children right away. Help for your teen needs to happen over the long term, by certified professionals in a residential and therapeutic setting, not in a military-style academic institution or a private outdoor boot camp. There are many other options for at-risk teens besides military schools and book camps.

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Advent Home


Residential Treatment Center

Youth Town


Wilderness Program

Tennessee Regulatory Laws

The Tennessee Department of Health, a part of the Division of Health Care Facilities, regulates and licenses residential care facilities for children and teens.

Private schools in Tennessee do not have to become accredited but do need to be registered to operate in the state. If a private school is church-sponsored, it must be accredited by a verifiable Christian school association (TCA 49-50-801). Tennessee private schools are placed into categories set up by the Board of Education—these categories are I, II, III, IV, V, VI and VII (TCA 49-50-801 and TCA 49-50-801). A school that is Category I and VII must only hire teachers that meet state licensing and certification standards. Schools that are Category II and II must hire teachers that simply meet the standards set forth by the individual school. Schools that are Category IV and V must only hire teachers with bachelor’s degrees. Category I, II and VII schools are obliged to meet the state’s graduation requirements (State Board of Education Rule No. 0520-7-2). Each category of school must comply with a certain set of testing standards (State Board of Education Rule No. 0520-7-2) and (State Board of Education Rule No. 0520-7-2).

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


Statistics for At-Risk Tennessee Teens


Tennessee children between the ages of 4-17 diagnosed each year with ADD/ADHD: 11.3% (2007 study, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007 Study).



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



National suicide ranking: 21st. Number of deaths: 21 (crude rate of 12.0). (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010”;)



A 2009 report showed that 12.6% of Tennessee teens abuse alcohol and 6.6% are binge drinking. Marijuana use in Tennessee was 4.3% and illicit drug use was at 5.4. (State Report, 2009, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.)



Juvenile arrests in Tennessee for 2008 include 1,348 arrests for property crime, 318 arrests for violent crime, 574 arrests for drug abuse and 115 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, Tennessee reported an 86 percent high school graduation rate. (U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)


HelpYourTeenNow is a parent advocate group that wants to help parents across the country in dealing with their at-risk teen. We work with you over the phone to analyze the differences between the teen help programs, from military schools and boot camps to alternative high schools and therapeutic boarding schools. HelpYourTeenNow will help match your family with a program that is best for you and meets your family’s needs. The right treatment plan can help your teen make better choices, turn away from destructive behavior and learn to face life’s challenges in a healthy, appropriate way.

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