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: 11.1% (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011 Study)



For Tennessee is 17th in the country for teen pregnancy with 3,739 babies born to women under 20 (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2016 Study).



National suicide ranking: 21st. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2018)



A 2017 report showed that 26% of Tennessee teens abuse alcohol and 11% are binge drinking. Marijuana use in Tennessee was 34% and illicit drug use was at 4%. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017 Study)



Juvenile arrests in Tennessee for 2018 include 133 arrests for aggravated assault, 63 arrests for robbery, 595 arrests for larceny, 368 arrests for drug abuse and 65 arrests for weapons violations. (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2018)



For the 2016-2017 school year, Tennessee reported an 89.8% high school graduation rate. (U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2016-2017)


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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