Boot Camps & Military Schools in Wisconsin

Military Schools and Boot Camps in Wisconsin

Are you looking for options to help your troubled teen? Do you have questions but don’t know where to go for answers? HelpYourTeenNow is a parent advocate group that provides answers for parents seeking information on residential treatment facilities. When parents like you have done everything you can to stop or reverse your teen’s self-destructive behavior, turn to the professionals recommended by HelpYourTeenNow. We aren’t affiliated with any schools or programs—we just have experience in what works and which programs offer your child the best chance of success.

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

While it might be tempting to send your teen off to military school, they are not equipped to deal with therapeutic issues. Instead, these academic powerhouses are preparing students for college and military service. Private boot camps—usually outdoor programs that last for a few weeks to a month—don’t last long enough to make any real difference in your teen. Don’t think that these programs are solutions to the challenges your teen faces. Instead, look to alternative therapeutic facilities with programs rooted in real recovery and a proven track record of success.

School Name
School Style

St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy


Military Academy

Wisconsin Challenge Academy


Military Academy

Rogers Memorial Hospital


Intensive Residential Treatment Center

New Vision Wilderness


Wilderness Therapy Program

Wisconsin Regulatory Laws

Any 24-hour facility that treats juveniles must be licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, per the Wisconsin Administrative Code DCF 52.

Any private schools in Wisconsin don’t need to be accredited to operate, and approval is optional as well (Wis. Stats. §118.165(2). Teachers at Wisconsin private schools do not need a state license or certification in order to teach, and in fact, some programs only require a high school diploma for teachers. (Wis. Stats. §119.23(2)(a)6. The private schools do not need to meet any state standards for curriculum, as long as they can show a progression in instruction and learning for students (Wis. Stats. §118.165(d). No state or national testing is required for Wisconsin private schools, either (Wis. Stats. §119.23(7)e.

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


Statistics for At-Risk Wisconsin Teens


Wisconsin children between the ages of 4-17 diagnosed each year with ADD/ADHD: 9.9% (2007 study, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007 Study).



For Wisconsin women between 15-19 years old: 16.4 and 29.4 per 1,000 women. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).



National suicide ranking: 14th. Number of deaths: 108 (crude rate of 13.7). (CDC’s WISQARS website "Fatal Injury Reports, 2010";)



A 2009 report showed that 22.6% of Wisconsin teens abuse alcohol and 14.4% are binge drinking. Marijuana use in Wisconsin was 8.1% and illicit drug use was at 5.4%. (State Report, 2009, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.)



Juvenile arrests in Wisconsin for 2008 include 2,588 arrests for property crime, 279 arrests for violent crime, 780 arrests for drug abuse and 238 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, Wisconsin reported an 87 percent high school graduation rate. (U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)


When you’ve made the decision that you need outside help for your at-risk teen, turn to HelpYourTeenNow. We are a parent advocate group that wants to help parents like you connect with reputable programs that really help teens. Military schools and boot camps are generally not successful in finding long-term solutions to troubled teen problems. HelpYourTeenNow will work with you via our free phone consultation to identify the real problems with your teen and pursue a reasonable, affordable residential program with the best chance of helping resolve your teen’s issues. We aren’t affiliated with any program—we’ve just had enough experience as a group to pass on that wisdom to parents who are just starting along the difficult path. HelpYourTeenNow is your best source for information on teen therapy programs.

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