Therapeutic & Alternative Boarding Schools In Alaska


If you are having trouble with your teen and are considering an alternative or therapeutic boarding school, you are probably overwhelmed by the amount of information you need to know in order to make a decision. You have come to the right place. We at Help Your Teen Now are a resource agency/parent advocacy group that is designed to help take the guesswork out of the selection process for you.

Our free services will guide you every step of the way and make sure that you have access to the resources that are specific to your concerns as well as your child’s unique situation. Our expert volunteers and staff are dedicated to helping you get what you need to help you feel comfortable with your decision. Call us today!

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Alaska Regulatory Laws

Private institutions in Alaska do not require accreditation, however those that wish to, may become accredited through the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Alaska
Stat.§14.07.020(10). Schools that comply with Alaska Stat.§§14.45.100 are considered exempt from state education requirements. However, state safety and health provisions still apply. Alaska Stat.§14.45.100. Schools that are not in compliance with the statute are not exempt from the education laws. Alaska Stat. §14.45.030.

Teacher certification is not required for exempt private schools, but is required for those considered non-exempt. The curriculum in private schools must be comparable to that offered and regulated b public schools in the area. Alaska Stat. §14.30.010(b)(1). The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development is responsible for prescribing regulation standards for safe and healthy conditions within private schools. Alaska Stat. §14.07.020(7). Safety drills must be conducted once a month (Alaska Stat. §14.03.140) and lockers may be searched at any time. Alaska Stat. §14.03.105. Alaska Stat.§14.45.190.

Statistics for At-Risk Alaska Teens


9.2 percent of children between 4 and 17 diagnosed per year. (2007 study, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007 Study).



Pregnancy rates for adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 in Alabama were between 50.6 and 64.2 per 1,000 women (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).



Alaska ranks 1st in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 49 deaths with a crude rate of 46.0. (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010”;)



Approximately 14 percent of adolescents in Alaska, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. 11.1 percent regularly use marijuana and 5.7 percent use other types of illicit drugs. 16.3 percent of adolescents used alcohol in the past month and 10.6 engaged in binge drinking. (State Report, 2009, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.)



In 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice reported the following juvenile arrest rates for for Alaska: 272 arrests for violent crime, 1,655 arrests for property crime, 340 arrests for Drug Abuse and 42 arrests for weapons violations. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).



Alaska had an 68 percent statewide graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)


The first thing we do after you call, is evaluate your teen so we can direct you toward the information that is most pertinent to your situation. We can assure you that we do not endorse any groups or facilities that we have not checked out thoroughly for a history of success in their field. We are not affiliated in any way with the facilities we recommend, so you can feel confident that the advice you receive is non-biased.

We know that the journey you have taken has been stressful, and the decision to turn to an alternative or therapeutic boarding school has been a difficult one. We want to be your advocate and make the rest of the process as easy on you as we can. The more knowledge you have, the more you can feel confident in your decision. Call us today!

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