Therapeutic & Alternative Boarding Schools In Delaware


There are many factors to consider when placing your teen in an alternative or therapeutic boarding school. Along with competent care for your child, you also want a steady school program as well as help for your child’s specific needs. Getting access to the right information can be daunting and you may not know where to start.

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Delaware Regulatory Laws

There are no requirements for accreditation for private schools in Delaware, however all educational facilities must be registered with the state. Del. Code Ann., Title 14, §2704. Teaching certification is optional, however, the Delaware Department of Education may implement a “voluntary licensing and certification” system for non public schools. Del. Code Ann., Title
14, §121(b).

Nonpublic schools are required to provide a curriculum similar to that of the public schools in the state, under the Compulsory Education Statute. Del. Code Ann., Title 14, §2703(a). All non-public schools must provide courses in the U.S. Constitution, the Delaware Constitution, government and the free enterprise system as determined by the State Board of Education. Del. Code Ann., Title 14, §4103.

The State Fire Marshal, or his deputies, must inspect nonpublic schools for reasonable fire and safety standards. All schools must hold a fire drill once a month and all school exits must remain unlocked during school hours. Del. Code Ann., Title 16, §6607(d)(e). A fingerprinting program is required in private schools, although only students with signed authorization by parents or guardian may participate. Del. Code Ann., Title 11, §8526.

Statistics for At-Risk Delaware Teens


14.1 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 Delaware were between 30.7 and 39.0 per 1,000 women (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).



Delaware ranks 34th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 13 deaths with a crude rate of 10.2. (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010”;)



Approximately 11.3 percent of adolescents in Delaware, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. 7.5 percent regularly use marijuana and 5.5 percent use other types of illicit drugs. 16.4 percent of adolescents used alcohol in the past month and 8.9 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 Delaware: 630 arrests for violent crime, 1,778 arrests for property crime, 774 arrests for Drug Abuse and 169 arrests for weapons violations. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).



Delaware had an 78 percent statewide graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)


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