We are a parent advocacy group dedicated to helping parents access the resources they need to make an informed decision about placing their child in an alternative or therapeutic boarding school. We know there are a lot of factors to consider with this decision and our aim is to walk you through the process as painlessly as possible. The more you know, the more confidence you can feel in the selection you make. Our experienced staff has helped hundreds of families just like you. Call us today and take the first step along the path to healing your family.
Georgia Regulatory Laws
There are no official requirement for accreditation for private schools in Georgia, however, in order to participate in the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) and/or the Georgia Private School Tax Credit, a private facility must be accredited by a state approved agency.
Teaching certification is not required for private schools in Georgia, although those schools enrolling students under the (GSNS) program must employ only teachers with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Instructors must also have at least three years of experience in health or education. The curriculum must include reading, language, arts, mathematics, social studies and science. O.C.GA §20-2-690(b)(4), (d).
All schools in Georgia are required to meet health and safety standards as set out by local and state ordinances. O.C.GA §20-2-690(b)(6), (d). It is a felony to manufacture, distribute or possess a controlled substance within 1,000 ft of a private school. O.C.GA §16-13-32.4(a).
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 Georgia were between 30.7 and 39.0 per 1,000 women (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
Georgia ranks 35th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 140 deaths with a crude rate of 10.1. (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 8.1 percent of adolescents in Georgia, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. 5.1 percent regularly use marijuana and 4.4 percent use other types of illicit drugs. 15.2 percent of adolescents used alcohol in the past month and 8.6 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 Georgia: 278 arrests for violent crime, 1,343 arrests for property crime, 465 arrests for Drug Abuse and 198 arrests for weapons violations. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
Georgia had an 67 percent statewide graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)
Our services begin with a free evaluation of your teen in order to help us determine which groups and organizations would be of most value to you. We are extremely selective when it comes to our recommendation list. Among other things, we look for a history of success in treating teens as well as success in effectively working with the parents. We are not financially affiliated or contracted with any group we endorse, so you can be sure that our advice is genuine and non-biased. We know how much stress a troubled teen can be and we want to be your advocate to help you get through the process in the best way possible. Call us today!