If you are struggling with a troubled teen, then you have probably considered an alternative or therapeutic boarding school. There are many factors to consider when choosing a facility for your teen and the wealth of information out there can be stressful and bewildering. If you don’t know where to start, rest assured that you have come to the right place. Help Your Teen Now is a parent advocacy group designed to help families access the trustworthy resources they need to make an informed decision about a facility. We have an experienced staff and we have helped hundreds of families just like yours. Our free services can put you on the path to healing your family. Call us today to get started.
Hawaii Regulatory Laws
Accreditation for private schools in Hawaii is optional, however, a school can choose to become accredited through an agency that meets the requirements established by the Hawaii Council of Private Schools. All private schools in Hawaii must register with the Hawaii Department of Consumer Affairs. Although licensing is optional, it is strongly recommended by the state. Memorandum of Understanding The Hawaii Council of Private Schools, HDOE, Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS), pursuant to Hawaii Sessions Law, ACT 188.
The organization through which a private school is licensed sets the requirements of teacher certification. Those licensed by the HAIS require that “the administration, faculty, and staff shall be qualified for their position and responsibilities by education and/or experience. While it is the responsibility of the head of the school to determine the school’s needs and the qualifications needed in personnel, regular teachers, not working exclusively under the direct supervision of another faculty member, shall be expected to have at least a baccalaureate degree from an established college or university, or a professional certificate from a national or state teacher certification agency, or some other means of indicating the talents and/or skills (such as technological, foreign language competency) for their position. In general, there should be a preference for faculty with degrees from established colleges or universities.” Hawaii Council of Private Schools, Standards and Procedures for the Approval of Hawaii Private Schools, 1996.
Schools licensed by the Hawaii Council of Public Schools are required to include reading, writing, speech, mathematics, social studies, science, art, music, health and physical education in their educational curriculum. Hawaii Council of Private Schools, Standards and Procedures for the Approval of Hawaii Private Schools, 1996. In order to attend a private school, students must present a report of health including, a physical examination and proof of a tuberculosis examination. HRS §11-157-6.1
Private schools in Hawaii are required to maintain reasonable health and safety standards as set down by the Hawaii Council of Private Schools. Additionally, all employees hired after July 1, 2000 must pass a criminal record check in order to work in close proximity with the children. HRS §302-C1
6.3 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 Hawaii were between 40.9 and 49.8 per 1,000 women (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).
Hawaii ranks 8th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 30 deaths with a crude rate of 16.5. (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html;)
Approximately 13.3 percent of adolescents in Hawaii, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. 9.6 percent regularly use marijuana and 5.9 percent use other types of illicit drugs. 13.5 percent of males and 18.6 percent of females are current alcohol users and 9.9 percent of males and 11.9 percent of females engage 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 Hawaii: 264 arrests for violent crime, 1,405 arrests for property crime, 375 arrests for Drug Abuse and 22 arrests for weapons violations. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).
Hawaii had an 80 percent statewide graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)
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