Therapeutic & Alternative Boarding Schools In Illinois


An alternative or therapeutic boarding school can be an effective solution for a troubled teen. However, the process of selecting the right one can be a difficult and stressful process. At Help Your Teen Now, we aim to make that process a little easier, by offering trustworthy and comprehensive resources in one place, as well as providing a team of parent advocates, free of charge. We have helped hundreds of families just like yours and we will be just as dedicated to assisting you. Make the choice today to get your family back on track and help your hurting child. Call us now.

School Name
School Style

EDGE Collegiate


Young Adult Program

Lawrence Hall Youth Services Therapeutic Day School


Residential Treatment Center

Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School


Residential Treatment Center

Illinois Regulatory Laws

Accreditation is optional for private schools in Illinois, but those that do apply for accreditation through a state approved accrediting agency may be recognized as by the state. Policy and
Guidelines for Registration and Recognition of Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools, February 2004. Registration is optional for private schools, however, they may register through the State Board of Education. 105 ILCS 5/2-3.25o(e). Nonpublic schools may also apply for recognition from the State Board of Education after one year of being registered and after adhering to guidelines regarding the administration, organization, instructional programs, school facilities, food services and personnel. Policy and Guidelines for Registration and Recognition of Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools, February 2004.

Teacher certification is required at the discretion of the individual school governance, however, the Illinois State Board of Education encourages all instructors to have at least a baccalaureate degree in the subject they are teaching. At the very least, a teacher should have a time line how how and when they plan to achieve that degree. 105 ILCS 5/24-1.1 Children at nonpublic schools should be taught under a curriculum that matches the branches of education taught to students in public schools. 105 ILCS 5/26-1. Recognized non-public schools must have the same graduation requirements as public schools in Illinois.

Children attending nonpublic schools are required to have a health exam including a tuberculosis test and proof of immunization. If the student is exempt, due to religious or medical grounds, that information needs to be provided. 105 ILCS 5/27-8.1; 410 ILCS 235/6. Nonpublic schools must conduct regular safety drills for fire, bus evacuation, severe weather/shelter as well as law enforcement drills for bomb threats or shooters.

Statistics for At-Risk Illinois Teens


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



Illinois ranks 45th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 143 deaths with a crude rate of 7.9. (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010”;)



Approximately 9.5 percent of adolescents in Illinois, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. 6.4 percent regularly use marijuana and 4.5 percent use other types of illicit drugs. 17.2 percent of adolescents are current alcohol users and 10.5 percent 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 Illinois: 1,066 arrests for violent crime, 1,850 arrests for property crime, 1,843 arrests for Drug Abuse and 334 arrests for weapons violations. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).



Illinois had an 84 percent statewide graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)


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