Therapeutic & Alternative Boarding Schools In Iowa


Alternative and therapeutic boarding schools are designed for troubled teens who have gone beyond the reach of their parents help alone. While these schools can be the right solution for many, choosing which school can be a stressful commitment. Help Your Teen Now was created to be an advocate for parents who aren’t sure where to turn for trustworthy information on facilities and treatment options. Our expert team is ready to help you create a plan of action that is specific to your teens needs at no cost to you. Call us today and take the first step toward putting your family back together.

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Iowa Regulatory Laws

Accreditation for nonpublic schools is optional, however those seeking accreditation must submit an application to the Department of Education the year before. Iowa Code §281.12. Teacher certification is required for all accredited schools (Iowa Code §280.2) and all schools must maintain adequate staffing. Iowa Code §280.14.

Accredited schools must implement and maintain a minimum educational program as detailed by the Iowa Board of Education. The program must be a “multicultural, gender fair approach.” Iowa Code §§256.11, 280.3. Nonpublic schools must incorporate career education as well as occupational education into their curriculum. Iowa Code §256.11b.

PNonpublic schools are not allowed to perform non-emergency medical services without a license or previous consent. Iowa Code §280.23. Two fire drills and two tornado drills must be held each semester. Warning systems must be installed and safety regulations must be inspected by the local fire department every two years. Iowa Code §100.31. Parents may receive tax credits for books and tuition in private schools. Iowa Code §422.12.

Statistics for At-Risk Iowa Teens



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



Iowa ranks 28th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 49 deaths with a crude rate of 11.4. (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010”;)



Approximately 9.5 percent of adolescents in Iowa, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. 6.4 percent regularly use marijuana and 4.6 percent use other types of illicit drugs. 18.4 percent of adolescents are current alcohol users and 12.1 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 Iowa: 252 arrests for violent crime, 1,792 arrests for property crime, 396 arrests for Drug Abuse and 57 arrests for weapons violations. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).



Iowa had an 88 percent statewide graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)


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