Therapeutic & Alternative Boarding Schools In Kentucky


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Kansas Regulatory Laws

Accreditation is optional for non-public or private schools in Kentucky. While there is no accrediting agency at the state department, private schools can choose to be certified or accredited through a recognized national or regional accrediting agency or through a self-study accrediting process provided by the Kentucky Nonpublic School Commission. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. §156.160(3). Licensing, Registration and Approval are all optional as well.

Teacher certification is not required at private schools in Kentucky, however the curriculum must reflect the same courses that are taught in public schools. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. §156.445(3). Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann.§158.080. Text materials must be approved by the state textbook commission. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. §156.445(3).

The local board of health or the Cabinet for Health and Safety is responsible for approving the safety and sanitary conditions of nonpublic schools. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. §212.210. Current immunizations are required for all students attending private schools. Exemption based on medical or religious reasons must be officially signed and filed. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. §214.034.

Statistics for At-Risk Kentucky Teens


12.4 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 Kentucky were between 50.6 and 64.2 per 1,000 women (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).



Kentucky ranks 37th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 58 deaths with a crude rate of 9.9. (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010”;)



Approximately 11.7 percent of adolescents in Kentucky, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. 8 percent regularly use marijuana and 6.8 percent use other types of illicit drugs. 18.1 percent of adolescents used alcohol in the past month and 11.6 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 Kentucky: 402 arrests for violent crime, 2,182 arrests for property crime, 729 arrests for Drug Abuse and 84 arrests for weapons violations. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).



Kentucky had an 77 percent statewide graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)


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