Therapeutic & Alternative Boarding Schools In Louisiana


Selecting a full time alternative or therapeutic boarding school for your teen can be an overwhelming decision, and it can be hard to know where to start. Help Your Teen Now is a resource agency/parent advocacy group dedicated to getting parents of troubled teens access to the information they need to make an informed decision about a facility. We are your best resource for trustworthy information and helpful advice. We want you to have the knowledge you need in order to feel confident in the selection you make for your child. Call us today and take the first step toward putting your family back together.

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Evangelhouse Christian Academy


Therapeutic Boarding School

Louisiana Regulatory Laws

Although there are no requirements for Accreditation, nonpublic schools in Louisiana may seek Approval with the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education based maintaining an approved curriculum that is similar to public schools. La. Const. Art. VIII 4; LA R.S. Ann 17:11. All nonpublic schools must be registered with the state. La. R.S. Ann. 17:232(C) and (D).

Schools that are receiving local, state or federal funding must employ only teachers who are qualified according to the rules established by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Schools that do not receive aid are allowed to hire instructors with qualifications determined by the school or church. La. R.S. Ann. 17:236.

State approved nonpublic schools are required to maintain a curriculum that is equal or similar to public schools. La. R.S. Ann. 17:11. Requirements for graduation in a nonpublic school are the same as that in a public school and no more than 35 students can be enrolled in each class with the exception of music, art and physical education. La. R.S. Ann 17:11.

New students in nonpublic schools must show proof of immunization or proper paperwork that shows exemption. La. R.S. Ann. 17:170. The state health officer is in charge of determining the rules and regulations regarding health and safety for private schools. La. R.S. Ann. 40:4.

Statistics for At-Risk Louisiana Teens


13.2 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 Indiana were between 40.9 and 49.8 per 1,000 women (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).



Indiana ranks 30th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 102 deaths with a crude rate of 11.0. (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010”;)



Approximately 9.6 percent of adolescents in Indiana, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. 6.4 percent regularly use marijuana and 5.0 percent use other types of illicit drugs. 13.6 percent of adolescents are current alcohol users and 8.7 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 Indiana: 290 arrests for violent crime, 1,734 arrests for property crime, 460 arrests for Drug Abuse and 57 arrests for weapons violations. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).



Indiana had an 86 percent statewide graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)


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