Therapeutic & Alternative Boarding Schools In Minnesota


Alternative or therapeutic boarding schools can be an effective solution for teens whose needs have gone beyond simply their parents care. However, as the financial and emotional commitment for parents is significant, it can be difficult to know where to start researching. Help Your Teen Now is an organization committed to helping parents just like you, get access to the resources and support they need. Our experienced team is standing by to help guide you through this difficult process. The first step toward healing your family can start today. Give us a call to see what our free services can do for you.

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Minnesota Regulatory Laws

Minnesota defines a nonpublic or private school as “any school, churchor religious organization, or home school where a student can fulfill compulsory education requirements, that is located in the state, and that meets the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Minn. Stat. Ann. §123B.41, Subd. 9. Other than this, there are no requirements for Registration, Licensing, Accreditation or Approval. Minn. Stat. Ann. §123B.445.

Teacher certification is optional for instructors at nonpublic schools, however, they must fulfill one of the following criteria: hold a teaching license for the state of Minnesota; be supervised by an individual who holds a teaching license; complete a teacher competency exam; hold a baccalaureate or provide instruction in a school that is recognized by a credit agency that is recognized by the commissioner. Minn. Stat. Ann.§123B.445.

The curriculum for Minnesota nonpublic schools must include reading, writing, literature, fine arts, mathematics, science, history, geography, government, health and physical education. Minn. Stat. Ann. §120A.22, Subd. 9. The state of Minnesota’s High School Incentives Program allows Nonprofit, nonpublic, nonsectarian schools to contract with local school districts to
provide educational services to at-risk children. Minn. Stat. Ann. §124D.68.

Proof of current immunization or a legal exemption form is required for all new students. Minn.
Stat. Ann. §121A.15. Nonpublic schools are required to have a minimum of five school lock-down drills, five school fire drills and one tornado drill. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 299F.30. Assault against a private school teacher that results in bodily harm is considered a misdemeanor under Minn. Stat. Ann. §609.2231 Subd. 5, and instructors are allowed to use reasonable force to restrain a student from self injury, injury to others or property damage. Minn. Stat. Ann. §609.379. Nonpublic schools are also entitled to the same health services and guidance counseling services offered to public schools. Minn. Stat. Ann. §123B.44.


Statistics for At-Risk Minnesota Teens


14.3 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 Minnesota were between 16.4 and 29.4 per 1,000 women (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).



Minnesota ranks 21st in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 87 deaths with a crude rate of 12.0. (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010”;)



Approximately 10.6 percent of adolescents in Minnesota, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. 8.1 percent regularly use marijuana and 4.8 percent use other types of illicit drugs. 18.1 percent of adolescents regularly drink alcohol. 12.9 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 Minnesota: 208 arrests for violent crime, 1,884 arrests for property crime, 511 arrests for Drug Abuse and 145 arrests for weapons violations. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).



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


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