Therapeutic & Alternative Boarding Schools In North Dakota

North Dakota

Between ages 12 and 17 is a critical time in a person’s life and development, and adolescents are faced with physical, social and emotional challenges. When your teen is engaging in behavior that can impact normal development, it may be time to consider a therapeutic boarding school. We at HelpYourTeenNow can help guide you through what it takes to evaluate programs, screen schools and enroll your child into the program that meets his or her needs best. When you call us at HelpYourTeenNow, you’ll get a free consultation session designed to assess the problems and point you in the right direction on how to help your at-risk teen.

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North Dakota Regulatory Laws

The North Dakota Department of Human Services is the regulatory agency for 24-hour child care facilities in the state and sets the standards for child care and group home facilities. The Licensing Review Teams visit each facility annually, plus random onsite visits.

All private schools in North Dakota must be approved by the superintendent of public instruction for the state (N.D. Cent. Code §15.1-06-06). Teachers at approved private schools must be licensed and the state checks to see that all schools offer the proper subjects required by law (N.D. Cent. Code §15.1-06-06). Criminal background checks are required for all school employees and each private school must meet all the state requirements for fire, health, sanitation and safety (N.D. Cent. Code §15.1-06-06). There is no state policy for testing or for professional development.

Statistics for At-Risk North Dakota Teens


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



North Dakota ranks 4th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 28 deaths with a crude rate of 26.3.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010”;)



Approximately 8.8 percent of adolescents in North Dakota, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Just over 6.1% regularly use marijuana and 4.6% use other types of illicit drugs. Around 21.6% of North Dakota teens used alcohol in the past month, while 14.5% engaged 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 North Dakota: 117 arrests for violent crime, 1,088 arrests for property crime, 477 arrests for drug abuse and 70 arrests for weapons violations.
(Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).



North Dakota had an 86 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year.
(U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)


Therapeutic and alternative boarding schools can do wonders for teenagers dealing with a range of issues, from substance abuse to diagnosed behavior issues. However, not all programs are the same. HelpYourTeenNow will guide you in what to look for in a therapeutic boarding school and how to steer clear of programs with questionable practices or a low success rate. When you call HelpYourTeenNow for a free consultation, we’ll assess your teen’s needs and put you in touch with programs that have a high success rate and that we’ve had experience with ourselves. Trust us to offer you the support and help you need at this time and get your teen back on track as soon as possible.

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