Therapeutic & Alternative Boarding Schools In Ohio


Deciding which alternative or therapeutic boarding school to send your troubled teen to can be a daunting prospect. Along with a healthy, supportive environment, you also want your teen to receive the benefit of a worthwhile education. At Help Your Teen Now, we are dedicated to giving you access to the services that are most valuable, based on an individual assessment of your teen. This no-cost service is your first and best step toward healing your family and helping your child. Call us today to get started on your free assessment.

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Ohio Regulatory Laws

Accreditation for private schools is optional in the state of Ohio. If a school chooses to seek a charter, they must prove that the students are receiving a high quality education by becoming accredited and approved by the state board of education, or by completing the chartering process and demonstrating compliance with the Operating Standards for Ohio‘s Schools, Ohio Admin. Code §§ 3301-35-01–3301-35-07 and §3301-35-11. Ohio Admin. Code§3301-35-12.

Standards for teacher certification for chartered private schools allow for certification without further educational requirements for instructors with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Standards for teacher certification in non-chartered private schools provide for certification without further educational requirements for individuals who have attended Bible colleges and Bible institutes. Teachers in non-chartered, non-tax-supported schools are exempt from certification fees. ORC §3301.071

A non-chartered, private school must maintain a curriculum with the following subjects: language arts; geography, the history of the United States and Ohio, and national state, and local government; mathematics; science; health; physical education; the fine arts, including music; first aid, safety, and fire prevention; and other subjects as prescribed by the school. Ohio Admin. Code §3301-35-08. Criminal checks are required for any applicant in a position responsible for the care, custody or control of a child. The facility cannot employ any individual who has been convicted of certain crimes. ORC §3319.39.

Chartered private schools are allowed state allocations for 1) speech and hearing diagnostic services; 2) physician, nursing, dental, and optometry services; 3) diagnostic psychological services; 4) therapeutic psychological and speech and hearing services; and 5) guidance and counseling services. ORC §3317.06(B), (C), (D), (E) and (F)

Statistics for At-Risk Ohio Teens


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



Ohio ranks 24th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 187 deaths with a crude rate of 11.8. (CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010”;)



Approximately 10.3 percent of adolescents in Ohio, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. 7.5 percent regularly use marijuana and 4.9 percent use other types of illicit drugs. Approximately 38,000 males and 42,000 females abused or are dependent on alcohol each year. (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 Ohio: 160 arrests for violent crime, 1,088 arrests for property crime, 360 arrests for Drug Abuse and 79 arrests for weapons violations. (Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).



Ohio had an 80 percent statewide graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year. (U.S. Department of Education. 2010-2011)


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