Therapeutic & Alternative Boarding Schools In South Dakota

South Dakota

Alternative and therapeutic boarding schools are designed to remove an at-risk teen from the home and place them in a heavily supervised atmosphere where they can get professional help for physical, emotional and academic challenges they face. HelpYourTeenNow is a parent advocate group organized to help people like you in getting answers to questions about selection, enrollment and cost. During our free phone consultation, we’ll take as much time as you want to assess your family situation and make recommendations based on our vast network of resources. As parents and professionals, we at HelpYourTeenNow understand what you are going through and we’ve got lots of idea on how to help your teenager.

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South Dakota Regulatory Laws

The South Dakota Department of Social Services Child Protection Services licenses residential facilities in the state and regulates the agencies to ensure they maintain basic standards of care and safety.

Accreditation is optional for South Dakota private schools, but if a school should choose to become accredited, it must meet the eligibility standards set by the South Dakota Department of Education (S.D. Codified Laws §13-3-47). Teachers in non-accredited private schools do not need certification but class size must be 22 students or fewer (S.D. Codified Laws §13-27-3). Teachers in accredited schools must meet the South Dakota Board of Education standards (S.D. Codified Laws §13-1-12.1). Private school curriculums must provide basic courses as outlined by the state, and must meet state academic standards (S.D. Codified Laws §13-3-48). Students must take a nationally standardized achievement test annually (S.D. Codified Laws §13-27-3).

Statistics for At-Risk South Dakota Teens


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



South Dakota ranks 3rd in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 31 deaths with a crude rate of 26.9.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010”;)



Approximately 11.1 percent of adolescents in South Dakota, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Just over 7.5% regularly use marijuana and 6.2 percent use other types of illicit drugs. Around 21.1% of South Dakota teens used alcohol in the past month, while 13.5% 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 South Dakota: 79 arrests for violent crime, 1,640 arrests for property crime, 590 arrests for drug abuse and 83 arrests for weapons violations.
(Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).



South Dakota had an 83 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year.
(U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)


Sometimes, it comes down to the fact that as a parent, you’ve done everything you can do to get through to your at-risk teen. When nothing works, consider alternative and therapeutic boarding school. HelpYourTeenNow can guide you in choosing reputable programs over questionable ones, and teach you what you need to know to start the process of changing your teen’s life for the better. When you call HelpYourTeenNow for a free consultation, you’re getting experienced advice from people who have experienced exactly what you are facing now. We can help because we understand.

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