Therapeutic & Alternative Boarding Schools In West Virginia

West Virginia

At HelpYourTeenNow, we put parents like you in touch with experts in order to help you make an important decision—whether to send your teenager to an alternative or therapeutic boarding school. During adolescence, teens can make poor choices, abuse drugs and alcohol and cave in to destructive peer pressure. An alternative or therapeutic boarding school can help your teen develop more positive habits and help him or her deal with the issues causing the destructive behavior. Call HelpYourTeenNow for answers to all your questions about these kinds of programs and we’ll work with you to make the right decision.

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West Virginia Regulatory Laws

Residential youth facilities are licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau for Children and Families, Office of Children and Family Policy, Division of Children and Adult Services.

As is the status in many other states, private schools in West Virginia are not required to become accredited. Schools can register with the state superintendent of schools (WV Code §18-28-6) and must seek approval from its local board of education. Certification of teachers is not required for West Virginia private schools. All approved and registered schools must teach in English (WV Code §18-2-7). Standardized testing is optional, but schools are encouraged to select approved national tests and administer them annually (WV Code §18-28-3).

Statistics for At-Risk West Virginia 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 West Virginia were between 40.9 and 49.8 per 1,000 women
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Study).



West Virginia ranks 40th in the nation for suicide in individuals age 15-24. In 2010, there were 21 deaths with a crude rate of 8.9.
(CDC’s WISQARS website “Fatal Injury Reports, 2010”;)



Approximately 10.3 percent of adolescents in West Virginia, age 12-17, experiment with illicit drugs monthly. Just over 6.8% regularly use marijuana and 5.9 percent use other types of illicit drugs. Around 15.4% of West Virginia teens used alcohol in the past month, while 10.4% 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 West Virginia: 72 arrests for violent crime, 577 arrests for property crime, 204 arrests for drug abuse and 25 arrests for weapons violations.
(Washington, DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2009).



West Virginia had a 76 percent statewide high school graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year.
(U.S. Department of Education, Graduation Rates 2010-2011)


When you’ve done everything you can do for your teen, but he or she is still making poor choices, consider a therapeutic or alternative boarding school. Choosing which program is best for your teen is difficult, so turn to HelpYourTeenNow. Our free consultation will cover an assessment of your child’s issues as well as expert advice on what programs in your area may be the best match. When you run out of options, call HelpYourTeenNow—the parent advocate group that is dedicated to helping parents become informed and educated on their options.

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