What Is An Alternative School?Alternative schools are those facilities that blend a therapeutic component with academics. Often called therapeutic boarding schools or residential treatment centers, alternative schools are the answer when traditional schools cannot make a difference in the troubled teen's behavior and attitude. Alternative schools are specially structured to help troubled teens and are staffed with licensed and experienced teachers and administrators that know how to work with emotionally and behaviorally difficult kids. Alternative schools may be located near the troubled teen's home or they may find one that is in a different city or state that works better or has specific experience in treating that teenager's unique challenges. Many alternative schools have college prep classes or vocational classes to help teens transition to adulthood.
Who Can Attend Alternative Schools?There are a number of reasons why a doctor, school counselor or psychiatrist may recommend that a troubled teen attend an alternative school. Generally, bad behavior is a result of some deeper issues that need intensive and consistent counseling. Teens who are failing at traditional schools, need a clean break from their current negative atmosphere and require structured and specific therapy time would benefit from attending alternative schools. Here are just a few diagnosed conditions that teens may suffer that make them excellent candidates for alternative school:
- Abuse trauma
- Adoption or abandonment trauma
- Substance abuse
- Low self-esteem