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Pennsylvania Boarding Schools
Carson Long Military Academy
New Bloomfield, PA
tel: 717-582-2121
Carson Long Military Academy is an all-boys military school that is a member of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools.
Grier School
Tyrone, PA
Tel: (814)684-3000
The Grier School is a grades 7-12 boarding school for girls in Central Pennsylvania. Founded in 1853, the school's mission has always been to provide a well-rounded education in academics, athletics and the arts in a safe setting.
George School
Newtown, PA
Tel: 215-579-6547
George School, a coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, was founded in 1893 by Quakers. The school maintains high academic standards in an atmosphere characterized by respect for the individual, honesty and cooperation...
Westtown School
West Chester, PA
tel: 610-399-7900
Westtown School is a Coed Quaker college preparatory school. Westtown admits committed students whose goals are to lead and make a difference. If this sounds like your child, then come discover Westtown School.
Hill School
Pottstown, PA
Tel: (610) 326-1000
Founded in 1851 as 'The Family Boarding School,' The Hill prepares students for excellence in college, careers, and life. Hill's liberal arts curriculum offers 25 Advanced Placement course options, honors classes, and independent studies.
The Kiski School
Saltsburg, PA
Tel: 724-639-8035
One of America's oldest boys' boarding schools, Kiski enrolls young gentlemen from all over the world who wish to prepare for the rigors of the nation's best universities. Kiski's 360-acre campus overlooks the small town of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, only 30 miles east of Pittsburgh.
The Perkiomen School
Pennsburg, PA
Tel: 215-679-9511
At Perkiomen 'students are inspired to risk being their best.' Our mission is carried out through a residential program that teaches students the importance of being a valuable member of a close-knit community, an academic program that provides access to 23 AP courses.
Carson Long Military Academy
New Bloomfield, PA
Tel: 717-582-2121
Carson Long Military Institute is the oldest boarding school with military training in the United States. Carson Long emphasis is placed upon providing a preparatory education that positions the majority of graduating students to pursue a post graduate (college) career.
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Parenting Guide to Teen Help
  • Implement a strict behavior management program in your home
  • Try using behavior contracts with your teen
  • Consider professional counseling and therapy
  • Residential treatment is an option for teens that need more intensive therapy
  • Boot Camps, boarding schools, or Wilderness Camps offer a very highly structured environment that focuses primarily on discipline
  • Hospitalization or Jail is the measure of last resort. Consider using these options if your teen has demonstrated that he is a danger to himself or to others

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    Looking for Clinical Boarding School in Pennsylvania? If your family life is in chaos then these programs listed can help combine the strength of a robust, college preparatory curriculum for a coed, high school aged student body with the holistic support of full time professional clinical services, extensive recreational and experiential activity programs, and a comprehensive student life experience. Students typically come to the school seeking a supportive environment while minimizing the effects of negative behaviors or influences that may have beset them in the home community. The schools provide professional and experienced counselors, teachers, trainers who all are dedicated for helping their unmotivated teens. Boarding School plays a major role in the treatment of troubled kids. To see a list of boarding schools in Pennsylvania click Here.

    Pennsylvania Helpful Information

    Abuse: Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Neglect
    Reporting Child Abuse in Pennsylvania

    Abuse: Sexual
    Pennsylvania Sex Offender Registration & Community Notification
    Pennsylvania Sex Offender Search
    Pennsylvania State Rape Laws (pdf)
    Why Sexually Abusive Teachers Aren't Stopped

    Emancipation of Minors in Pennsylvania
    The Right to Attend School in Pennsylvania

    Bullying: What Parents & Teachers Should Know
    What Can You Do if Your Child with a Disability is Being Harassed by Other Students? (pdf)

    Counseling & Therapy and Schools & Programs
    Age of Consent to Mental Health Treatment in Pennsylvania (pdf)
    Confidentiality of Mental Health Records (pdf)
    Navigating the Mental Health and Education Systems (pdf)

    Drugs & Teen Substance Abuse
    Growing Heroin Use in Pennsylvania
    Helping families struggling with teen addiction

    Family Health
    Water Fluoridation in Pennsylvania
    Your Medical Records Rights in Pennsylvania (pdf)

    Runaways & Missing Children
    Find Runaways and Missing Children in Pennsylvania
    In Harm's Way: Preventing Group Home Runaways A Daunting Task
    Missing Children in Pennsylvania

    Sexual Behavior: Issues and Concerns
    Choking Game Could Cost Young Lives
    Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Youth
    Teens Play Suffocation Roulette with Choking Game

    Special Education
    Overview of the Special Education Process (pdf)
    Special Education for Gifted Students (Pennsylvania Legal Code)

    Teen Suicide
    Pennsylvania Suicide Fact Sheet (pdf)

    When Your Teen is in Trouble with the Law
    Juvenile Justice in Pennsylvania (pdf)

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    Hotlines, Helplines, Crisis Help

    Pennsylvania Gambling Addiction Hotline
    Pennsylvania Suicide and Crisis Hotlines Philadelphia Rape Crisis Hotline
    Pittsburgh Teen Hotline
    Pittsburgh Rape Crisis Hotline
    ChildhelpUSA Child Abuse Hotline
    Pittsburgh Student and Young Adult Hotline
    National Runaway Switchboard
    National Suicide Hotline
    CONTACT Beaver Valley Helpline
    CONTACT Helplines of Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties CONTACT Helpline of Lancaster
    CONTACT Pittsburgh
    Education Law Helpline
    215-238-6970 Philadelphia
    412-391-5225 Pittsburgh
    Lancaster County School Violence Hotline

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    State Agency Programs and Services

    CHIP - Children's Health Insurance Program of Pennsylvania
    1-800-451-5886 TTY/TDD
    Pennsylvania's program that provides health insurance to all uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. No family makes too much money for CHIP because there is NO INCOME LIMIT. Families with incomes above the free CHIP limits will pay low monthly premiums and co-pays for some services.
    Drug Free Workplace Pennsylvania
    Fighting substance abuse through the media and the workplace.
    Kids Together, Inc.
    Information and resources for children and adults with disabilities.
    Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
    1-888-772-7227 24 Hour
    Works with its statewide network of rape crisis centers to provide quality services to victims /survivors of sexual violence, and to create public awareness and prevention education. Visit Abuse: Sexual and Teen Dating Violence.
    Pennsylvania Protection and Advocacy
    Information, referrals, and technical assistance to people with disabilities in Pennsylvania.
    Pennsylvania Tourette Syndrome Association
    Education, advocacy, support.
    Pittsburgh Coalition Against Pornography
    Calls for the enforcement of existing obscenity laws, raises public awareness about the dangerous effects of hard-core pornography, and facilitates the passage of new obscenity legislation when necessary.
    Stop It Now! Philadelphia
    Prevention programs and public awareness activities to help adults take responsibility for preventing the sexual abuse of children BEFORE a child is harmed.
    Support and resources for Pennsylvania adoptive parents and others who have a child with attachment issues.
    Covenant House Pennsylvania
    1-800-999-9999 24 Hour
    Emergency shelter, services, and programs for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth under 21.
    HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing Sites in Pennsylvania
    HIV prevention and care services throughout Pennsylvania for individuals infected with and affected by HIV disease and for those at-risk for contracting HIV. Offers programs and resources to prevent disease and change high-risk behavior, as well as provide resources for sustaining preventative behavior and avoiding infection. Services provided include free counseling and testing, case management, housing assistance, access to medications, emergency medical care and education materials.
    Job Corps
    Free residential program for young men and women, ages 16-24, that empowers youth to take responsibility for their employability through the integration of vocational skills and academic achievement. Visit Dropouts.
    Pregnancy support centers, adoption agencies and maternity homes in Pennsylvania
    Three Rivers Youth
    Services in Pittsburgh to abused, neglected, runaway and homeless youth between the ages of 12-21, and their families.

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    Counseling and Mental Health Services

    Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
    NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania
    Provides support, education and advocacy efforts for children, adolescents and adults with a serious emotional disorder or a mental illness, and for family members, caregivers, and the community at large.
    Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Western Pennsylvania
    Education, advocacy, and support.
    Parents Involved Network of Pennsylvania
    An organization that assists parents or caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders.
    Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association
    Advocacy, education, information and referrals.

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    Tutoring and Learning Help

    Bucks County Learning Disabilities Association
    Volunteer organization dedicated to helping all people with learning disabilities.
    Counseling and Therapy
    Referrals to mental health professionals in your area.
    Education Law Center-PA
    215-238-6970 Philadelphia
    412-391-5225 Pittsburgh
    Legal advocacy organization dedicated to insuring that all of Pennsylvania's children have access to a quality public education. Comprehensive education law publications.
    Learning Disabilities Association of Pennsylvania
    Education, advocacy, and support.
    Milton Hershey School
    A residential school offering free education, housing, clothing, meals, medical/dental care, and recreational activities. Must be between 4 and 15 years of age at time of enrollment, at least average ability, and no behavior problems at school or home. Prospective families and children are invited to attend an Opportunity Fair in your area to learn more about the school. For more information on the Opportunity Fairs, call toll-free 1-800-322-3248. Visit Free & Low-Cost Schools and Programs.
    Girard College
    Private boarding school for academically capable students, grades 1-12, with no behavior problems. The school awards full scholarships to qualified boys and girls from homes without one or both parents and with demonstrated financial need. Children who live with a custodial caretaker such as a grandparent, relative, or foster parent or guardian are also eligible. Visit Free & Low-Cost Schools and Programs.

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