Therapeutic boarding school

/ther.a.peu.tic/ /board.ing/ /school/

n.noun

Therapeutic boarding schools are a specialized boarding school, alternatively known as boarding schools for troubled teens. Therapeutic boarding schools are a treatment program based on the therapeutic community model that offers an educational program together with specialized structure and supervision for students with emotional and behavioral problems, substance abuse problems, or learning difficulties.

Therapeutic boarding schools for troubled teens, much like a regular boarding school, require students to live on campus for a duration of 9- 12 months out of the year. While focusing on therapeutic rehabilitation, students also participate in academics, just as they would at a traditional boarding school. As of 2005, the United States reportedly had 140 therapeutic boarding schools. As of today, there are close to 300.

Therapeutic boarding schools are similar to residential treatment centers in the way they provide treatment to troubled teens.