Elevations RTC: Better than Therapeutic Boarding Schools for Boys

What makes an RTC better than therapeutic boarding schools for your son

Therapeutic boarding schools have less of a clinical focus than residential treatment centers (RTC). RTCs provide a greater therapeutic intervention and a higher level of medical care for your son than therapeutic boarding schools. Some benefits that residential treatment centers offer include:

  1. 24/7 Therapeutic Experience: Therapeutic boarding schools have a greater focus on academics rather than therapy. RTCs offer a much more immersive experience because they’re designed to provide a thorough therapeutic intervention to teens.
  2. Comprehensive Therapy: Therapeutic boarding schools will often offer therapy, just not at the same level RTCs do. RTCs often include many types of therapy in order to treat a wide range of issues in many teens. This could be anything from individual therapy to experiential therapy to family therapy.
  3. Superior Psychiatric/Medical Care: Unlike many therapeutic boarding schools, RTCs often have full-time psychiatrists and provide other medical professionals for other care. If you really want to help your son to overcome his challenges, a greater amount of support from therapeutic professionals is required.
  4. Removal of Distractions: We all live in a high-paced society, which can become cluttered and overwhelming for many teens. By removing the distractions and stressors of day-to-day life (ex. Social media), a teen is able to take time to focus on themselves and their actions.


Why Elevations RTC is worth it

Families with a son struggling with behavioral and/or emotional issues should look no further than Elevations RTC.

“Our son benefited tremendously from Elevations and we don’t know where we’d be without them. The staff was supportive, the environment was nurturing, and the group and individual therapy was spot-on in terms of his issues. He was able to build friendships with other kids for probably the first time in his life and he learned to be more flexible, listen, and collaborate on a team. The safe, structured and predictable environment allowed him to let down his guard and develop insights that he was always too defended and anxious to have in the past.” 

Laura R.

Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center for teens, ages 13 to 18, that has therapeutic boarding school aspects built into it. Our students often grapple with depression, anxiety, defiance, bullying, and issues stemming from learning disorders, emotional disorders, and other mental health problems. We help struggling teens regain their self-confidence and happiness through many aspects in our programming:

  • Transferable Skills. It’s important for your son to be able to take what he learns in a program and apply it when he returns home. At Elevations, we strive to teach transferable skills that can continue to be used over a lifetime.
  • Education. Unlike many RTCs, we understand that education is a major component to developing self-confidence and a successful future–that’s why it’s a huge part of our programming at Elevations. We have a normalized high school in a nurturing residential treatment center environment.  
  • Real World Setting. In the real world, males and females interact every day. Elevations, unlike many RTCs, has a all gender setting for our students for this reason. We seek to normalize interactions with the opposite gender within a supervised and safe environment. This helps encourage healthier and more responsible relationships with the opposite gender
  • Quality Clinical/Medical Care. At Elevations, we have on-staff psychiatric and medical support to help our students. Additional medical support is provided 24/7 by our PA and A.P.R.N. We also have full-time, board-certified psychiatrists that are on-campus five days a week. This allows us to provide a higher level of therapeutic clarity for your son than other residential treatment centers and therapeutic boarding schools.


Elevations RTC is the best choice for your struggling son. Please contact us today at for information about how we can help your family.

Elevations Quick Facts

Leading RTC Accreditations
Ages 13 – 18
Comprehensive Medical / Psych
Community-based Approach
Fun, Experiential
Accredited Academics
Real-World Setting

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