Questions to Ask a Teen Program or School

Questions Parents Should Ask Every Program

What should I ask?

What should I ask a potential school or camp?
(Questions to ask a school you are considering.)

Behaviors

Can you keep a teen if they don’t want to stay?
Can the teen get kicked out?
What must they do to get kicked out?
Do you take aggressive teens?

Basic information

Is your facility licensed?
What are the program age ranges?
Are boys and girls kept separate? How?
What types of financing do you have?
What contact do parents have with the teen?
How often do parents get to talk to the school?
Are there any required visits for parents to make to the program while teens are there?
How many students in a room?
What kind of sleeping facilities?
How many share a bathroom?
Can my teen stay after 18 if they are willing?
Do they get to leave the facility during the program?
What do the teens do for fun?
What kind of extra charges beyond tuitionare there?
Do you need both parents’ signatures and what are custody stipulations?
How long has your school been in existence?

Have you ever had any deaths in your program?
Have you ever had any life threatening or serious injuries?
Has your facility or any of its employees ever been convicted of child abuse charges?
(If yes explain)
What is the average length of stay?
What is program success rate?
Are admissions done on an ongoing basis?
What is your maximum occupancy?
What form of discipline do you use?
What kind of teens is not appropriate for your program?

This list is a good place to start if you are thinking about sending your troubled teen to a boarding school or boot camp. You may even be able to ask the school or program if you can talk to other students who have graduated and the parents.