Some considerations when selecting a school for troubled kids include affordability, specialized programs and accreditation. Visiting prospective schools with the child makes it easier to find a good fit.
A school for troubled kids should be affordable, so parents must take stock of their financial situations before making a decision. Since schools for troubled kids can be expensive, intensive research is required to find a good fit.
Secondly, a good alternative school should have specialized programs that cater to the teen’s specific problems. Such programs include drug and alcohol treatment, among others. The school should accommodate the teen’s personality. Visiting prospective schools with the teen makes the transition easier and helps determine which school is the best option. Parents should review the academic curriculum and location of each school to make an informed decision.
Lastly, the parent should make sure the school is accredited. Agencies such as the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities are responsible for accreditation of alternative schools. It is important to consider the success rate of the school and to contact parents associated with it to get a clear idea of what to expect from the program.