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California Boarding Schools
The Athenian School

Coed School located in Danville, California. Athenian is the San Francisco Bay Area's only nonsectarian school with a high school boarding program. Virtually 100% gain admission to 4-yr. universities, from all the Univ. of CA campuses, to USC, Stanford, all the Ivy League campuses, outstanding liberal arts colleges, and a wide range of others.
Cate School

Located in Carpinteria, CA. Cate School is a coeducational college preparatory boarding school of 265 students. Founded in 1910, the School delivers a demanding academic program resulting in a breadth and depth of scholarly inquiry.
Stevenson School

Located in Pebble Beach, California. Coeducational boarding and day school. Our approach to education starts with you. As a student at Stevenson, you have three main responsibilities: You are here to prepare for your college years—so work constantly to sharpen your mind, to expand your academic knowledge, and to stretch your intellectual reach.
St. Catherine's Military Academy

Located in Anaheim, CA. St. Catherine's Military Academy, founded in 1889, is the only day/boarding school with a military tradition for boys in grades K-8. An international school
Santa Catalina School

Located in Monterey, California. Santa Catalina is an independent Catholic school, dedicated to the education of young women by giving careful consideration to the individual abilities and potential of each student
Residential Treatment Centers
Anacapa Hospital

Therapeutic model with 12-step component and intense family treatment.
Family Life Center

Residential treatment program and private school.
Newport Academy

Newport Academy is a gender-specific, comprehensive, residential treatment program for teens suffering from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The program combines key elements essential in effectively treating adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. When compared to adults, adolescents have higher rates of dual diagnosis and developmental differences. As such, adolescent treatment needs are more challenging and involve more comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approaches. Understanding the distinct needs of adolescents, Newport Academy provides a highly individualized, holistic approach to treatment in which psychological, biological, spiritual, social and educational needs are consistently addressed throughout the treatment process.
Independence Center

The Independence Center Residential Program provides the structure needed for those young adults making their initial transition to independent living or for those who have been in other programs but still need full support services. Daily living skills instruction is provided in individual and group settings. Participants live with roommates and learn to plan menus, shop and cook, do laundry, budget, and manage money.

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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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    There are excellent programs for troubled teenagers in California. A variety of treatment options for teens that are under stress and exhibit behavioral issues. These boarding Schools provide strong and vigorous academic curriculum and offer individual challenges to each student. These teen programs focus on group therapy, leadership skills and team work for dealing with problems like eating disorder, teen smoking, school bullying, psychological, academic and personal problems. To see a list of boarding schools in California click Here.

    California Helpful Information

    Abuse: Physical
    Domestic Violence Information and Referral Handbook

    Abuse: Sexual
    California Sex Offender Information
    CIRCLE OF TRUST Bill Protects Children
    The Long and Difficult Road to Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse
    Minor Consent, Confidentiality, and Child Abuse Reporting in California
    Problems for Victims of Ritual Abuse in San Diego
    Report of the Ritual Abuse Task Force by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women
    San Diego Child Sex Trafficking Scandal
    Sex Trafficking of Children in San Diego

    Emancipation in California
    Kids and The Law: An A-Z Guide for Parents
    Parents' Rights in California and Federal Law
    So You Want To Become Emancipated?
    When You Become 18: Survival Guide for Teens

    Bipolar Disorder, Teen Depression and Suicide
    California Suicide Fact Sheet
    Suicide Side Effect? What parents aren't being told about their kids' antidepressants

    Bullying: What Parents & Teachers Should Know
    Bullying Among 6th-Graders a Daily Occurrence
    California Anti-Bullying Laws

    Drugs & Teen Substance Abuse
    A Madness Called Meth
    Methamphetamine Fact Book: Humboldt County Community Handbook & Resource Guide
    YABA - Meth Pills

    Family Health
    The California Patient's Guide: Your Health Care Rights and Remedies
    How private is my medical information?
    Your Medical Records Rights in California

    Read All The Books
    Why the Bible Belongs in America's Public Schools

    Runaways & Missing Children
    Missing Children in California
    Find Jason David Johnston
    he Synclair/Cannon Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2002

    Sexual Behavior
    Mother missed signs of the 'choking game'

    Special Education
    Special Education Rights of Parents and Children
    Yikes! My Child with a Disability is Being Considered for Expulsion!

    Teen Behavior Problems
    Expulsion Appeal Handbook
    Suspensions and Expulsions
    Unsafe School Choice Option

    When Your Teen is in Trouble with the Law
    Help! Don't Break My Son in Youth Prison
    Juvenile Court in California
    Juvenile Crime in California
    Juvenile Delinquency: Legal Information
    The juvie justice mess
    Kids and The Law: An A-Z Guide for Parents

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    Hotlines, Helplines, Crisis Help

    California Child Abuse Reporting Number
    California Suicide and Crisis Hotlines California Youth Crisis Line
    Child Pornography Tipline
    Child Abuse Hotline
    Crisis Line Numbers of Alameda County
    Diogenes Youth Services (Sacramento)
    National Domestic Violence/Abuse Hotline
    1-800-787-3224 TDD
    National Runaway Switchboard
    National Suicide Hotline
    National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
    Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
    Report a Missing Child
    San Francisco Suicide Prevention Crisis Line
    San Mateo County Crisis Line
    Teenage Health Resource Line
    1-888-711-8336 M-F 12 noon-8 pm

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    State Agency Programs and Services

    Al-Anon in California
    12-step support for families and friends of alcoholics.
    Berkeley Parents Network
    A parent-to-parent email network for the community of parents in the Berkeley area.
    Bill Wilson Center
    408-279-8228 24 Hour
    Family and individual counseling, runaway and homeless youth shelter, support groups, parenting classes, transitional housing for youth (ages 16-22), health and prevention education.
    Boys To Men Mentoring Network
    Mentoring program for boys, ages 12-16.
    California Family and Domestic Violence Referral Directory California National Guard Youth Programs
    Camp Max Straus
    Summer camps and sports mentoring program for children, ages 7-17, in the greater Los Angeles area.
    Clean Slate, Inc.
    Gang recovery and tattoo removal program that helps to erase the visible signs of gang involvement.
    California Citizens for Health Freedom
    Works to protect and expand the right of citizens to have access to alternative medicine, natural treatments, natural nutritional products and to have a toxic free environment.
    California Healthy Kids
    Health education materials for free loan sent anywhere in California. Research summaries, school health laws, programs and consultant services.
    Methamphetamine Strike Force of San Diego
    Composed of approximately 70 member organizations and agencies. Extensive information about meth.
    National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse
    Free information and referral regarding substance abuse, mental health and related services to API populations and opportunities to be involved in nationwide prevention, research, and advocacy efforts for Asian and Pacific Islanders.
    Cocaine Anonymous Los Angeles
    Cocaine Anonymous of Northern California
    Community Partners for Youth
    Mentoring program in Sunnyvale for at-risk 14- to 17-year-olds.
    Create Now!
    Provides creative arts mentoring to institutionalized at-risk children and youths, ages 5 to 21, who have been abused, neglected, abandoned or are involved in the juvenile justice system.
    Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

    Crisis lines, grief counseling, community education, stress counseling, and disaster support.
    Diogenes Youth Services (Sacramento)
    Provides a comprehensive range of free services for runaway, homeless, and other youth at risk and their families including -- shelter, counseling, support groups, workshops, 24-hour crisis intervention, information and referral hotline.
    Episcopal Community Services
    619-260-8100 San Diego
    Programs addressing homelessness, unemployment, addiction, mental illness, domestic violence, and children's care and education.
    The Girls Middle School
    An all-girls middle school for high-achieving, low-income students located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    Huckleberry Youth Programs
    Provides services to homeless, runaway and other at-risk youth in San Francisco and Marin counties through shelter, counseling, HIV prevention, and crisis intervention.
    Job Corps
    The nation's largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16-24.
    Mary's Shelter
    Comprehensive residential care for pregnant teens in Santa Ana.
    One Heartland
    Summer camps, youth retreat (ages 16-21), seasonal reunions, education programs, prevention awareness, and Life Enhancement Programs for youth impacted by HIV/AIDS. Camping programs also available in Minnesota and New York.
    Rowdy Ridge Gang Camp
    Camp for mothers, age 18-40 -- and their children, ages 2-17 -- who are recovering from drug addiction and the effects of domestic violence.
    Santa Clara County Support & Information Groups

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    Counseling and Mental Health Services

    Southern California Counseling Center
    Sliding fee counseling and outreach services.
    Counseling and Therapy
    Referrals to mental health professionals in your area.
    Mental Health Departments in California Mental Health Association in California
    Brings together local support chapters of the oldest national mental health consumer organization, the National Mental Health Association.

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    Tutoring and Learning Help

    Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center
    Helps students and adults with dyslexia and ADD, as well as parents, teachers and professionals who work with them.
    Kitty Petty ADD/LD Institute
    Provides education, resources, and support to children, youth and adults with ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities.
    Learning Disabilities Association of California
    Volunteer organization of parents, professionals, and adults with learning disabilities whose purpose is to promote and support the education and general welfare of children and adults of potentially normal intelligence who manifest learning, perceptual, and/or behavioral handicaps.
    Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center
    Parent-run information and resource center helping families of children with special needs in Marin, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

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