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Public Schools for Struggling Teens
Public schools for struggling teens may be difficult to find. Before sending your struggling teen off to a boarding school, residential treatment facility, military school, or boot camp read this article to see if there is a public school that fits the needs of your struggling teenager.
Teens can struggle in schools for a number of reasons. And for some people, the resources for such teens that immediately come to mind are private school options. There are, however, public school options for teens who are struggling. One particular type of public school that may arise to fill this need is the charter school. But there are other possibilities as well. This article provides an overview.
Matching Teens and Schools
Teens struggle in school for a variety of reasons. Here are some of them:
Clearly, children with all of these challenges might all be struggling, but the ideal environment that would be best for each might be quite different. In some cases, the boarding school for the “troubled teen” or the “therapeutic boarding school” is not the only, or possibly not even a good, solution.
What Are Charter Schools?
Charter schools are public elementary and secondary schools that have particular attributes in some areas and a great deal of freedom in others:
Because of their freedom, charter schools can sometimes offer an environment that is especially adapted to students with particular needs that may or may not be “special needs” in the legal sense.
Charter Schools vs. Boarding Schools
Unlike boarding schools, charter schools are designed to serve their local community. This means that if you are searching for a school for your child, and there is not a school that meets his or her needs locally, you have more of an issue than with a boarding school. But, on the other hand, since a charter school answers to the local school board or the state, you also can have more input into what goes on: there is local control.
You can find a complete list of charter schools published annually at the Center for Education Reform website: edreform.com
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