Therapeutic Schools

Therapeutic Junior Boarding Schools

Students at therapeutic boarding schools benefit from one on one and group therapy in a supportive and caring environment. Students at these schools may have emotional, behavioral, learning, or substance-abuse challenges for which these schools are well equipped to handle and control. We do not include boot-camp, survivalist, wilderness, or facilities located within hospitals or medical treatment centers in this list. If your child does not need therapeutic services, but could still benefit from the change of environment which boarding schools offer, we recommend investigating special needs schools, small schools, or military schools.

While therapeutic, these schools are not lock-down facilities. Students are not under watch 24/7 by a clinical care team and you won’t find cameras watching every nook and cranny. If your child is suicidal or prone to self-harm or harm to others, a more clinical setting will likely be more appropriate.

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Asheville Academy
Asheville Academy is a therapeutic boarding school located in North Carolina that offers a close-knit supportive community designed to help girls ages 10-14 overcome their challenges and become the best version of themselves. We restore hope and teach the skills that girls will need to succeed in life.
Cherokee Creek Boys School
Cherokee Creek Boys School is a therapeutic boarding school for boys nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains in Westminster, South Carolina. Our talented staff provides a warm and nurturing environment for 40 boys — ages 10-15 in grades 5 through 9 — to discover a sense of hope and optimism for their future.
Cherry Gulch
Our picturesque ranch setting located on 220-acres outside of Boise, Idaho, provides the perfect environment for boys aged 10-15 in which our doctorate and master’s level therapists and certified teachers provide individualized treatment and education, including: individual, group, and family psychotherapy, equine assisted therapy, a strong parenting program, a low staff-to-student ratio, and much more!
Forest Heights Lodge
Located in the Rocky Mountains in Evergreen, Colorado, Forest Height Lodge's Treatment Model is designed for boys ages 5-14 who struggle to create healthy relationships in their lives and may also be challenged with psychological or learning problems.
Moonridge Academy
Moonridge Academy provides a specialized, unique learning and healing environment for younger troubled teen girls ages 11-15. Girls who come to Moonridge Academy are often beginning to experiment with high risk behaviors.
New Leaf Academy
New Leaf Academy is an all-girls therapeutic boarding school for 10-15 year olds at time of admission. Our program is tailored to the developmental, social, emotional and academic needs of a pre-adolescent and young adolescent girl. At New Leaf Academy, our goal is to help your daughter gain the skills she needs to be successful in the home, at school and with friends. We want to help you create a working relationship with your daughter that will enable you and your daughter to navigate the challenges of adolescence successfully.
Sandhill Center
Sandhill Center is a residential treatment program in New Mexico for children ages 5 to 13 who are experiencing significant difficulties functioning in their current home, school or community due to the inability to regulate their emotional states. Through a clinically sophisticated, relational, and nurturing approach we help develop the capacity for regulation and repair a child’s trust in adult care and guidance.
Whetstone Academy
At Whetstone Academy, students experience change and growth through an integrative program of individualized and group therapy as well as academics that recognizes the needs of the whole child. Utilizing adult-guided peer interactions, students are encouraged to re-examine and rethink their perceptions of the world and to recognize and appreciate the opportunities that life holds for them. has no affiliation with any therapeutic schools and can not suggest one over another for your child’s therapeutic needs. Before enrolling your child in any of the above schools, be sure to speak with admissions directors, therapists, other parents of students at the school, staff, and, if able, some of the students currently going to the school to determine if the educational and therapy programs the school provides will be beneficial for your child. Please contact us if you find any of the above schools to be clinical, boot-camp, wilderness, or survivalist programs as we do not generally recommend such programs for younger students.

For more information, visit the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.