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Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks:
Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks (CALO), located in Lake Ozark, Missouri, is a specialized adolescent residential treatment setting for boys & girls (ages 12-18). At CALO, we with work a small window of student issues focusing specifically on issues of emotion, attachment and trauma. At CALO relationships are the primary change agent. All treatment is connected to and motivated by relationships. Relationships with family, CALO staff, and CALO peers are what drive change.

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Specialized Residential Treatment Programs for Boys & Girls (Ages 12-18)
School at CALO focuses on the needs of the learner. Our philosophy is that sometimes the shortest distance between two points is the long way around. This philosophy is meant to remind us that the learner must have their emotional and personal needs met in preparation for academic studies.

Academic time consists of 2 to 3 hour sessions which are set throughout the day, with adequate breaks in between. This facilitates various learning styles and divides school into productive smaller blocks. Students attend school 20 to 25 hours per week. This includes regular class time, community outings, Saturday school, and special field trips.

Canine Program:
Students better understand Trust of Control when they learn how to train, discipline, lead, and regulate canine behavior. As students struggle with poor behavior fromPhoto of Therapeutic Boarding School in Missouri the dogs and the difficulties of training the canines, students are helped to understand frustrations their parents have similarly felt.

This process lays the foundation of students feeling empathy for their parents. Empathy is the fertile soil where attachment can grow. This empathy is gained experientially, not through abstract discussion.

Education Plans:
A detailed Education Plan is created for each CALO student after a thorough review of former or current IEPs, transcripts, and all background information. A Student Interest Survey (SIS) helps us to learn your child’s unique interests and strengths.

The Learning Styles Assessment (LSA) ensures our teachers will know the multitude of modalities available in reaching and teaching your child. A Course Selection Plan (CSP) outlines classes taken and maps out curriculum choices. And finally, an Accommodations Checklist (AC) ensures your child will receive any and all needed modifications to facilitate their learning needs.

Playing Catch Up:
We specialize in helping students catch up. If your child has fallen behind their peers academically- we can help. CALO school is in session year around.

We will create a plan to re-align your student’s curriculum so that not only will they catch up, in many cases, our students work ahead to ease their transition back into a traditional school setting. We have students who have not only completed CALO curriculum; they have enrolled in college classes as well.

Three Tracks of Study:

Therapy-based Academic Track:

The focus of a Therapy-based Academic Track is to create an education plan designed to foster the emotional and therapeutic needs of the student. This is for students who have little or no HS credit and for those whose primary focus is therapeutic.

Course selection is driven by the treatment team in choosing classes that would foster communication, expression, personal enrichment, and other goals including the GED, vocational training and entering the workforce.

Restorative Academic Track:
The Restorative Academic Track is designed for students who have fallen behind their peers- for students who need to “catch up.” Up to two years of course work is evenly spread out over their anticipated stay at CALO.

Students on this track are required to use portions of personal time, weekends, and evenings to ensure meeting deadlines. This requires a large commitment from both student and family.

Standard/Collegiate Track:
The Standard/Collegiate Academic Track is designed for students who are currently at grade level and who are on par with their peers. A proportionate amount of academics is evenly spread out over their anticipated stay at CALO.

In this way, they neither fall behind nor move ahead of their peers. Sub-categories include college-bound or HS diploma.

Recreation Therapy:
The Therapeutic Recreation program at CALO utilizes experiential therapy in connection with a varied natural landscape to provide recreational opportunities that are exciting, adventurous, and therapeutic.

Individual & Family Therapy:
Weekly individual and family therapy is conducted by the treating therapist. At times a crisis or impasse in the child's progress may increase or decrease the frequency of therapy.

Therapy is conducted by therapists who have a master’s level or higher. Interventions and modalities are consistent with CALO’s clinical model and tailored to meet individual student and family needs. CALO therapists utilize cutting edge resources such as Neurofeedback and transferrable attachment with canines.

Group Therapy:
Research has shown that group therapy with adolescents is highly effective; primarily because adolescents pay overwhelming attention to the peer group and try to emulate group behavior. During adolescence, the persuasion of the peer group is often far more influential than parental advice and direction.

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Address: 130 CALO Lane, Lake Ozark, Camdenton, Missouri , USA
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2020-06-30 were from:

St. Louis, MO;   North Kansas City;   St. Peter’s MO;   Taylorville il;   Belton mo;   St Louis;   KC MO;   O’Fallon, MO;   Bethesda , Md;   Great Bend Kansas;   and more.
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Courses / Programs
Located on 200 acres in Independence (14 miles East of Kansas City), Missouri, Shelterwood is a licensed residential teen treatment facility offering individual, group, and family therapy along with an accredited school and mentorship program.

Our program for teens is a year-long journey which fosters dynamic academic growth through small class sizes, small group discussions, and qualified teachers.

We treat struggling adolescents that may be spiraling out of control and showing signs of: low self-esteem, depression and suicidal thoughts; abuse, anger, oppositional defiance or anxiety; drug and alcohol abuse, addictions or rebelliousness; academic challenges, learning difficulties and school suspensions; low motivation, manipulation, and poor peer choices; family conflict and substance abuse; Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Shelterwood is accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools.
Year-Long Therapeutic Boarding School Programs:

Academic features include:
- Pre-Algebra
- Algebra 1 & 2
- Geometry
- Consumer Math
- Government
- US History
- World History
- Geography
- Economics
- English I - IV
- Earth Science
- Biology
- Integrated Science
- Chemistry
- Physics
- Health
- Environmental Science
- Art
- Drama...
Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI)
Courses / Programs
Located in northwestern Montana, Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI) is an accredited, family-run, therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens (boys and girls) ages 13-18 from Iowa and acrossthe United States.

In our beautiful, peaceful, and safe location, we combine the benefits of a therapeutic boarding school, a wilderness program, and a residential treatment center (RTC).

TWAI has been serving struggling teens and their families since 2002, with an exceptional degree of success.

We provide an extremely high standard of therapeutic treatment to our students, and offer help for the following presenting issues: poor academic performance, behavioral problems, addictions, low self-worth, spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, and attachment disorders among others.

With a passion for helping young people in crisis, our clinical, educational, and operations staff are among the best in the country.

We are a small program (40 students) which means that we are able to provide a truly unique and customized approach for every student.

Typically our on site student to staff ratio is 5:1. The average stay at our residential treatment center is 12 months.

Parent Testimonial:
"We feel reassured that our son Chad is in good hands being guided onto the right track...We are really beginning to get our son back again! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Therapeutic Boarding School
For troubled teens ages 13-18

- Middle School Program
- High School Program
- Credit Recovery
- Accelerated Learning
- College Preparation/ AP Classes
- SAT/ACT Testing Center
- Anti-Bullying Program

We also provide a GED program, and college courses.

We create a customized program for each student that requires a minimum of 3 months. However, best results for lasting success are realized through 6+ months of treatment.

TWAI graduates average a 3.5 GPA. It is common for a student to complete 1.5 years of course work in 1 year.
Runnymede School for Boys
Courses / Programs
Runnymede School is a Christian year-round boarding school in rural Missouri for boys (ages 9-16) having behavioral, academic and emotional problems.

Runnymede School is located on 31 acres about 30 minutes from Springfield and offers a disciplined, structured and purposeful lifestyle that strives to reform destructive behavior while teaching Godly masculinity. Runnymede focuses on daily biblical counseling and lots of hard work in basic life skills.

With only four students per class, your son will receive invaluable one on one tutoring and counsel that can be given when they sit in the house and when they walk by the way, when they lie down and when they rise up.

Again, with intensified counseling and mentoring your son will be away from home for less time, which means less cost for you.
Year-Long Boarding School Program for Boys Ages 9-16:

- Individualized intruction in all core classes plus many extra classes unique to Runnymede School. Each student receives a personalized curriculum upon admission.

- Electives include physical education, music, church history, latin, agriculture, wood shop, horticulture, biblical economics, small business basics, basic auto, bible.

- Our main focus is on the Godly character of the student as this is paramount to his future.
Agape Boarding School, Stockton
Courses / Programs
Located in Stockton, in Cedar County, southwest Missouri, Agape Boarding School is a non-profit boarding school for troubled and at risk boys in Grades 6-12 that specializes in a college preparatory program with AP courses, SAT and ACT along with a behavior modification program.

For the young man whose relationship has been destroyed with his parents, we help to repair and rebuild that relationship.

Instead of the student quitting or resorting to the "easy" solution, the staff at Agape work with these young men in order that they may find the right answers to their problems. The minimum stay in twelve months. We are accredited by the State of Missouri.

Students live in our new four-story dormitory building with 32 completely private shower stalls, bathroom facilities to accommodate 28 students at a time, and 160 individual student closet areas.

We have recently added a brand new basketball gymnasium with two separate workout areas. For outdoor events Agape has a swimming pool and a multi-use field with a baseball diamond in the southeast section. Students are able to play intramural flag football, soccer, and baseball during free time.
Boarding Programs for troubled and at risk boys (Grades 6-12)

- Behavior Modification Program
- Minimum Stay 12 Months

- College Preparatory Curriculum with English, social studies, economics, math, science, bible and electives including speech, music, foreign languages and physical education

- Advanced Placement Courses
- College Preparation Courses ACT and SAT
- Learning Center
- Ranch Program for students who are interested in working with animals
Wings of Faith Academy
Courses / Programs
Wings of Faith Academy is a residential Christian boarding school for girls ages 8-17 who are struggling with bad behavior, rebellion, or academic issues.

We work with teenage and pre-teen girls to help them become God-honoring and parent-honoring young ladies and to be an honest, hard-working asset to the community in which they will live.

Our school helps your teen to build her academic skills and earn the credits needed for a high school diploma. This program serves teen girls of all academic aptitudes.
Residential Boarding School Programs for girls ages 8-17:

- Fully accredited high school diploma through a dual-enrollment program with Lighthouse Christian Academy.

Academic Courses:
- Math Courses
- English Courses
- Social Studies Courses
- Science Courses
- Bible Electives
- Physical Education
- Music
- Spanish...
Nebraska Christian Schools
Courses / Programs
Nebraska Christian School (NCS) is an inter-denominational, Christian boarding and day school located west of Omaha in Central City, Merrick County, Nebraska.

NCS offers a full educational program for preschool- Grade 12 with boarding from Grades 7-12. We focus on providing a college preparatory curriculum with AP courses, ACT and SAT and a program of extra-curricular activities and student services.

Additionally, we offer vocational classes such as family & consumer science and industrial arts as well as ESL programs for our international students. We run a four day school week with the fifth day used for special programs, tutoring, study time and trips.

Residence facilities are available for senior high students and mature junior highers which emcompasses grades 7-12. We provide separate dorms for boys and girls. Nebraska Christian admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

We are approved by the Nebraska Department of Education and are an ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) member school.
Co-Educational Boarding & Day Programs:

- Boarding Programs (Grades 7-12)
- Day Programs from (preschool-Grade 12)
- 4-day school week with fifth day used for special programs, tutoring, study time and trips
- College Preparatory Curriculum with math, science, English, social studies, and foreign languages
- Advanced Placement Courses
- College Preparation Courses ACT and SAT
- Vocational classes such as family & consumer science and industrial arts
- English as a Second Language Program