Tuition as low as $3295* per month or $39,995** 1 yr scholarship pd upfront, k12 school loan $390 **per monthly at C/Union
Tuition as low as $3295* per month or $39,995** 1 yr scholarship pd upfront, k12 school loan $390 **per monthly at C/Union
We are a Highly Successful Private Boarding School/Bootcamp for Troubled Teens & their Families for over 32 years; we’ve helped over 36,000 students with a 90% non-relapse if they’re with us for a year and 86% of our graduates go on to college.
We are boarding schools and boot camps that utilize a one-year process in changing the negative habits/behaviors that have been destroying your son or daughters life. Much of our success in life is based on our habits. If we have developed good relationship habits we tend to have good relationships. If we have cultivated good work habits, we tend to always have a job. If we have good study habits, we typically have advanced degrees. Ultimately, we are creatures of habit. Our good habits make us, our bad habits break us. If we have good daily habits, we become successful in every area of our lives.
Every student that comes to our boarding school learns these proper habits over a one year period. That segway’s their newly acquired successful behavior/habits into a sterling character, with self respect for themselves and for others.
Every student that comes to our program learns the following four cardinal principles:
1.Limits and boundaries and how to tell the truth.
The students learn, as we set limits and boundaries through the use of calisthenics as discipline. They learn how to tell the truth in all things which helps them win back their own self respect and once they start to like themselves again, they naturally begin to appreciate others. The minute we get them to start telling the truth, is the minute they begin to change.
2.We teach them how to work.
We Teach our students how to work hard as we instill an incredible work ethic, getting up at 6:30 in the morning and going until about 8:30 or 9:30 at night. There is complete structure Monday through Saturday. Honestly we just work their butts off and it has a tendency to mature them and help them in every area of their lives. We have found once they learn how to work, they can learn to work through just about anything in their lives now and in the future.
3. We teach our students Gratitude, Respect & Reverence
We teach them to have respect for themselves and others and to have reverence and gratitude, while they discover these sacred virtues in their own lives. As they do the first two principles on a consistent basis for about six months, they begin to experience these qualities naturally and begin to implement them in their lives.
4. We get them off the Internet and teach them how to serve others, letting go of entitlement and become their best selves.
We remove the students from the Internet and social media and its many forms of narcissism. Being in our program is like going back in time 50 years and being raised on a family farm where they have daily responsibilities. Most of all, we teach and learn how to forget themselves and serve others and focus on the needs and problems of those around them. This in turn, heals their individual issues that they are battling. A wise man once said, “behold, I tell you these things that you may learn wisdom, that you may learn that when you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of your God”
At our Schools students can graduate with a fully accredited High School diploma in one year
Why are there only certain states you can make your student go to like our programs and other states you cannot?
About 10 years ago in about 46 states of the Union changed their law under federal mandate, having to do with adolescent treatment from age of majority, From being historically, 18 years of age, To age of majority anywhere from 12 to 14 years of age of these some 46 states
This is and was egregious grab by the federal government concerning freedom of parental rights in dealing with their children and so about four of the states refused these policy changes that were being asked by them by the federal government saying that these policies would have an adverse affect on the Parents ability to direct the lives of their minor children. These states rejected these changes. States such as Utah, Idaho and others, have legally maintained the age of majority for a student to continue to be at age 18, seeing that the parent knows best what is the needs of their child and not the government. Costa Rica also maintains that the Parent is the best qualified person to know what is right for their child and maintains the age of majority of its students or students that are there under their preview to be age 18 majority also.
Also, when these 46 states changed their law inappropriately, we believe and took away these historically held parental rights from their families, All the schools that used to operate in those states closed because they could not afford to stay open because they could not keep the child at the schools, because the child could sign themselves in and out of the school at will
So, for example, the state of Texas used to have close to 40 programs across this great state and every other state had one or two programs at least and now they basically have none because there is not a legal environment for them to exist anymore. Even if you are in one of the states where this is the case that the age of majority is now 12-14 once you sign our school application/contract you are then legally agreeing to have your student in the school under the laws of a state that the school resides in which gives us the legal right to come and pick up your child from your home setting and transport/deliver them directly to the school as once was the historical case in all states.
Again, we operate our programs as boarding schools in the states that they can legally operate where you can place the child and not have to be worrying about a child just walking away but can be retained in that school setting, even if they don’t want to be there.
We have two facilities that have been operating for 21 years and our staff have been with us for those 21 years; because most states in the US now allow the child to sign themselves in or out of any treatment option without parent consent, we operate only in Idaho and in Costa Rica Where the law States that the child is a minor until 18 years of age and the parent can place the child and the child must respect the parents wishes and go to the program and cannot sign themselves in or out without parent consent. In Costa Rica we are able to offer our scholarship program where the program cost $38,400 plus escort per year if you attend the school in Idaho the cost is $48,400+ Escort and a one time upfront school credit fees of $1500 the program runs the same in both places with the exception of In Costa Rica where the student receives a full Spanish immersion complete with AP credits for college for the first three months and they are typically conversationally fluent in Spanish in three months through this process. Typically because space is really a premium in Idaho most of our students start in Costa Rica but will spend some time in Idaho eventually. If the child is 16 and older or turn 16 during their stay typically we can knock out a full high school diploma while they are with us this is for the accredited school diploma in the United States but be aware there is an extra $75 a month fee from the provider of that high school diploma Program; smart horizons that must be paid in order to receive that fully accredited high school diploma.
Why Costa Rica? For starters it is one of the most beautiful places in the world; and having lived in Costa Rica for 20 years personally it is the best place to help you with your student in so many ways; also you need to understand that Costa Rica is not Mexico. The infrastructure In Costa Rica is on the same level as found in the US with the same standards and believe it or not you can Actually drink the water from the tap which I personally did for 20 years and never got sick once and the safety issues that are always apparent in Mexico have nothing to do with Costa Rica. CNN rated Costa Rica as one of the best places in the world to live or to retire see their article here; https://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/07/05/costa.rica.happy.nation/index.html
Also I am very much a “gringo” but I lived in Costa Rica for 20 years and it was safer for me to live in Costa Rica than it was in South Carolina which is typically thought to be fairly safe. Also Costa Rica is now known as the “new Hawaii” and is a great place to get a vacation home, retire or to invest. Costa Rican‘s or Tico‘s as they are called have some of the highest levels of literacy in the world somewhere around 94% almost everyone in Costa Rica speaks English which is mandatory in K-12 and college in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is sort of the little brother of the United States and does not have an army because the United States is typically made anyone and everyone aware that they are under the US protection. The people are highly educated, kind, attractive, and typically will do anything for you. Costa Ricans love Americans and recognize that their number one industry is tourism and so they are very cognizant of that fact and try to make sure that Americans are accepted and appreciated. All of these factors considered Costa Rica in my opinion is Paradise and the number one place for your student to grow up, learn the discipline they need and have an incredible study abroad experience.
Before we retired And used to work with a large volume of kids. Where we averaged anywhere from 200 and 600 kids per school. We had extensive boarding school campuses where we would house and feed a great number of students; in 2012 we retired and only work with a total of 16 students in Costa Rica typically and four students in Idaho.
Obviously we don’t need extensive campuses for those reasons and for this purpose. So our students live in a study abroad, like foreign exchange living arrangements with our staff who’ve been with us for 20 years.
These staff are all bilingual and also are able to administer the Spanish immersion specifically in Costa Rica, which we do the first three months when they’re there. These students in 3 months automatically become conversationally fluent In Spanish, while we knock out their A.P Credits needed for college entrance. There’s also a problem that this addresses very well, in that you don’t want to put a bunch of bad apples in one barrel because they will feed off each other and your student will end up with bad habits that they didn’t have before they went into the program.
This is typically the problem that we have when students go into juvenile justice system or Juvie they pick up bad habits that they would’ve not had or literally learn how to be a criminal. So we really like this option; where the student has this foreign exchange student experience, one to a family staff member and lives in a family type setting which allows us to control their interaction with the other students. They interact with other students only in Controlled environments such as activities and only with students that’s already working with the program.
It’s a fact that everyone around effect us and that extends to their behavior think of their behavior right now with their present peer group. you don’t want to send them to environment where they’ll be exposed to more kids with more habits where they live with them daily… We solve this in our Costa Rica in that there’s typically only one student to a family and this is all of that family does is take care of your student. They make sure your student get their attention and are not distracted by other students or other issues and we have found a greater level of success through process, this also this is one of the reasons that we are able to do our scholarship program and be so cost-effective if we had to pay for the utilities and the cost of a campus that can hold 200 to 600 kids we would be charging at least $70,000 per year whereas right now we’re charging less than half of that.
Yes; passport is necessary for all travel to and from Costa Rica but you do not need a visa there are multiple services that can help you expedite your passport on Google and they can get you a passport typically within 48 hours it’s usually about another $200 over and above your regular passport fees but they physically walk it through a passport center and get it the same day and therefore can return it to you within 48 hours
Please contact us directly with any questions about our teen boot camps, troubled youth boarding schools or programs for troubled teens with any comments, or scheduling concerns.
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Please follow the link below on habit formation why it’s so important to young adults, neural pathways are easily created in the brain when the student is younger. Cognitive behavioral is far superior with young people than any other therapeutic methods. If you change a persons habits, you intrinsically change them forever, bad habits destroy you good habits make you successful whether you want to be or not.
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