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 so many facilities for troubled teens in certain states and almost none in others?
Why are there so few institutions that can require students to remain enrolled in their programs by parental mandate…
The legal age is also known as the age of legal majority. This is the age at which a person gains the legal status of an adult, enabling one to gain independence from parents. The legal age is set by state law and can differ from state to state. However, almost all states set the base legal age as 18 years old for most applications. There are three exceptions: Nebraska and Alabama (19), with Mississippi (21
Until about 10 years ago, parents were able to enroll their children in programs with obligatory boarding arrangements to better protect and prepare their minor child for a successful future. Such decisions were undoubtedly made under very stressful situations. Parental rights and choice were regarded above that of the defiant teen.
Prompted by Federal mandate, several years ago about 46 states in the USA changed their laws to allow age of majority having to do with adolescent treatment to decrease from the traditional age 18 to as low as 12-14 years of age.
This is and was an egregious overstep by the federal government concerning freedom of parental rights in dealing with their children. Therefore, about four of the states refused these policy changes arguing that they would have an adverse affect on the parents' ability to direct the lives of their minor children.
States such as Utah, Idaho and others, have legally maintained the age of majority for a student to continue to be at age 18. This logical move was made with an understanding that the parents know best what the needs of their child are better than the government.
Incidentally, Costa Rica among other nations, also maintains that parents are the most qualified to know what is best for their child. It maintains the age of majority of its students, or students that are there under their perview, to also be age 18 majority.
It follows that when these 46 states changed their law, inappropriately as we argue, and took away these historically held parental rights from their families, the institutions that used to operate in those states closed. They could not afford to stay open because they could not keep the child at the facilities. Essentially, the child could sign themselves in and out of the school at will.
One such example can be found in the state of Texas. Texas used to have close to 40 programs across this great state. Many other states had one or two programs at least. Now they basically have none that will accept students age 14 and up. There is no longer a legal environment for them to fiscally exist anymore.
If you are in one of the states where 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. This gives you the legal right have your child escorted from your home setting and transported directly to our sites as was once the historical case in all states.
Again, we operate our boarding programs in the states where they can legally operate... where you can place the child and not worry about a him or her just walking away. The child can be retained in that school setting, even if they don’t want to be there
We have Three facilities that have been operating for 21 years with staff who have been with us for those 21 years. We operate only in Idaho, Utah and in Costa Rica presently where the law states that the child is a minor until 18 years of age. The parents can place the child and the child must respect the parents' wishes. The child must remain at the facilities and cannot sign in or out without parent consent.
In Costa Rica, we are able to offer our scholarship program at the annual cost of $39,995 plus escort per year.
If you choose the process in Idaho or Utah, the cost is $49,995 plus escort and a one time upfront school processing fee of $1500.
The program runs the same in all places with the exception of the Spanish language immersion experience in Costa Rica. With the immersion experience, students typically test out of one to two years of Spanish in most US colleges. Many students become conversationally fluent after three to four months on site.
Typically, because space is at a premium in Idaho and Utah most of our students begin their program in Costa Rica, but do spend some time in Idaho or Utah eventually.
Accredited High School Diploma Program in the United States
If the child is 16 or older or turns 16 during their stay, he or she can typically be motivated to complete work to receive a full high school diploma while they are with us. This is a fully accredited High school diploma in the United States. However, there is an additional $75 a month fee from the Smart Horizons, the provider of that high school diploma program. Those fees must be paid in order to receive that fully accredited high school diploma and this $75 fee is additional to the regular $125 school and incidentals fees charged monthly.
For starters, it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Having experienced students growing and learning while living in Costa Rica for 20 years, we feel confident that it is the best place to help you with your student in so many ways. It is important to note that Costa Rica is not Mexico. The infrastructure in Costa Rica is on a similar level as found in the US with the same standards. For example, you can actually drink the water from the tap which our students and I have done for 20 years without getting sick once. 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 (https://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/07/05/costa.rica.happy.nation/index.html)
Costa Rica is now known as the “new Hawaii” and is a great place to get a vacation home, retire or to invest. Costa Ricans, 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 speak some English which is mandatory study in K-12 and college in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a safe country, to the extent that they have no military, enjoying the protection of the United States of America against any foreign entities. The people are highly educated, kind, attractive, and will do anything they can for you.
Costa Ricans love Americans and recognize that their number one industry is tourism. They are very cognizant of this fact and endeavor to assure that Americans are accepted and appreciated.
All of these factors considered, Costa Rica is, in this person's opinion, a paradise and the number one place for your student to grow, learn the personal discipline and work ethic they need for success, and have an incredible study abroad experience while doing so.
Before we retired and worked with a large volume of kids, we averaged anywhere from 200 and 600 kids per school. We had extensive boarding school campuses where we housed and fed a great number of students. In 2012 we retired and currently work with a total of sixteen students in Costa Rica and typically four students in Idaho and sixteen students in Utah.
Currently we don’t need extensive campuses and for those reasons and for this purpose our students live in a study abroad, foreign exchange like living arrangement, with our staff who’ve been with us for twenty years.
The staff are all bilingual and also able to administer the Spanish immersion program, specifically in Costa Rica, which we do the first three months when they’re there. In 3 months our students automatically become conversationally fluent In Spanish and 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 a foreign exchange 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 wholesome activities and only with students that are already working in the program.
It’s a fact that everyone around us has an effect on us and that extends to their behavior. Think of your child’s behavior right now with their present peer group. You wouldn’t want to send them to an environment where they’ll be exposed to more kids with more habits they would live with daily… We solve this in our Costa Rica homes where there’s typically only one student to a family and all the family does is take care of your student. They make sure your student gets attention and are not distracted by other students or other issues. We have found a greater level of success through this process and is also one of the reasons 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
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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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