Insider’s Guide: List of (Almost All) Therapeutic Boarding Schools

I get loads of calls and emails every month for advice on how to find the best therapeutic boarding school. Unfortunately, there is no one-stop shopping list of schools so I’ve done my best to list them all out below. I’m sure I’ve missed some. By the time this is posted, there will probably be a few new ones that pop up, a few that changed their name or got gobbled up by a big company. If you have updates, feel free to email me and I’ll post the new info here. This is not meant to be an endorsement of these programs, just a list. As I visit schools that do great work, I generally will do a blog post about what I’ve found and why I like what they’re doing.

Academy at Sisters

62895 Hamby Rd Bend, OR 97701
800.910.0412
Female Only, High School, Junior High School, Licensed

Adelbrook

60 Hicksville Rd. Cromwell, CT 06416
860.635.6010
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen, Religious

Alabama Institute for Deaf and…

1209 Fort Lashley Ave. Talladega, AL 35160-2339
256.761.3259
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Allendale Association

600 W Grand Ave, Lake Villa, IL 60046
888.255.3631
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Flexschool

97 Whitney Avenue New Haven, CT 06510
203.628.4018
34 Russo Place Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
908.322.0554
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed

Kids Peace – Graham Lake Campus

16 Kidspeace Way Ellsworth, ME 04605
800.257.3223
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed

Kids Peace – Orefield, PA

5300 KidsPeace Drive Orefield, PA 18069
800.854.3123
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed

King’s Daughter School

412 West 9th Street Columbia, TN 38401
931.388.3810
Coed, College Prep, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

La Amistad

1650 Park Avenue North Maitland, Florida 32751
800.433.1122
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Lake Mary Center

100 Lakemary Drive Paola, KS 66071
913.557.4000
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Pre-Teen

Laurel Ridge Facility

17720 Corporate Woods Drive, San Antonio, TX 78259
210.491.9400
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed

Learning Clinic, The

473 Pomfret Rd, Brooklyn, CT 06234
860.774.5619
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen, Wilderness Program

Liahona Academy

325 W 600 N, Hurricane, UT 84737
800.675.8101
High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Male Only, Pre-Teen

Life Development Institute

18001 North 79th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85308
866.736.7811
Coed, College Prep, High School, Licensed

Little Keswick School

500 Little Keswick Lane, Keswick, VA 22947
434.295.0457
High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Male Only, Pre-Teen

Logan River Academy

1683 S. HWY 89/91 Logan UT 84321
866.755.8400
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Luther Hall RTC

3911 20th Ave. S. Fargo, ND 58103
701.235.7341
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen, Religious

Main Place Youth

1111 North Main Street Kingman, KS 67068
620.532.2681
Female Only, High School, Junior High School, Religious

Marsh Foundation

1229 Lincoln Highway Van Wert, Ohio 45891
419.238.1695
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Matheny School

65 Highland Ave Peapack, NJ 07977
908.234.0011
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

May Center for Child Development

511 Main St, West Springfield, MA 01089
413.785.5462
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Melmark

2600 Wayland Road Berwyn, PA 19312
800.695.6815
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Menninger Residential Treatment Program

12301 Main Street Houston, TX 77035
800.351.9058
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Meridell Achievement Center

12550 W Hwy 29 Liberty Hill, TX 78642
800.366.8656
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Mid-Pacific Institute

2445 Kaala Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
808.973.5000
Coed, College Prep, High School, Junior High School, Pre-Teen

Midwest Center for Youth and Families

1012 W. Indiana Street Kouts, IN 46347
888.629.3471
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Monarch School

2815 Rosefield Dr. Houston, TX 77080
713.479.0800
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

New Haven

228 West 400 North, Saratoga Springs, UT 84045
888.317.3958
College Prep, Female Only, High School, Junior High School, Licensed

New Leaf Academy

63050 Dickey Rd, Bend, OR 97701
877.820.5050
Female Only, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Newport Academy

Conneticut, California, Pennsylvania
888-934-1222
Coed, College Prep, High School

Northwest Academy

1130 SW Main Street Portland, OR 97205-2047
503.223.3367
Coed, College Prep, High School

Northwest Academy

139 Success Lane Naples, ID 83847
877.882.0980
Coed, College Prep, Middle School, High School

Northwest Children’s Home

602 13th St, Lewiston, ID 83501
208.743.9404

Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen


Oaklawn, the Children’s Campus

1411 Lincolnway W, Mishawaka, IN 46544
574.259.5666

Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen


Oliverian School

28 Becket Drive Pike, NH 03780
603.989.5100

Coed, College Prep, High School


Paradise School – Catholic

6156 West Canal Road Abbottstown, PA 17301-8982
717.259.9537
Coed, Junior High School, Pre-Teen, Religious

Penrith

662 Scotia Rd, Newport, WA 99156
509.447.0665
Coed, College Prep, High School

Providence Pass Girls Academy

866.738.2785 Orlando, Fl, 32836
High School, Female Only, Religious

Red Rock Canyon School

747 E St George Blvd St. George, UT 84770
877.705.7831
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

S.A.I.L. at Ferncliff Manor

1154 Saw Mill River Road Yonkers, NY 10710
914.968.4854
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Saint Francis Center at Salina

5097 West Cloud Salina, KS 67401
785.825.0563
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

San Marcos Treatment Center

120 Bert Brown Road, San Marcos, Texas 78666
800.251.0059
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Secret Harbor School

225 N. Walnut St., Burlington, Washington, 98233
360.755.5700
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Pre-Teen

Shelterwood Academy

3205 N Twyman Rd, Independence, MO 64058
866.585.8939
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Pre-Teen, Religious

Shortridge Academy

619 Governors Rd, Milton, NH 03851
877.903.8968
Coed, College Prep, High School, Junior High School, Licensed

Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School

6245 S. Ingleside Avenue Chicago, IL 60637
773.420.2900
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Spaulding Youth Center

72 Spaulding Road Northfield, New Hampshire 03726
603.286.8901
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Spring Mountain Treatment Center

7000 West Spring Mountain Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89117
702.873.2400
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Spring Ridge Academy

13690 S. Burton Rd. Mayer, AZ 86333
928.632.4602
Female Only, High School

Springbrook

105 Campus Drive Oneonta, NY 13820
607-286-7171
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Pre-Teen, Religious

Stetson High School

455 South Street, Barre, MA 01005
978.355.4541
High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Male Only, Pre-Teen

Stewart Home School

4200 Lawrenceburg Road Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
502.227.4821
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Pre-Teen

Summit Preparatory

1605 Danielson Road Kalispell, MT 59901
406.758.8100
Coed, College Prep, High School, Licensed

Summit School at Nyack

339 North Broadway Upper Nyack, NY 10960
845.358.7772
Coed, College Prep, High School, Junior High School, Licensed

Sunrise Girl’s Home/Academy

65 N 1150 W, Hurricane, UT 84737
888.317.3961
Female Only, High School, Junior High School, Pre-Teen

Sunrise School

13130 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
877.994.3588
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Pre-Teen, Autism, Developmental Disabilities

Uinta Academy

3746 South 4800 West Wellsville, UT 84339
435.245.2600
Female Only, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

United Methodist Children’s Home

2002 S. Fillmore St., Little Rock
501.661.0720
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen, Religious

Villa Maria

2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD
410.252.6343
Coed, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen, Religious

Villa Santa Maria

19 Cirguela Rd, Cedar Crest, NM 87008
505.281.3609
Coed, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen, Attachment Issues

Visions Adolescent Treatment Program

33335 Mulholland Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
866-889-3665
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed

Wediko Children’s Services

11 Bobcat Blvd., Windsor, NH 03244
603.478.5236
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed

Wellspring Foundation, Inc.

21 Arch Bridge Road Bethlehem, CT 06751
203.266.8002
College Prep, Female Only, High School, Licensed

Wildwood School

2995 Curry Road Extension, Schenectady, NY 12303
518.836.2200
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Willow Springs Center

690 Edison Way, Reno, NV 89502
800.448.9454
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Woods Services Mollie Woods Program

40 Martin Gross Dr, Langhorne, PA 19047
215.750.4000
Coed, High School, Junior High School, Licensed, Pre-Teen

Program Review: Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

You may have recently heard of Timberline Knolls for the high-profile admission of Ke$ha on Friday, January 3, 2014. Or maybe you heard of Timberline Knolls when Demi Lovato was raving about it to MTV when she was discharged several years earlier. Both of these and many other celebs are drawn to Timberline Knolls for their quiet, discrete environment with a good reputation for getting young women healthy.  imgres

Reviews

We take reviews from the internet lightly since they could have been written by competitors (yes, that really happens), written by staff posing as program alums or written by actual alums. Unfortunately – there’s just no way to know for sure so be cautious when considering the reviews. Most of the negative reviews for Timberline Knolls across these sites indicates pretty good clinical program, really nice setting, but super high pricing which may not be very transparent (not currently listed on their site) and significant problems with the Timberline Knolls administration for various issues. 

Google Reviews: 2.8/10 (10 Reviews)
Yelp Reviews: 5/5 (2 Reviews)
EdTreatmentReviews.com: Mixed
BBB.com: 8 Complaints
ComplaintsBoard.com: 6 Complaints 

Who They Serve

They admit women ages 12 – 60’s to extremely discrete care (lots of celebrities). Timberline Knolls recognizes that recovery from eating disorders, addiction and the other conditions is a lifelong process for women. Women require different tools as they move through different phases of life. Their customized program addresses the unique treatment needs of women at various stages of life. 

Many adult women come to Timberline Knolls after having been in recovery for many years. They offer programming tailored to the specific needs of mature women, including those of mothers with children at home. Many clients come to them having been triggered by complicated life events like a death in the family, divorce or significant career challenges.

Residents live in separate lodge settings based upon their age. Adolescent girls attend school at the state-approved Timberline Knolls Academy. They benefit from the tight integration between the classroom and a therapeutic living environment that supports their social, developmental and clinical needs. Check out their video here

Location

timberline-knolls-campusTimberline Knolls (40 Timberline Drive Lemont, Illinois 60439) is located on 43 wooded acres just a few miles southwest of Chicago, less than a half-hour’s drive from either O’Hare or Midway Airport. An interesting side-note: The campus received recognition for its beauty from the American Institute of Landscape Architects. The tranquil grounds contain a lake and reflecting ponds, an historic art studio, comfortable contemporary residential facilities, and outdoor activity fields.

Residents are housed in one of four residential lodges, (Oak, Maple, Pine and Willow), which are staffed 24 hours a day with nursing and clinical support staff. Timberline Knolls also employs on-campus security staff 24 hours a day to protect the safety and privacy of both residents and staff.


Fees, Insurance and Financing 

$875 per day. The daily rate is inclusive for all clinical, educational, psychiatric, behavioral/milieu, nursing, and expressive therapeutic services on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis. Individual, family, and group therapies are included. It also includes all meals and lodging. The daily rate is based on a tuition model of monthly billing. Non-included services are off-site medical services such as pediatrics, gynecology, dentistry, dermatology, hospitalization, urgent care, emergency care, urine/blood/lab work, etc., and medications. If any of these services are required, the specific provider of those services will directly invoice the parent(s)/guardian(s) or their insurance. 

If applicable Timberline Knolls works with a client’s insurance company (some in-network, some out-of-network) to get as much of the fees covered. Admissions counselors will help clients investigate their benefits.

If insurance is not an option and out-of-pocket is out-of-reach, contact Timberline Knolls and ask about financing.

Final Thoughts

Timberline Knolls had a bumpy start when they started in 2005. The original founders were two pretty shady characters who have since been replaced by reputable investors that seem to be focused on providing a good quality program to upper and middle class women. Most of the feedback we gathered from online and colleagues was that they do a descent job working with the clinical issues but could be a lot more upfront about expenses. They also received several negative marks for having difficult admin staff. These issues could be more about personality (clients as well as the staff) and less about policies that impact every client.

Overall, we encourage perspective clients to take a tour and consider the program. It’s best to higher an educational consultant or case manager to go with you. They will ask detailed questions you may not think to ask or just feel way too uncomfortable to ask. This is a decision you should not make alone.