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Questions to Ask Schools

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General:

Staff:

  • Is the staff qualified for their position with the school? Do you perform background checks on staff prior to hiring?
  • Who is the director and what are their credentials and background?
  • Can I speak with the director personally?
  • Does the staff participate in continuing education?
  • Does the program employ a full time psychologist or liceIs the facility licensed?
  • How many years has the school/program been in operation?
  • Are there extra fees over the tuition?
  • What is the average stay? Is there aftercare?
  • What is the success rate? Is there a guarantee? (Most cannot give an accurate success rate since families are all very unique with different circumstances).
  • If my child turns 18, can they stay if they are willing to?
  • Do you offer open enrollment?
  • What are the average age and how many students are in the school?
  • If it is coed, are males and females kept separate? How?
  • Which form(s) of discipline is/are used? What are their consequences?
  • Will my teen have access to cell phone and/or internet? What are the policies on usage?
  • nsed clinical social worker?

Educational:

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  • Are the academics accredited? Through what organization?
  • Will my teen’s transcripts be accepted at their local school?
  • Are the teachers credentialed? What is their experience?
  • Do you offer special education or help with learning disabilities?
  • Are SAT, ACT, or other college placement tests available at the school?
  • What extracurricular opportunities are offered? Do you offer music, sports, arts, etc?
  • Do you offer vocational or college courses?
  • Are there extra fees for special classes?

Medical and Therapy:

  • Is therapy offered and is it included in the tuition?
  • If not, what is the fee and will my insurance cover it?
  • Where is the nearest hospital to the facility?
  • Is there a doctor or nurse on staff? If not, how often do they visit?
  • Do you accept children on medication? Does this school/program believe in medication?

Behavior:

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  • Will you keep a child that doesn’t want to attend? How?
  • Do you accept children that are escorted?
  • Can the child be expelled? If so, what must they do to get expelled?
  • Do you accept teens that are extremely aggressive?
  • Do you accept court appointed teens?
  • Do you accept teens with criminal records?
  • What types of children are accepted into the school?
  • What are the consequences for children that become out of control?

Financial and Legal:

  • What is the tuition? What does it include?
  • Do you offer educational loans?
  • Do you offer scholarships?
  • What is the termination policy? If we decide to remove our child prior the completion of the contract, are there penalties?
  • Should an attorney review the contract for our family?
  • Is there a discount if we pre-pay tuition in full?
  • Do you accept IEPs?
  • Do you accept medical insurance? Will you file for us?
  • If my child is 17+ years old, can they legally sign themselves out of a program? In certain states, this is allowed.

*Most contracts will give the school/program temporary custody of your child. This is in the event that they need to have medical treatment for him/her, or if a child runs away, gets picked up by authorities for whatever reason, they will only release a child to a custodial or guardian. Most contracts will also state that this in no way supersedes or replaces the rights of the parent which means that we will always communicate with the parent and submit to the parent regarding decisions for their child.

Safety Measures:

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  • If a teen runs away, what procedure is taken?
  • Is the facility staff secured 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
  • What are the credentials of the staff?
  • What is the staff-to-student ratio?
  • Is there regulations put on mail and phone calls?
  • Do staff members read the mail? Do they monitor the calls?

Visits to the School and Communication:

  • Can we visit the school prior our child’s enrollment?
  • Will I be able to speak with my child? How often?
  • When can we expect our first visit after our child is enrolled?
  • How often can I visit my child? Are there required visits for parents?
  • Will I be allowed to take my child off campus?
  • Will I be allowed to have weekend visits off campus with my child?
  • Will my teen come home for the holidays? What is the schedule?
  • Do you offer transportation to the airports? What is the fee for this?
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    Excellent read by Kari Kampakis, WriterA mom of five kids (all teenagers) once told me that something they discuss a lot in their home is RECOVERY.

    Her husband’s big question to their five kids is: "What will your recovery be?" He tells his teenagers, “You’re going to make mistakes, and hard things will happen, but what will your recovery be? How will you respond when things don’t go as planned?”

    I love this concept because it’s so relevant – especially to teens. More often than not, this is the stage of life when adult-sized problems, disappointments, and heartaches begin to manifest.

    An accident they didn’t see coming.

    A romance that ended with a broken heart.

    A mistake they'll always regret.

    A dream that didn’t come true.

    A curve ball that changed their plans.

    A setback that felt like punishment.

    I’ve read many articles – you probably have too – about the importance of resiliency in kids. I’ve heard it said today’s kids often have high performance skills but low coping skills. Their talents and achievements are off the charts, but when it comes to the interior stuff, that grit that helps them handle the unexpected twists and turns of life, it often doesn’t develop to a mature level.

    I’m all for resiliency, but I don’t like watching the adversities that help build resilient kids. I don’t enjoy seeing my kids or others face bumps in the road or mountains that put their character and resolve to the test.

    What I’m trying to grow more comfortable with, however, is the truth that pain and life interruptions can serve a purpose. The obstacles our kids face often prepare them for blessings down the road or open up new doors they didn’t see coming.

    Most importantly, God will comfort them in their pain so they can comfort others. Whatever happens to our kids – good or bad – never goes to waste. God can use it all to grow His kingdom and draw them closer to Him.

    I believe helping a child recover begins with compassion and sensitivity. It means comforting them, crying with them, and confirming we’ll walk beside them. Whatever the next steps are, we’ll take that journey with them, because as long as we’re alive and able they will never walk alone.

    The next step is to instill hope. To give them something to cling to and remind them how the pain they feel is temporary. It won’t last forever, and things will get better.

    Nobody is guaranteed a problem-free life, and what every child realizes at some point is how fragile life circumstances can be. How bodies, hearts, and spirits can break from one unfortunate event…one devastating conversation…one poor choice…one bad performance…one painful punch in the gut.

    We can’t always prevent the trials our kids face, but we can influence their next chapter. We can empower them by asking, What will your recovery be? How will you make the best of this situation? What choices will you make from here that keep you moving in the right direction?

    And then, we can celebrate their recovery. We can applaud them as they work diligently to bounce back, move forward, and develop the grit and character that can be the hallmark of their story.

    For more inspiration join Kari Kampakis, Writer, or check out these books for teen & tween girls, used widely across the country for small group and church studies.

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