We get multiple requests each week from concerned parents and guardians asking for a list of “good choice” programs to send their children. We are unable to give any safe, evidence-based recommendations for any programs. The abuse we continuously uncover in this industry is beyond just a few programs. These abusive practices are reported across the board and are ingrained in the pervasive culture of the Troubled Teen Industry. They are consistently reported across varying states, residential placement types, facility specializations, and even across decades. From our reports and data, it is evident that abuse is the norm. Below are programs that have been closed so far.

If any other industry had this many forced closures, immediate action would be taken. An estimated 120,000 to 200,000 children are at risk for abuse or worse within these schools at this very moment in the US alone.


Adventure Christian AcademyAnnie Malone’s Residential Treatment FacilityAuldern Academy
Buckner Children’s VillageCambia HillsCedar Ridge Academy
Circle of HopeCharles Hall Youth and Family ServicesClarinda Academy
Clarissa AcademyDesert HillsElahan Place
Hephzibah HouseHilltop Residential ProgramJohn Dewey Academy
Lakeside Academy/Lakeside for ChildrenMakana Leadership Academy/Makana OutreachNormative Services Academy
Northern Illinois AcademyRanch For Kids/Deep Springs RanchReflections Academy
Ridgeview Youth ServicesSequel Pomegranate/Torii Behavioral HealthShutter Clarinda Academy
STARR Albion Prep Residential ProgramTennyson CenterWebster Groves
Wilderness AcademyWood Creek Academy


Abounding Grace School for BoysAbundant Life AcademyAcademy at Cedar Mountain
Academy at Ivy RidgeAcademy at Swift RiverAcademy of Eastern Arizona
Academy of the SierrasAcadia MontanaAchievement Valley Ranch
Adirondack Leadership ExpeditionsAffinity FoundationAlldredge Academy
Allynwood AcademyAloha Youth AcademyAlpine Boys Ranch
Alternative Behavioral Treatment CentersAlternative Youth AcademyAlum Rock Counseling Center
American Buffalo Soldiers Boot CampAnchor Character Training AcademyAppalachian Wilderness Camp
Ark Youth Shelter and HomeARLCAscent Wilderness Intervention
Aspen Achievement AcademyAspen RanchAtishwin Institute
Auldern AcademyAustin Sendero RecoveryAxios Youth Community
Bald Eagle Creek Boys AcademyBanham Marshalls CollegeBecket House at Warren
Behavioral Health Services for ChildrenBell AcademyBethel Baptist Boys
Bethel Boys AcademyBethel Girls AcademyBetton House
Blessed Hope Boys HomeBlue Creek AcademyBlue Hills Academy
Blue Mountain Wilderness ProgramBlue Peak AcademyBreaking Free Inc.
Breaking the Cycle Treatment Inc.Bridges AcademyBrightway Adolescent Hospital
Bromley Brook SchoolBrowning AcademyBryce Canyon Academy
Calvary AcademyCalvary Academy MinistriesCamas Ranch
Camp E Toh AneeCamp E-Hun-TeeCamp E-Ma-Chamee
Camp E-Ma-EtuCamp E-Mun-TaleeCamp E-Tu-Nake
Camp Tracey Children’s HomeCampbell Lodge Boys HomeCanyon View Park
Carlbrook SchoolCarolina Springs AcademyCasa by the Sea
Cascade Center for Family GrowthCascade SchoolCatherine Freer Wilderness
Cedar Breaks AcademyCedar Ridge AcademyCedars Academy
CEDUChallenger FoundationChoteau Youth Ranch
Circle C Youth CenterCircle of HopeCold Spring Academy
Colorado Mountain CampsConnecticut Junior RepublicCoral Island Academy
Corpus Christi State SchoolCottonwood Youth AcademyCovenant House
Cramer Creek SchoolCrater Lake SchoolCross Creek Programs
Crossings NWCrossroads Youth RanchCrystal Creek Boys Ranch
Dancing Moon RanchDarrington AcademyDayton Millbrook
Daytop VillagesDevereux HouseDiscovery School
Drill AcademyDuck RiverDundee Ranch
Eagle AcademyEagle Point Christian AcademyEagle Valley Youth Ranch
Eagle’s Nest Ranch & AcademyEckerd AcademyEckerd Youth Alternatives
Emily Griffith CenterEscuela CaribeExcel Academy
Excelsior Youth CenterFamily Foundation SchoolFamily Solutions Foundation
Farmer Christian AcademyFocal Point AcademyFour Circles Recovery Center
Freedom Mountain AcademyFreedom VillageGalena Ridge Wilderness Programs
Gatehouse AcademyGenesis MinistriesGerard of Iowa
Glacier Mountain AcademyGood Samaritans of NW FloridaGood Will-Hinckley School
Grace Christian Home and Academy for GirlsGrace HouseGraybell Academy
Growing TogetherGulf Coast AcademyHarbor House
Heart of Florida Behavioral CenterHephzibah HouseHeritage Boys Academy
Hidden Lake AcademyHigh ImpactHigh Peaks Wilderness Program
High Top Ranch SchoolHomelinesHope Home and Academy
Hope RanchHope Youth RanchHorizon Academy
House of HopeInspirationsIntegrity House
Jackson AcademyJohn Dewey AcademyJubilee Christian Academy
Jubilee Youth RanchKanner SchoolKeystone Marion Youth Center
Kiatou Wilderness and Therapeutic CentreKids Behavioral HealthKids Helping Kids
King George SchoolLegacy Private SchoolLife Designs Inc.
Lighthouse Christian AcademyLighthouse MinistriesLiving Well Transitions
Lonestar ExpeditionsLorenzo Benn Youth Development CampLost and Found Academy
Lost and Found Youth AcademyLott’s Legacy Boarding SchoolLove Demonstrated Ministries Christian Boot Camp
Magnolia AcademyMagnolia Christian CenterMajestic Ranch
MakanaManuia PlantationMeadowlark Academy
Mei Futures AcademyMidnight MountainMidwest Academy
Miracle MeadowsMission Mountain SchoolMonarch Center for Family Healing
Monarch SchoolMorava AcademyMount Bachelor Academy
Mountain BrookMountain Homes Youth RanchMountain Park Boarding Academy
National Deaf AcademyNew BeginningsNew Bethany Home for Boys and Girls
New Creations Christian Boarding SchoolNew DominionNew Horizons
New Horizons Youth MinistriesNew Horizons Youth RanchNew Leaf Academy
Next Step for SuccessNorth Carolina BoysNorth Star Expedition
Northstar CenterNorthwest AcademyNorthwest Behavioral Healthcare Services
Northwestern AcademyOak Creek Ranch SchoolOasis Academy
Obsidian TrailsOdyssey Wilderness ProgramOld West Academy
Olympus AcademyOregon Transition HomesOur Father’s House
Pacific Coast AcademyPacific View RetreatPalm Lane Baptist Church
Parc PlacePassages To RecoveryPat Moore Foundation
Pathway Family CenterPathwaysPendleton Academies
Phoenix HousePillars of HopePine Ridge Academy
Pine View AcademyPinnacle FoundationPonca Pines Academy
Positive ImpactPrescott HouseRancho Valmora
Raymond A Rogers Jr. SchoolRebekah Home for GirlsReclamation Ranch
Red River AcademyRed Rock Canyon SchoolRedemption Boys Ranch
Reflections for YouthRenaissance Adolescent Services, Inc.Renewing Hope Academy
Renovo Boys AcademyResoluteResource Realizations
Restoration Youth AcademyRidge Creek SchoolRock River Academy
Rocklyn AcademyRocky Mountain AcademyRoosevelt Wilderness Camp
Royal Gorge AcademySafe, Inc.SageWalk Wilderness School
San Cristobal Ranch AcademySantiam CrossingSarasota Community School
School of Urban and Wilderness SurvivalScotts Valley SchoolSeven Mountains Academy
Shamrock AcresShamrock Educational AlternativesSilverado Academy
Silverado Boys RanchSister Soldier Military AcademySky Ranch for Boys
Sky View Christian AcademySLS HealthSoldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home
SoltribeSouthwestern Children’s Health ServicesSovereign Journey
Spring Creek Lodge AcademySt. John’s Military AcademyStar Meadows Academy
Star RanchSteppin’ Stone FarmStepping Stones for Success, LLC
Stone Mountain SchoolStraight Arrow ApexStraight, Inc.
Summit Preparatory SchoolSummit Quest AcademySunhawk Academy
Sunrise BeachSwan Valley Youth AcademySynanon
Tampa Marine InstituteTeen Challenge (AK, DC, FL, GA, LA, NJ, WI, Int’l)Teen Mentor
Temagami AcademyThanks to Calvary Baptist Boarding AcademyThe Bridge
The Brown SchoolsThe Desisto SchoolThe Elan School
The Fenster SchoolThe Holy HighwayThe Hyde School – Woodstock, CT
The Joshua HomeThe Lord’s HomeThe Manor
The Oakley SchoolThe Second MileThe Seed
Thompson AcademyThree RiversThree Springs
Three Springs of Blue RidgeThree Springs of North CarolinaTimber Ridge Preparatory School for Girls
Tipton AcademyTop Flight AcademyTranquility Bay
TransitionsTrinity Behavioral HealthTriple L Youth Ranch
Turning D RanchTurning Point at Granita ParkTyler Ranch
Uta Halee Girls VillageVictory Christian AcademyWaimokoia Residential School
Wardel’s Therapeutic Family HomeWell of Grace Boarding SchoolWestwood Lodge
White Rock AcademyWhitmore AcademyWilderness Quest
Wood Creek AcademyWoodland Hills AcademyYouthcare Inc.
Zumbro House