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Academic Repair and Success

We value education and academic success, considering it key to long-term life success. Most of our staff have advanced degrees. Many of the students who come here lack sufficient high school credit to obtain their diplomas in a timely manner, but we help them get caught up and even to retake classes for a higher grade point average. Every boy on campus is taught and tutored several hours each day.

Our disciplined and structured approach to learning, with individualized academic goals and progress, helps the boys get back on track with their education and our courses are fully accredited and transferrable.

The Classroom

All classes at TCAR are held online in our educational arena, overseen by our teachers. Tutoring is provided by our qualified classroom teachers with the student simply raising a flag. Tutoring can also be provided by the certified online IVA teachers. We provide specific tutoring programs for students with low WRAT testing.

TCAR is a therapeutic boarding school, so we teach life skills like asking for help when you need it in the classroom. We help students learn to recognize their stress in the classroom and then how to manage it in a healthy way. Our teachers spend time encouraging students to feel good about themselves as a student and guide him into becoming a successful student.

TCAR has very efficient filtering and online security. Since all our classes are online, we take security very seriously. We operate through a whitelist, real-time monitoring, and a reporting system that tracks keystrokes.

Although we do not give report cards, a monthly report is sent to parents providing the academic progress of their student.

Accredited IVA Track

schoolboys ranch for troubled boysOn the regular accredited track, Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch Boarding School dual enrolls their students. This enables students to receive fully accredited transferable credits on their transcript. The dual enrollment is through Ignitia Virtual Academy (IVA). IVA is accredited through Cognia and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and as such has nationally recognized accreditation. This gives students courses through an accredited program which will help them transfer credits, apply for federal grants, and pursue admission to colleges or universities. Students enrolling into TCAR Boarding School as seniors or advanced juniors may be able to earn a fully accredited high school diploma.

Non-Accredited Victory Academy Track

boys ranch for troubled boysStudents needing special accommodations could be placed into the Victory Academy (VA) track. In this track students will earn non-accredited credits on their transcript. The curriculum used is Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse. It has the same curriculum content as IVA but allows for modification to meet the special needs of individual students. Some students may earn Victory Academy non-accredited high school diplomas.

GED Track

Students entering our program at 17 years (some at 16 years) may qualify to enter our GED track. Arkansas has an amazing GED program. Each diploma sent from the state of Arkansas comes with a letter that is endorsed by the governor of Arkansas stating that 90% of colleges and universities across the United States accept our diplomas. Students making high enough scores on their GED tests may earn college credit.

Diploma Tracks

All students on a diploma track (IVA, VA, or GED) will be required to complete Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance before graduation. Our seniors have the opportunity to earn college credits through our CLEP program and/or to earn OSHA certifications. Diploma track students may also request join our Work Study program to learn general handy man skills. All student receiving a diploma in our program will graduate in a cap and gown ceremony.

Increases Student Engagement, Progress, and Achievement

Keeping students engaged in what they are learning is vital to ensuring they master standards so they can move forward in their education. Students who want to use their time to catch up or even get ahead may do so. If they do not compromise their grades, we will keep giving them classes. Students who return home before graduating high school here can easily continue their IVA courses online at home, making for a seamless educational experience.

Our junior and senior students will have the opportunity to take ACT or SAT testing while in our program. Although we strongly encourage this testing, we do not require our students to participate.

Boys with life-controlling issues typically experience academic failure, so we work with our students to help them get back on track academically.

Individual Tutoring

Individual Tutoring

We provide individual help to boys who are struggling academically. Diagnostic testing is provided to students upon entry into the program. Learning gaps and educational deficits are identified. Information is sought from previous schools, and an individually tailored academic plan is put in place for each student.

Fully Accredited Classes

Fully Accredited Classes

Students may continue their progress toward a high school diploma by taking fully accredited classes at our Private Christian School. Our teachers and counselors also lead our own faith-based character-building training courses with the boys, which are a key aspect of our overall program. We utilize landmark books by today’s leading evangelical Christian authors to teach key concepts, and of course, the boys are immersed in daily biblical instruction. Christian speakers and musicians regularly come to our campus to provide spiritual instruction, encouragement, and motivation and the boys are taken to off-campus spiritual events.

GED Preparation

In 2021, Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch became an official GED Testing Center, so students can prepare and take their GED test on campus.Many of the students who come to Teen Challenge lack sufficient high school credit to obtain their diplomas in a timely manner. For this reason, several students choose to pursue their GED while at Teen Challenge. Students work directly with the GED coordinator to develop an individually tailored study and preparation plan. Students participate in guided study, and tutoring is provided in areas where improvement is needed. Teen Challenge works closely with the local GED testing center. To date, all of the students who have successfully completed our GED preparation classes have obtained their GED on the first testing.

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Continue Classes from Home after Teen Challenge

Students also have the option of continuing their class work at home after they leave Teen Challenge. Because of dual enrollment, students can continue their classes through the Edgenuity distance education program. They will continue to have assistance from certified teachers while at home. Continuing school with the Edgenuity Online Academy from home may be the preferred option for students whose families are worried about how their boy will do if he re-enrolls in their local school district after Teen Challenge.

Faith-Based Program

TCAR teachers and counselors lead faith-based character-building training courses with the boys, which are a key aspect of our overall program. We utilize landmark books by today’s leading evangelical Christian authors to teach key concepts, and of course, the boys are immersed in daily biblical instruction. Christian speakers and musicians regularly come to our campus to provide spiritual instruction, encouragement, and motivation and the boys are taken to off-campus spiritual events.

Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch has always been successful in helping students transfer academic credits back to other schools (private and public) when boys return home.

Should you need help finding schools troubled teens, therapeutic residential schools, therapeutic schools, affordable boarding schools, or troubled teen ranches, please let us know. Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch is a Christian therapeutic boarding school and boys home. Boys come to our therapeutic school and home in Northwest Arkansas from across the United States. We help at-risk boys who struggle with behavioral issues. Therapeutic boarding schools and boys homes like Teen Challenge offer behavioral therapy and a rehab for troubled teen boys with teen counseling for boys.

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Teen Challenge takes a structured approach to learning and has been very successful in helping boys get back on track with their education.

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