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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the Questions Parents Typically Ask…

Can students earn high school credits at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch?

Yes. Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch offers fully accredited classes in its private Christian school. Students can earn high school credits, which can later be transferred to either private or public schools following the student’s program completion. Each subject is divided into 10 units. Each unit contains lessons, quizzes, projects, and a final test. One-half (1/2) credit is earned for every 5 units completed in a subject. A full credit is earned for every 10 units completed in a subject. Students must complete at least 5 units in a subject before any credit will transfer.

Does my child have to be willing to be admitted?

It is rare that a student actually “wants” to attend such a program. However, attitudes toward our program usually change dramatically for the better when the boy learns that it is adventure-based. Even so, we understand that a troubled boy may be reluctant to leave his school, peers, and current lifestyle. Many parents are worried they won’t be able to get their children to our campus, but we can assist you with how to handle that with your child. We have helped many families through the process of how to approach their children, and we have had great success in admitting even the most oppositional and angry boys.

Will you accept my boy if he is on medication?

Yes. Just inform us if your child is on any medication. Medications should be discussed early in the application process. Students who come into the program on medication must come under the care of a local doctor. Many students who come to Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch have been able to reduce or completely eliminate their need for medications once their behavior stabilizes. Any medication changes will be handled through a licensed physician. It is understood that some students will need to stay on medications for the duration of the program.

Can my boy enter at any time during the year?

Yes. We accept new students throughout the year. We will work with you to schedule an appropriate admission date for your child. New students will participate in their first outdoor adventure trip immediately after arriving. A trained staff member will lead the adventure trip. He is accompanied by current student leaders who have positive attitudes. They befriend the new students and help them adjust to the program. This first trip has dramatically lowered students’ anxieties about being placed in the program.

After students leave for the adventure trip, the parents/guardians meet with the Executive Director for orientation. Parents/Guardians will also have the opportunity to meet with the Academic Director, tour the facility, and ask any remaining questions about the ministry.

Is the tuition tax-deductible?

Usually not, since most of the cost is for the boarding school, activities, and care of the child, but some of the therapy or addiction treatment costs could be. Be sure to check with your tax advisor.

If my son faces legal charges, can the judge and/or probation officer be notified that he has been approved for entry into Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch?

Yes! As long as the offense was not a violent attack or arson, we accept boys with minor brushes with the law. We will work with the judge and/or probation officer to inform them of the entry status and student progress at the Teen Challenge program.

What kind of licensing and accreditation does Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch have?

Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch is a licensed residential facility with the Arkansas Department of Human Services. The program is accredited with honors by Teen Challenge International, USA. Students in our private school are simultaneously enrolled in Edgenuity’s Online school. Edgenuity is fully accredited by Cognia, the world’s largest educational community, with over 27,000 public and private schools. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. CARF accreditation focuses on quality and results.

What is the typical length of stay?

The addiction treatment program (which takes place first) is a 90-day program. For the full behavioral program, up to nine months are completed in residence at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch. Our Aftercare Program provides six additional months of counseling and mentoring (for the boy and the parents), which helps the boy and family transition successfully at home.

What is your Teen Challenge aftercare program like?

Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch continues to work with boys and their families after the residential portion of the program is completed. Our Aftercare Program offers at least six months of working with the boy and his family when he returns home. We help with any transition issues and relapses.

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FAQs About Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch

Discover answers to common questions about Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch, including details on earning high school credits, the admissions process, medication policies, and accreditation. Get insights into how teen boys can benefit from this adventure-based program.