Help for Smart Teen That is Failing

My smart teen is failing in school when they are capable of passing. Skipping classes and even refusing to go to school.


This is a trend more and more common today as parents struggle with youth in middle and high school.


PexelTeenGirl4Is you’re teen struggling with any of the following:


  • Addicted to their cell-phone, social media
  • Oppositional Defiance (ODD)
  • Authority issues, disrespectful (especially towards parents)
  • Anger control problems (rage, explosive)
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor decision-making skills
  • Thinking errors – blaming, rationalizing, avoid taking responsibility, entitlement.
  • Negative peer choices
  • Trauma, PTSD
  • ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Bipolar
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Stealing or shoplifting (stealing – usually from parents)
  • Sneaking out, runaway
  • Self-harm, suicide ideation
  • Meeting people offline from the internet
  • Underachieving in school, skipping classes, school avoidance
  • Withdrawing from family and favorite activities
  • Substance use, drinking, vaping
  • Family conflict


Have you tried these things to help:


  • School counselors, therapists
  • Switching schools
  • Short-term in-patient or outpatient
  • Taking away technology, removing cell-phones
  • Lectures, pleading
  • Tutors
  • Mentors, teen coaches
  • Living with relatives


Residential treatment can be extremely beneficial where local resources have failed. Removing your teen from the influences of negative peer groups or sometimes even family conflict can help them reflect more on what is creating their negative behavior.


These programs (therapeutic boarding schools/residential treatment centerscontinue with your teen’s education, have therapists to work on your daughter’s emotional wellbeing to help her develop coping and communication skills as well as building motivation and setting goals for her (now) bright future.


Read: Where to Send My Troubled Teenager.

Read: 5 Benefits of Boarding Schools for Troubled Teens.


Contact us today for a free consultation to find the right therapeutic boarding school for your teen’s educational needs.

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