Schools for Troubled Teens in South Carolina

By Amy Sutton
Alternative schools in South Carolina offer help for troubled teens.
Alternative schools in South Carolina offer help for troubled teens.

Being a teen can be tough, but for some youth these years are extremely challenging. If your teen struggles with truancy, substance abuse, authority or relationships, or just needs more structure and encouragement, his school may not be the best place for him right now. Special schools for troubled teens in South Carolina work with teens to help them get their lives back on track. The governing board over schools in the state is the South Carolina State Department of Education, but schools may have differing accreditation.

Camden Military Academy

Camden Military Academy offers a military program that helps boys who lack self-confidence and have difficulty applying themselves. This boarding school provides a college preparatory curriculum accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools along with physical fitness and military training. Dual credit classes -- taught by University of South Carolina professors -- are also offered on campus. Camden Military Academy is a member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools, Palmetto Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools.

Berkeley Alternative All Stars

Berkeley Alternative All Stars, in Moncks Corner, is an alternative school program for kids in grades six through 12 who have discipline problems or aren't doing well in a regular classroom. Students complete the program and return to their home school. A supportive learning environment -- including counseling, guidance, individual instruction and a specialized curriculum accredited by AdvancED -- helps Berkeley students succeed.

Cherokee Creek Boys School

Cherokee Creek Boys School, in Westminster, is a therapeutic school for boys aged 10 to 15. The goal of this school is to help boys work through their issues, learn how to make healthy choices and get their lives back into balance. Licensed therapists conduct group and individual psychotherapy, family therapy, group counseling, equine therapy and focus groups. Curriculum meets Common Core Standards and is taught by licensed teachers. Classes are kept small and Individualized Academic Plans are used. This private school has received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

New Hope Treatment Centers

New Hope Treatment Centers, in Rock Hill, offer a residential treatment program for girls and boys, aged 12 to 21, suffering from issues like substance abuse, mood disorders and behavioral problems. Treatment includes psychiatric services by board-certified psychiatrists, cognitive behavioral therapy and a holistic, bio/psycho-social approach. A private school accredited by AdvancED is provided on-campus. Along with traditional classes taught by qualified teachers, students are also offered computer training and tutoring.

Alternative Center for Education

Alternative Center for Education is offered by the Florence County School District Three, in Lake City. The program has small student-to-teacher ratios and an individualized curriculum. Students can attend the program after being referred by a school administrator or at the request of a parent. Completion of the program is accomplished through good behavior, academic achievement, positive attitude and attendance. After meeting these requirements, a student becomes eligible to transfer back to her home school.

Ben Lippen School

Ben Lippen School is a private Christian school in Columbia. A day program is offered to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and a boarding program is available for teens in 9th through 12th grade. The boarding school program provides a structured environment to encourage studying and academic excellence. On the weekends, students have free time to participate in sports, social outings and worship services. The school is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the South Carolina Independent School Association.

Fair Play Camp School

Fair Play Camp School, in Westminster, helps boys learn important life skills, including how to make good decisions, solve problems and have healthy relationships with others. A quality education is provided, with help from the School District of Oconee County. The curriculum, taught by state-certified teachers, focuses on state standards and includes first-hand science studies, writing, camp studies, research and tutoring. The school is licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services and is a member of the Wilderness Road Therapeutic Camping Association and South Carolina Association of Children's Homes and Family Services.