Transforming young lives and restoring families.

Life change happens here

Shelterwood Academy is a therapeutic Christian boarding school for troubled teens and families.
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Since 1980, Shelterwood’s therapy programs for troubled teens have successfully restored hundreds of families by helping their teens overcome behavioral and mental health conditions. Our private pay tuition includes:

Accredited Academics

Keep up with school! Our full year-round curriculum is taught by certified teachers at our Christian boarding high school on campus. Small class sizes and courses are available for a range of academic levels and interests, helping students progress in their education.

Clinical Excellence

Find guidance through our certified counselors. Shelterwood is one of the few therapeutic boarding schools to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation. We are further distinguished as a NATSAP Gold Seal Recipient for Evidence-based Outcomes.

Brain Balance® Programming

Shelterwood is the only therapeutic boarding school in the U.S. to offer the leading-edge Brain Balance program on campus, improving brain function and mental health for our teens.

Witnessing your teen struggle is heartbreaking.

  • Anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADD/ADHD
  • Suicidal ideation or self-injurious behavior
  • Trauma-related and reactive attachment disorders
  • Substance abuse and other addictions

Witnessing your teen struggle is heartbreaking.

  • Anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADD/ADHD
  • Suicidal ideation or self-injurious behavior
  • Trauma-related and reactive attachment disorders
  • Substance abuse and other addictions

Treatment in our therapy programs for troubled teens is 9-12 months based on individual goals, optimizing growth and lasting heart change for teens.
Outcomes families see:

Visible signs of growth and success

Heart change that leads to behavior change, healing and restoration. Proven improvement in academics, mental health, impulse control and decision making abilities.

Teens developing new life skills, passions and plans for the future

Shelterwood’s Christian boarding school offers opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom from our professional staff – from music, art and culinary classes to gardening, automotive, woodworking and carpentry.

Healthy, positive relationships with others, self and God

Teens at our Christian boarding school will discover a strong personal connection with Christian mentors and staff through fun community activities that promote lifelong meaning and fulfillment – mind, body, spirit.

The therapy programs for troubled teens at Shelterwood offer a transformative experience for our students and their family... Bring the light back into your life.

“I will never forget my time in Shelterwood. It gave me many memories I’ll cherish forever. Shelterwood saved my life.”


“When I am asked by a family who is in the middle of a crisis with a teen, ‘Is there a place they can go for real help and hope?’ – I give them Shelterwood’s number.”

John Trent, Ph.D.

“I have seen their ministry work miracles in the lives of many young people.”

Shay Robbins

Admissions Process

Complete the online form to learn more about our community and help us better understand your family’s needs

Shelterwood Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization of Doulos Ministries, which has helped change youth lives for over 40 years through heartfelt service, sharing Jesus’ transformational love.

Speak to an Admissions Advisor about our private, accredited boarding school and personalized treatment program to apply for enrollment today

We offer great opportunities for growth like the Brain Balance Achievement Center, a full year-round curriculum taught by our certified teachers for a range of academic levels, and the chance to learn new life skills and interests.

Discover hope, healing, and restoration for your struggling teen and family

Our dedicated team of licensed therapists, certified addiction counselors, certified teachers and Christian mentors surrounds each teen with loving care and guides them to rediscover their unique purpose and plan for the future.

Christian Boarding School | Therapy Programs for Troubled Teens

We know it’s difficult to know where to turn when you feel like you’ve exhausted all of your options. It’s hard not to feel helpless, especially as the number of teens struggling with mental health issues continues to rise. Youth are increasingly turning to social media, technology, alcohol and drugs to cope with insecurities and uncertainties in their lives.

Shelterwood Academy offers an individualized and interdisciplinary approach to treatment with hope for a brighter future. Shelterwood Christian boarding school incorporates academic, experiential, spiritual and clinical modalities. We get to the heart of each teen and family so they can discover their true gifts and deeper connection.

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