• 12 to 17-year-olds (boys and girls)
  • Child has some parental or legal guardian involvement

Typical Behavioral Issues or Causes

  • Victimization/abuse
  • Adoption issues
  • A.D.D. or A.D.H.D
  • Struggling in school
  • Behavioral issues
  • Running away issues
  • Minor drug use (or enroll after rehab)
  • Abandonment issues
  • Suffered trauma or loss
  • Alcohol abuse

Our Focus is Not on Teens With:

  • Serious medical issues
  • Any assault, arson or violent or sexual crimes
  • Actively suicidal (attention-getting behavior will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis)
  • A danger to themselves or others (5150 Health and Safety Code)
  • If the teen is currently addicted to any hard core drug (if a child has been through a detox program, they would be under consideration for acceptance at RVCA)

Case by Case Evaluation for Qualification:

  • Pregnant
  • Committed minor non-violent crimes (minor drugs, joy riding, curfew violations, shoplifting, truancy)
  • Gang involvement
  • Cult involvement
  • Cutting
  • Eating disorders
  • On clinical medication

The Admission Process

Requirements for admission:

The following is a list of items needed to move forward in the process. If parents need help with tuition, they should contact us for options available. Different payment options are available to those who can establish a valid hardship; all financial awards are subject to availability.

  1. The parent talks to the Admission department and is asked a series of questions about the child. This is referred to as the student’s profile.
  2. RVCA requires parents to call other programs similar to RVCA, a list of which will be provided for the parent. This is RVCA’s way of remaining ethical. This is a very vulnerable time for parents and RVCA wishes to assist them in doing the best thing for their child. RVCA would love to be of assistance to each family, but RVCA’s goal is to have the family feel a peace about the decision they make on behalf of their child. The families are more important to RVCA than filling up our program.
  3. After RVCA reviews the profile, an appointment will be set up for a time for the parents to visit the school. The parents have the opportunity to interview current students and tour the campus. If the visit goes well and the parents are satisfied with the program, RVCA and the parents can then arrange an enrollment time.
  4. The parents tour the school and, if they decide to send their child to RVCA, they will receive a contract and parent handbook.
  5. Parents are requested to read the materials before returning the signed documents.
  6. RVCA realizes that sometimes parents may need to move quickly. RVCA can accommodate this. RVCA has admitted new students in as little as 4 hours. However, it usually takes approximately 48 hours for an admission process to take place.

California Boarding School Programs:

River Valley Christian Academy is the only Christian residential boarding school for struggling teens in California that we know of. Established in 1993, RVCA is one of the only programs that have remained strong in California with the support of county, state, and local authorities.

Financial Hardship programs:

RVCA has financial hardship programs for those who qualify. RVCA requires the family to show a legitimate need. The applications are reviewed and approved on a case-by-case situation.

Financing options:

  • Cash pay
  • Credit card payment
  • Installments based on contracted amount
  • Student loans (contact us for a list of programs available)

Transportation to RVCA:
We strongly recommend the the use of a transportation service for bringing your child to our campus. We understand that this is a difficult decision to make, but have found that students who have been transported by a service tend to have a much calmer and easier time transitioning into the school.

Teen Adolescent Placement Services (TAPS) is a transportation service that we have worked closely with for many years. TAPS Family Services was begun as a parent support group in Oceanside, CA in 1994 by Tony and Maryann Pallotto, and became a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation in August 1996.

TAPS Family Services began out of extreme hardship. Tony and Maryann are parents of three sons, two of whom were addicted to drugs and alcohol. It was through these hardships that Tony and Maryann dedicated their lives to this work. TAPS knows the pain of dealing with troubled and out-of-control teens. Their son, Mark, died from a heroin overdose. TAPS stands ready to serve all families of troubled and out-of-control loved ones.
Teen Rescue knows this is a very difficult time for parents. The decision a parent makes at this time affects the direction of their child and family. Teen Rescue is committed to supporting the parents and helping them to make the correct decision on behalf of their child.

If you have questions or would like more information about Teen Rescue and River View Christian Academy, please fill out our Consultation Form or Contact Us: 1-800-494-2200


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