We understand that it is extremely concerning for parents to worry about their child going down the wrong path. If you find yourself in this situation, you may not know where you can get help. You may also be a parent whose child is doing well and desire for them to continue in the positive direction they are heading, but are concerned about the negative influences and values they receive on a day to day basis.

The safety and future of your teen is of utmost importance, and you must find a way to prevent the negative influences that can cause your child’s educational decline, bad behavior, or poor decision making.

If you have looked for help for your child, you may have looked into help for troubled teens through boot camps or wilderness programs, and have probably found that there are very few, if any, available; especially in California.

At River View Christian Academy, we believe a “troubled teen” is no more than a regular teen who could use a more positive and structured environment.

“An alternative to boot camps and wilderness programs.”

Located outside of Austin, Texas, RVCA is one of the few schools in the country that does not discriminate against students who have had educational or behavioral issues. RVCA is an excellent alternative to wilderness programs and boot camps, as giving a struggling teen a positive, structured environment allows them to refocus on their education without distraction and helps them to break negative habits they may have previously developed.

RVCA is not a residential treatment center, therapeutic boarding school, or alternative boarding school. However, we have found that a structured and caring environment can make an enormous difference in correcting behavioral issues among teenagers and is a better option for parents considering boot camps or wilderness programs.

Why Choose RVCA?

For many years, RVCA has helped thousands of students and parents improve their lives. With a clear mission and vision of keeping teenagers on the right path or bringing them back to it, our school has managed to deliver excellent education and training for the long term development of the students.

With a high staff to student ratio, you can rest assured that your teenager will receive the necessary education and support they need.

“Your teenager has the chance to get ahead or catch up on their studies”

It is important to note that RVCA separates male and female students, as we believe that this is the best way of eliminating distractions. By having a separate boarding school for boys and girls, the students can better focus on their own self-improvement. PLEASE NOTE: We are unfortunately not accepting male students at this time.

RVCA offers a year-round educational system, which means your teenager has the chance to get ahead or catch up on their studies. Another unique aspect of RVCA is the more comprehensive inclusion of the parents in their child’s education. We feel that it is vital to the student’s success to have the parents more intimately involved in the educational process. Each month, there are parent-teacher conferences. There is also eight months of Post Graduate Home Support in which the parents play an active role in ensuring the ongoing positive transformation of their child.

“Our goal that students will have made the choice for themselves to continue down the positive path that they have started.”

Some short-term programs may help your teenager get back on the right track. In most cases, however, these programs do not provide enough time for the teens to break their bad habits and replace them with healthy new ones. At RVCA, 3 semesters (18 months) is the average length of stay. We strongly believe in encouraging our students to excel in their education. As students display positive progress, we provide them with more responsibilities as well as privileges in order to challenge and motivate them to continue progressing.

The ultimate goal of RVCA is to bring students back to their home with the practical life and leadership skills that they need to be successful in their life and education.

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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