Giving your teen “a summer off” after a particularly challenging or difficult school year can be especially tempting, but it’s important to remember that any extended vacation – especially summer – can be particularly risky for teens who are already struggling. Without the structure of an established daily routine, summer’s abundant “free time” is often a catalyst for susceptible teens to fall into even riskier behavior patterns.

That’s where therapeutic schools and wilderness therapy programs with rolling admissions offer you and your teen a distinct advantage: you don’t have to wait until the beginning of a new school year or for a specific admissions period to get your teen the help he needs. Instead, rolling admissions means, quite simply, that students can apply for admission on a “rolling” or continuous basis throughout the calendar year. Better yet, because curricula at organizations with rolling admission is specifically designed to accommodate new students at any time, students can begin their program as soon as they are accepted.

This type of enrollment process also offers an academic advantage for teens who have been struggling in school: beginning a program during the summer creates a chance to catch up or even get ahead on next year’s studies. And if your child has been dealing with emotional or behavioral concerns like substance misuse, rolling admissions means he can take the time he needs to work through those issues without worrying about missing valuable academic work. It also gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your teen is involved in a constructive environment – one that provides the routine, structure and support he needs to make positive personal changes.

If you think your teen could benefit from the opportunity to start making positive life changes during the summer vacation, it’s a good idea to start investigating therapeutic wilderness programs and boarding schools with rolling admissions now – before the end of the academic school year. While admissions for most programs are relatively straightforward, the sooner you begin the process, the sooner your teen can get the help, support and resources he needs.