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Please keep in mind that if a teen does not match the qualifications for this program, Teen Rescue, Inc. will assist parents in finding a program that will work. Teen Rescue can coach parents and protect the family from getting taken advantage of or going in a direction that may be detrimental to the child's care. There is no charge for this service. Donations are appreciated but NOT a requirement. Parents will not even be asked for a donation. Teen Rescue is here to help the families that call us.

Qualifications for the Julian Youth Academy

Our focus is (but not limited to):

  • 12 to 17-year-olds, unless student is willing to stay after they have turned 18
  • Has some parental or legal guardian involvement
  • Victimization
  • Adopted
  • Suffered loss
  • A.D.D. or A.D.H.D
  • Struggling in School
  • Behavioral issues
  • Certain anti-depressants and certain other medications are okay
  • Running away issues
  • Minor drug use
  • Abandonment issues
  • Suffered Trauma
  • Alcohol abuse

JYA's focus is not in the following areas:

  • Those who have serious medical issues
  • Those who have serious clinical issues
  • Those who have been involved in most felony crimes
  • Those whom have victimized another individual sexually (When a potential student has victimized someone in another way, admission will be determined on a case-by-case basis).
  • History of assaults or violence towards others
  • 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 addicted to any hard core drug (if a child has been through a detox program, they would be under consideration for acceptance at JYA)

Case by Case Evaluation for qualification:

  • Pregnant
  • Committed minor crimes, ie: Drugs, joy riding, curfew, shoplifting, Truancy
  • Criminal history
  • 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. Scholarships are given to those who can establish a valid hardship; all financial awards are subject to availability.

1. The parent calls the corporate office and is asked a series of questions about the child. This is referred to as the student's profile.

2. JYA requires parents to call 4 other programs similar to JYA, a list of which will be provided for the parent. This is JYA's way of remaining ethical. This is a very vulnerable time for parents and JYA wishes to assist them in doing the best thing for their child. JYA would love to be of assistance to each family, but JYA'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 JYA than filling up their program.

3. After JYA reviews the profile, an appointment will be set up 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, JYA and the parents can then arrange an enrollment time.

4.  The parents tour the school and, if they decide to send their child to JYA, they will be sent a contract and parent handbook.

5. Parents are requested to read the contract and parent handbook before returning the signed notarized documents.

6. All students will be evaluated by JYA's psychologist. If the student is not seen before admission, they will be evaluated within approximately 30 days of admission.

7. JYA recommends that most students be transported by a professional transport service. A list of such services will be included in the packet given to the parents.

JYA realizes that sometimes parents may need to move quickly. JYA can accommodate this. JYA has admitted new students in as little as 4 hours. However, it usually takes approximately 48 hours for an admission process to take place.


If Teen Rescue carries a "note" for the family and the family does not have a scholarship, the general tuition is paid with a $10,000 down payment and $2,800 per month for 15 months, totaling $52,000. This total cost includes 6 additional months of Aftercare Support. Again, if you need help with tuition please contact JYA for information concerning a scholarship. If the parents pay the full tuition upon enrollment, they will receive a 10% discount. Note: If the student stays longer than 15 months, the monthly contract tuition will continue on a month-to-month basis.

Cost comparisons:

An independent market survey found that JYA is the lowest cost program for the staff-to-student ratio JYA maintains (1-to-5, not including corporate staff support). With the 6 months of Aftercare Support included, the daily price of JYA is approximately $82.54 compared to other programs that start at $120 per day and most programs that average $160 per day.

Wilderness programs:              
Average Cost= $400.00 to $800.00 a day
Residential Treatment programs:           
Average Cost= $300.00 to $800.00 a day
Group homes                                       
Average Cost= $266.00 to $600.00 a day

The same market survey cited above shows that the therapeutic boarding school industry has exploded. There were very few primary programs 10 years ago. Now there are over 300 programs that vary in structure compared to Julian Youth Academy. JYA is one of the original schools of its kind. Since 1993, JYA operates using philosophies and techniques that have been proven as reliable. Many programs have modeled themselves after JYA.

California Boarding School Programs:

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

Scholarship programs:

JYA has scholarship programs for those who qualify. JYA requires the family to show a legitimate hardship. 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 JYA:

JYA highly recommends using T.A.P.S. (Teen Adolescent Placement Services). Although not affiliated with Teen Rescue or Julian Youth Academy, JYA works closely with this organization and has had wonderful relationships with them. They are honest, sensitive, experienced, and cost-effective. There phone number is (760) 439-2087.

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.

Please call us for more information regarding this process at  (800) 494-2200





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Teen Rescue, Inc. and the Julian Youth Academy, a California girls boarding school, strives to help troubled teens all over the United States. The Julian Youth Academy is considered one of the best girls boarding schools in the country and is ready to help your family in any way they can. Even though we're a Christian boarding school for girls in California, we can direct you to get help for troubled teens no matter where you are located. We've helped families to get help for their troubled teenagers, both girls and boys, throughout California and throughout the United States. We help troubled teens in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, Los Angeles, California, Texas, Florida, New York, Arizona, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Gergia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Michigan and throughout the U.S.

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