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When Teen Girls Struggle with Body Image

Established in 1993, River View Christian Academy is a fully accredited, private Christian residential boarding school, now based on 45 beautiful acres near Austin, Texas. Our purpose is to provide a safe, structured, and supportive setting for struggling teenage girls, 12-17 years old. River View encourages positive change in girl students who have struggled academically due to negative influences, poor behavior, or beliefs, such as a bad body image. 


River View 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. We help young teen girls who suffer from the trauma of adoption, victimization or significant loss.

Give us a call to learn how we can help your struggling teen girl.


Today’s Negative Impact on A Girl’s Perspective

With images of models, celebrities, YouTube stars, and social media influencers, teen girls are seeing ‘the ideal body’ at every click of a button. It’s easy to ignore this when a girl is in her childhood years because her body hasn’t changed yet. But when a girl moves from child to adolescence, they must not only adjust to physical changes, but also take on hormonal and internal physical changes that will lead to the onset of menstrual cycles. 

For some girls, these changes can cause moodiness and frustration. For others, the process of her changing body is of greater concern for parents as they see potential depression, harmful actions towards herself and/or others in her life.  

With this instability, rash decisions can be made and poor choices will follow. This downward cycle becomes a vacuum that some girls have a difficult time coming out of. Because this situation is truly not who the teen girl is, she becomes even more moody and frustrated, setting off anger and potential aggravation that can turn into violence if escalated.

As you might suppose, your teen will greatly profit from family support to help with her body image, helping her to avoid the downward spiral to an eating disorder, like anorexia or bulimia nervosa. Remedies are available near your town or community, typically a combination of psychotherapy and (anti-depressant) medications.  Your child also might find success in working with a dietician, to help establish healthier nutritional and eating routines.

But an outside placement at a positive boarding school may be exactly what is needed to get your teen daughter out of the negative environment that is bringing her down. 

Consider River View Christian Academy for Girls

One of the most important aspects of redirecting a teen who is struggling is for her to be in an environment that is structured with a routine schedule that she can count on. We believe in teaching student boundaries in all areas of life.

Another reason for our success over 25 years at River View Christian Academy is the high level of involvement of staff and parents.

River View provides year-round schooling with ongoing open enrollment, 24-hour care and supervision, with strong structure, mentoring, and boundaries. We focus on educating our students in all areas of life to prepare them for their future.

Located on 45 acres in the beautiful hill country of central Texas,  River View students are also responsible for garden and animal chores, in addition to school and homework. Of course, there are fun school activities, as well as the amazing parks in the area, where she learn to see things from a better view!

Please give us a call to see if your struggling young teen girl would be a good fit at River View.  We’re here to help!