Heartland Boys Academy is an adventure-filled boarding school program for boys 12-17, located in Western Kentucky.
Our year-round program and school is specifically designed to bring transformation to young men who are struggling with discipline and behavioral issues, or who are underperforming in school. We show love and respect to disrespectful and seemingly unlovable boys who need a new perspective, counsel, and a new spiritual focus in life. Our mentoring and encouragement brings about transformation where there was once only negative motivations and an impasse in the relationship with their parents.
Heartland Boys Academy uses an adventure-filled program while ensuring that the boys earn elevated levels of trust, responsibility, authority, and privilege. Boys are built up in their confidence and thoughtfulness, allowing them to successfully return to home life, college, vocational training, the military, or employment. We strongly push them toward a vocation or to move toward more training once they leave Heartland Boys Academy, which gives them the reason to keep a straight head and their eye on the target for their future, so they don’t fall back into old ways of thinking and acting.
Heartland Boys Academy is a positive learning environment that offers the benefits of talented staff dedicated to helping young men gain the tools needed for success. The program integrates educational, spiritual, and personal growth curricula with vocational skill-building activities, athletics, and community service learning projects. This integration, combined with a relationship-focused approach, provides full student engagement and results in demonstrated success. Staff and volunteers work with each student, creating an individualized development plan that outlines objectives and goals for the student’s success.
We work best with boys with anger and related behavioral issues. Most of the boys in our care are those diagnosed with RAD, ADD, ADHD, or are self-destructive. Many of the boys that we work with were adopted — referred here for our help and care from adoptive parents. We also work with boys who have gotten into trouble with the law but clearly have a good heart and just need a new start and direction in life. For the safety of the staff and other boys, we do not accept violent offenders, arsons, sexual offenders, suicidal boys, or boys with severe psychological issues requiring regular psychiatric care.
We work under the simple philosophy of giving the kids something they don’t want to lose. Whether that be the hope for an exciting future, a trade that they love, or a fresh new start in life, boys leave here with a new purpose and desire to be responsible men of God.
Healthy Recreation and Activities
Heartland Boys Academy teaches boys how to enjoy good, clean manly fun. The boys at Heartland Boys Academy frequently go offsite for camping, hiking, spelunking, cave exploring, fishing, boating, and hunting. Some of the boys participate in sports in the local schools in our area.
The Heartland Boys Academy and Christian Academy is a place of healing and hope. We have seen hundreds of at-risk and struggling teens transformed into hard-working, respectable young adults. We help restore boys to their families; healthy, confident, and spiritually and academically on track.
We Specialize in Working with a Myriad of Life-Disrupting Issues
We are dedicated to helping our students work through what may be causing them to act out, to be unmotivated or angry or depressed, or to misbehave. We especially make certain that we do no further damage to already fragile emotional states. Therefore, punishments for missteps are avoided at all costs, and focus is placed on positive ways for the boy to achieve self-regulation.
Our training is geared toward helping each boy understand and verbalize what makes them feel, and sometimes act out, as they do. This self-knowledge and understanding allow us to help them leave the past behind and focus on a future that is clear from old adversities.
If your son is acting up and you are seeking a Christian school for your troubled son, let Heartland Boys Academy transform his life. This affordable program in Kentucky will teach him how to look at the world in a completely new way.
Heartland Boys Academy
6065 Manitou Road – Nebo, KY 42441