In Lakeland, Florida, this boarding school is for girls who are self-destructing or struggling with life-controlling issues — a year-round, highly active environment with adventure, counseling, academic repair, life coaching, and other programs. We help girls soar emotionally, spiritually, and academically while providing a fun, safe, and loving environment.
Lakeland Girls Academy is a part of Teen Challenge International; we help teenage girls, ages 13-17, find their identity in Christ and fulfill their God-given destiny and purpose. LGA stands apart from other Christian boarding schools because we are designed to work with difficult girls. Our decisions and interactions with each girl are Christ-centered. We believe that Jesus is enough to meet the deepest needs of even the most troubled girl. Behavior modification is not our goal. We long to see and work to inspire authentic change that will last a lifetime, possible only through the work of the Holy Spirit.
LGA student residences, kitchen/dining, and school are located in a 10,000 square foot home-like facility on acreage nestled in a middle-class community. There are ample areas for physical activities on the property, an inter-campus athletic department, and a screened-in pool. Lakeland employs fifteen female team members, each with the appropriate education and experience suited for their roles.
Teen Challenge provides a haven for adolescents who have sought to fill the void in their hearts, only to reap destructive consequences in its place. Our program provides an opportunity for each student to refocus and assess her life decisions and allows her the opportunity to choose the abundant life Christ has to offer. In the process, the student is taught indispensable lessons of strong work ethics, teamwork, patience, diligence, determination, communication, submission, and motivation, to name a few.
We are staffed with people whose hearts beat for God and the young ladies He brings to us. We help girls with behavioral or rebellion issues, low self-esteem, or depression. We provide a unique atmosphere with personal attention to help each girl get back on track and develop positive life strategies. Our students learn the necessary skills to prepare them for the future while they become confident and secure.
Our students’ progress is based on the child’s counselor, staff, and parents’ collaborative and collective effort. Counseling is provided through a faith-based, holistic approach and is unique to each student’s needs. To move to higher levels in our program, students must prove themselves worthy of that level.
A Christian Boarding School that Solves Behavioral Issues
• Poor Decision Making
• Rebellion or Defiant Behavior
• Lying or Manipulation
• Drug and Alcohol Use or Abuse
• Self-harm or Cutting
• Eating Disorders
• Running Away
• Difficulty Progressing in a Traditional School Setting
Teen Challenge programs all encourage their students to believe, in faith, that understanding and applying biblical principles will not only help them conquer the various obstacles to healing and peace in their lives but will also bring them to a place of freedom and victory. We believe that every girl can have a unique “Journey of a Lifetime” when she discovers and accepts her God-ordained purpose and calling in life. She then becomes empowered with a God-given authority, a God-given identity, and an unfathomable measure of agapé love that can be so powerful that it must only come from God himself.
Our students have the opportunity to achieve a premium education that is well-rounded and fully accredited. We offer year-round school while we also deal with each girl’s behavioral and emotional issues.
Our educational program features our own in-class teachers, and coursework is facilitated through Edgenuity Virtual Academy. It allows LGA students to achieve phenomenal progress towards high school completion and beyond. Edgeniuty offers initial credit courses, honors and Advanced Placement courses, credit recovery, intervention and test readiness.
Edgenuity Virtual Academy is a leading provider of online curriculum and instructional services. It is in use by more than 20,000 schools, including 20 of the 25 largest school districts, to meet academic goals and improve student outcomes.
Edgenuity Virtual Academy is accredited through Cognia (formerly AdvancED) and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and as such has nationally recognized accreditation. This is the same accreditation awarded to public schools and is fully recognized by high schools and colleges across the country. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has also approved the Edgenuity instructional model and curriculum for online instruction of student athletes.
While the Edgenuity program is intuitive and self-paced, our own certified classroom teachers make sure that our students keep up their coursework, offer tutoring, answer any questions, and give each student plenty of encouragement. Our teachers and parents as well are able to see at a glance how well each student is doing, through the online Edgenuity portal. Students who fail to keep up or are having difficulty with a certain topic are specifically helped, but if they are just dragging their feet out of rebellion, they may lose out on some privileges like outings and fun times until they choose to get caught up.
At LGA, our classroom is overseen by onsite teachers and tutors who are available for questions and online teachers and tutors for further help. Each student is given a laptop computer to use and their own space in a structured classroom atmosphere to fully focus on their schooling. Students do not have the distraction of cell phones, social media, or the distraction of unhealthy friends that could pull their attention away from schooling. We make it easy to succeed due to the atmosphere of our classroom.
For individual tutoring, LGA offers Math and English tutors who specialize in high school and college curriculum. Our students also utilize “White Board Meetings” set up through AOA to directly contact their online teachers for even more help. In White Board Meetings, students can talk with their online teachers in a live chat room, listen to the teacher, and follow along with the virtual whiteboard teachers use to explain lessons and problems.
Eleventh and twelfth-grade students will be enrolled in Standardized Assessment Tests (SAT) and given SAT prep material to study. Students will review with our on-site tutors before taking the SAT, which is necessary for college entrance.
After high school graduation, our students are enrolled in Liberty University’s online program. Students will begin their general education courses and begin earning college credits, which helps them succeed even more after graduating.