Prayer Mountain Academy is a year-round, faith-based program and school for adolescent boys ages 12-17 are struggling with anger, defiance, minor substance abuse, and other destructive choices.
The program enrolls boys ages 13-17 who have life-controlling issues or have gotten off track in life. Our Christian boarding school for boys feels like a home. The beautiful 36-acre campus gives boys a peaceful and spacious setting to make lasting life change.
A Relational Atmosphere that Brings Growth
Prayer Mountain Boys Academy centers on relationships. We introduce boys to Jesus Christ, believing that this relationship above all others has the power to heal and transform hurting lives. Our committed staff understands these young men’s situations, many from personal experience, and they love the boys like family. We help them to grow in their relationships with themselves and with each other and, in time, to heal broken relationships with their parents and families.
Boys come to us typically with a careless attitude about life. Many have acquired dysfunctional routes, behaviors, and attitudes to satisfy primary needs of security and significance. We have seen that a proper focus on the future and a relationship with God will change their focus in life toward excitement for their future.
Counseling here generally involves integrating principles from various psychological disciplines and with varying philosophical underpinnings. We embrace the appropriation of this information where it can facilitate discipleship. Most Christian therapists would state that any sound therapeutic process’s goal is life and spiritual mentoring, and discipleship.
Counseling to Promote Healthy Choices
Each student is specially assigned to the caseload of a Prayer Mountain Boys Academy on-site counselor. Along with individual and group counseling, this counselor is also responsible for ensuring smooth delivery of all Prayer Mountain Boys Academy’s services to the student and family. The counselor is the point of contact for the family, available to answer questions and update the student’s progress.
Group counseling occurs regularly, guided by the pastoral counselors on staff here at Prayer Mountain Boys Academy. This time is utilized to allow students an opportunity to grapple with and resolve commonly faced issues. Students learn to constructively express their thoughts, ideas, and questions in an environment where each member is accepted and respected. Group counseling is not utilized to scrutinize individual members or glorify past poor decisions.
Our school curriculum is designed in such a way to emphasize introspective thinking and works hand-in-hand with our Christian counseling. Tailored for the individual student, the work required encourages our students to examine areas of their lives that need change, which comes through knowing God – His character and His word.
Each evening, we also hold Evening Devotions. This special time of sharing is staff-directed and designed to promote growth and unity in the dorm. Some of the topics that may be discussed include Positive Peer Influence, Accountability, Personal Responsibility, Peer Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution.
Each student is specially assigned to the caseload of a Prayer Mountain Boys Academy on-site Counselor. Along with individual and group counseling, this Counselor is also responsible for ensuring smooth delivery of all of Prayer Mountain Boys Academy’s services to the student and family. The counselor is the point of contact for the family, available to answer questions and update the student’s progress.
Group counseling occurs regularly, guided by the pastoral counselors on staff at Prayer Mountain Boys Academy. This time is utilized to allow students an opportunity to grapple with and resolve commonly faced issues. Students learn to constructively express their thoughts, ideas, and questions in an environment where each member is accepted and respected. Group counseling is not utilized to scrutinize individual members or glorify past poor decisions. The focus in group sessions at Prayer Mountain Boys Academy is on change and growth.
The first hour of each school day is devoted to a therapeutic focus. Our therapeutic curriculum is designed in such a way to emphasize introspective thinking and works hand-in-hand with our Christian counseling. Tailored for the individual student, the work required encourages our students to examine areas of their lives that need change, which comes through knowing God – His character and His word. Students must complete 11 units before graduation from our program, which is accomplished by meeting daily and weekly goals.
Evening Group Time
This special time of sharing is staff-directed and designed to promote growth and unity in the dorm. Some of the topics that may be discussed include:
- Positive Peer Influence
- Personal Responsibility
- Peer Reconciliation/Conflict Resolution
Our Aftercare Program
Prayer Mountain Boys Academy is committed to the continued success of our students. Before completing the program, a Parent/Student contract will be developed by the counselor, student, and family. The contract’s goal will be to define and uphold the boundaries within the home. The contract topics include the re-establishment of trust, specific responsibilities, guidelines, conflict resolution, educational goals, and spiritual commitments. Prayer Mountain Boys Academy will work with the student and family to set up a home support system before the student graduates from the program.
Upon graduation, we will periodically contact the graduate and welcome the graduate and family to contact their counselor for further help or guidance following the program’s closure.
A Second Chance at Education
Boys come to us with a wide variety of academic records, often with a history of failing grades and skipped classes. For many of our students, enrollment with Prayer Mountain Boys Academy means a second chance at graduating high school, a possibility that their former lifestyle had nearly destroyed. Our self-paced curriculum, along with one-on-one instruction from our teaching staff, allows boys to gain mastery of subjects and earn missed credits toward a high school diploma.
Students at Prayer Mountain Boys Academy are enrolled in Alpha Omega for their online schooling. In addition to the oversight and assistance provided by our Prayer Mountain Boys Academy staff, Alpha Omega provides a quality computer-based curriculum, record keeping, and a wide variety of courses.
Prayer Mountain Boys Academy offers:
- Accreditation – The security of knowing dual enrollment courses are held to high-quality standards necessary for the academy to maintain accreditation which is recognized worldwide by colleges and universities.
- Teachers – Uniquely qualified and certified to teach subject-specific distance learning courses to our students.
- Quality Curriculum – Prayer Mountain Boys Academy utilizes the Ignitia curriculum, the newest learning management system from Alpha Omega Publications. Built exclusively for Christian schools, this comprehensive curriculum includes lessons in five core subject areas: language arts, math, science, history, and Bible, with a diverse list of electives also available. Ignitia courses are rigorous and interactive, but they provide instruction based on a Christian worldview, encouraging students to consider challenging questions from a biblical perspective. Courses include text-based lessons, assignments, quizzes, and tests that engage students while they learn. Optional external web links, interactive learning games, audio and video clips, and off-computer assignments help students develop the skills necessary for academic success in a media-rich environment.
- Personalized Assignments – Students get a consolidated view of daily assignments, curriculum overviews, due dates, subject reviews, and grades with this organizational feature geared to keep them on track.
- Prescriptive Credit Recovery – Diagnostic testing in language arts and math allows teachers to identify content areas in which students need review. Students who previously failed a course can recover the credits they need to graduate without repeating the entire course.
- Strong, Reliable Safeguards – Role-based access controls, automatic expiration, and other security features enforce and support a credible learning experience. Student computers are programmed to restrict all internet access, except Academy-related websites. To limit distractions and provide an environment conducive to learning, students do not have access to email or social networking sites while attending Prayer Mountain Boys Academy.
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God directed my steps and changed me at Prayer Mountain Academy, one step at a time. He healed all the anger and everything else in my life before. I figured out that I couldn’t do things on my own but that God was the only one who could direct my life.
I decided to give God a chance and surrender everything to Him. At Prayer Mountain Academy, I finally realized all the things I’ve been going through didn’t have to be there anymore. Since then, my life has never been the same.