Columbus Girls Academy is a boarding school for teenage girls who are struggling with life-controlling issues or addictions, resulting in poor grades, poor choices and general misbehavior. Columbus Girls Academy (CGA) offers a disciplined and structured therapeutic environment that emphasizes character development, spiritual growth and personal responsibility. The non-profit program for girls is designed to develop the whole person in four main areas: spiritual, social, academic and physical. The therapeutic program and boarding school entails counseling; both individually and in group meetings. Students in the boarding school are challenged daily in their relationships and respect for others as they interact with school and counseling staff and their peers. It is an environment that balances discipline with personal responsibility to create a positive peer culture. Our goal is to help students in our boarding school make positive decisions, not based on mandatory compliance, but rather the result of a genuine change of heart. Community service, special projects, outings and mission trips also help our boarding school students change their focus from self to serving others.

Academic Curriculum

Students enrolled in CGA are dually enrolled in Alpha Omega Academy (AOA). Dual enrollment allows students to be fully enrolled in the school while simultaneously taking online courses through Alpha Omega Academy. In addition to the oversight and assistance provided by our CGA teachers, AOA provides distance learning teachers, a quality computer-based curriculum, record keeping and multiple courses. CGA/AOA utilizes Ignitia, 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 not only rigorous and interactive, but 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.

Therapeutic Approach

Each student is specially assigned to the caseload of a CGA on-site Pastoral Counselor. The counselor is the point of contact for the family, available to answer questions and give updates on the student’s progress. Group counseling occurs on a regular basis, guided by the pastoral counselors on staff. Students learn to constructively express their thoughts, ideas, and questions in an environment where each member is accepted and respected. The first hour of each school day is devoted to a therapeutic focus. Our therapy involves an interpretation or identification of why the inappropriate behaviors are occurring, and then a contextualization of these reasons as a function of what erroneous assumptions are in place regarding meeting basic needs. They have acquired dysfunctional routes, behaviors, and attitudes to satisfy primary needs of security and significance. Student counseling and education generally involve the integration of 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 certainly the goal of any sound therapeutic process is discipleship.

Teen Issues We Deal With

CGA helps girls with behavioral issues or rebellion brought on by trauma, low self-esteem, adoption, family discord, peer pressure, bullying, or substance abuse. Girls may be harming themselves, taking excessive risks, using drugs, sexually promiscuous, self-centered, and selfish. Girls typically come to this academy as a last resort after family counseling isn’t working, she is isolating herself from family, and insisting on following peers who are negative influences on her.

Testimonial

“After my first visit I had a peace that this was God’s choice for my daughter. The road wasn’t easy but she was able to internalize God’s word and rebuild relationships with her family that we thought had been damaged beyond repair. Thank you for being source of strength and encouragement to our family. I would recommend your program for any young girl, troubled or not.” – Marla M.

Learn more on their website: http://christianschoolforgirls.com Or call: (334) 855-3695