At our military-like boarding school for struggling teenage boys 11-17, discipline and structure pave the way for transformation and empowerment, instilling responsibility, leadership, and respect within a rigorous, supportive environment. Here, challenges become growth opportunities as each young man learns to navigate his journey with resilience and integrity, forging a path toward personal success and honor. Our sports program will challenge teens and build teamwork and life discipline values. Gateway Academy is an excellent opportunity to impact your teen for a lifetime based on the time-tested Teen Challenge approach, which has helped teens and families for over a half-century.

Academic Curriculum

Gateway provides ongoing year-round academics as a Department of Education registered private school. Certified teachers assist students in two available self-paced Christian curriculums (Accelerated Christian Education and Alpha Omega), offering tutorial help when needed. A high school diploma is awarded upon graduation, as well as assistance in obtaining ACT and SAT testing in the local schools. Students use a computer-based curriculum that self-scores to facilitate moving at a faster pace through the curriculum. As many of our students come to us having fallen behind in their academics, our school operates year round. Once a student has individually mastered one concept he may move ahead to the next concept without having to wait on a classroom of students, so many students are able to either catch up or get far ahead in their studies.

Therapeutic Approach

Gateway will introduce boys to the peace and happiness that comes from a relationship with Christ. Household and farm chores are also part of each student’s daily character-building routine. The disciplined structure focuses on teaching accountability and self-discipline. With patience, understanding and a little tough love, most young men discover more to life than struggling against those who care about them. Young men at Gateway can reach positions of responsibility and learn leadership skills, which often transfer to college and the world beyond. Participation in athletics is also strongly encouraged at Gateway. Sports teach teamwork and camaraderie. These are invaluable interpersonal skills for a world absorbed by computers and gadgets. Knowing how to work with others is a critical skill taught by our military school.

Teen Issues We Deal With

Boys at Gateway Academy are usually exhibiting defiance at home, disrespectful behavior, dishonesty, and generally declaring outright rebellion. He may be displaying blatant ignorance or rebellion towards boundaries, belief systems, and rules of the home. In addition they may have gang affiliation, are taking excessive risks, using drugs, in trouble with the law, and exhibit anger (though we do not accept violent boys). Usually, boys come to this academy as a last resort after family counseling isn’t working and the boy’s future is at risk.


“Gateway Boarding School was the best decision we have made in our entire life. Our son’s life was saved from destruction. The education at Gateway was the finest he could have received anywhere. He became a self-disciplined student with motivated study habits and finished with a 3.9 GPA. He now has the desire and compassion to serve in his community and church, as well as tutoring and mentoring younger kids.” – David and Joy

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