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Columbus Girls Academy




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schools for troubled girls

Kansas City, MO

Kansas City Girls Academy


Kansas City, MO


Help for Girls


These Christian boarding schools for girls are nonprofit alternative education and therapy programs just for girls struggling with life-controlling problems. Girls enroll from around the country. Application is FREE and enrollment is year-round. To learn more, call the school or inquire online today.

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Educational Support

We offer girls a chance to get caught up in school, retake courses for better grades, and to find a God-given purpose and eternal hope. We do this through a powerful mix of mentoring, academics, individual counseling, personal responsibility, and involvement in the community.


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Therapeutic Support

Each school is also a holistic therapeutic program – meaning that we deal with the issues in the girls’ lives that are causing them to act out.  We help troubled teens become mentally sound, responsible, respectful, honest, emotionally balanced, and socially adjusted.

Educational, Emotional, and Spiritual Recovery

“These therapeutic schools are effective, lower in cost, and highly caring alternatives to the more expensive ones.” — Editors of BestTherapeuticBoardingSchools.com

We establish solution-focused therapy techniques to help each student overcome their unique life-controlling problems. This approach allows us to address lifelong problems in a comparatively short program.  Our trained staff work with students to develop regular goals. These goals are agreed upon by the student and are intended to illuminate problem areas and help them find practical alternative solutions to problem areas in their lives.

As a result of trauma, adolescents tend to react in a cycle of hyper-alertness and hyper-avoidance to perceived threats. They may act out by being aggressive or by taking risks. They can also “act in” by giving up control to a peer group.  Our Trauma-Informed Care recognizes the full spectrum of responses to trauma and creates an environment where teens feel safe to recover. 

Trauma-Informed Care is a consistent form of care that is therapeutic in nature. The techniques we use help address the girl’s threat bias.  We prioritize building healthy relationships with each student —”connection before correction”— where girls can feel emotionally safe.  They feel reassured that they belong, have significance, and are being heard. 

We do have parameters about acceptable behaviors, and those are mostly about physical safety. We strive to help students share control in all areas of their lives. In school, teachers help students feel safe in the classroom and offer a variety of ways to learn and achieve their academic goals. We have a gentle routine that helps teach teens to learn to choose and form relaxing habits. Day by day, Trauma-Informed Care helps teens move from needing external controls to having autonomy over their own choices. 

Our residential programs and schools help girls get back on the right track educationally as well as learning that they have a higher purpose and calling on this Earth. We surround our students all day long with a Christian environment designed to help facilitate life change through our team’s witness and guidance.

Teen Challenge

Our educational program is fully accredited by COGNIA and tailored to meet each student’s specific needs.  Students who complete high school receive an official high school diploma. Credits are transferable. On-site teachers track student progress, tutor students, and offer additional aids to learning as needed. Students who give their best effort in academics are recognized for their achievements and may earn additional rewards.  

CogniaOur schools utilize a faith-friendly academic curriculum designed to give students access to their highest potential with Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) course options and credit recovery for students who have lagged in their education.   

Our  counselors also facilitate our own faith-based character-building courses with the girls (individually and in groups), which are a key aspect of our overall program.  We utilize landmark curriculum by today’s leading Christian authors and therapists to teach key concepts for successful living.  Each campus offers unique opportunities to engage in activities to help your teen discover her purpose and value.  

Today, what ISN’t taught is almost as important as what IS taught…
Unlike today’s public schools and schoolbooks, we don’t push a sociopolitical agenda, race theories, gender manipulation, and altered American history. We simply teach the most important skills needed in life and we help our students find real purpose and meaning.

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What Leaders Say About Our Boarding Schools

  • John Ashcroft
    Former Attorney General
    John Ashcroft

    “I have been a long time supporter of the what these programs have accomplished and the help they have provided over the years.”

  • Ronald Reagan
    Former President
    Ronald Reagan

    “It is literally changing the lives of young Americans from every walk of life….deserves the commendation of every citizen.”

  • James Dobson
    Founder Focus on the Family
    Dr. James C. Dobson

    “Organizations like this have a far better record of dealing with social issues and people in difficulty than do the bureaucrats.”

  • Dan Cathy
    CEO Chick-fil-A
    Dan T. Cathy

    “I truly admire it because of its loving, life-giving ministry to individuals who are bound by life-controlling issues.”

  • George Bush
    George W. Bush

    “One of the most successful programs in our country.”

  • John C. Maxwell
    Bestselling Leadership Author
    John C. Maxwell

    “Offers hope and restoration to individuals by exchanging their distorted views on life with God’s perspectives.”

  • Jim Blanchard
    Past Director AT&T
    Jim Blanchard

    “I have not seen a more effective ministry in leading to a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.”

  • Kevin Leman
    Psychologist and Author
    Dr. Kevin Leman

    “They really make a difference in lives and each of us can be proud that they are part of our community.”

  • John Walters
    Former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
    John P. Walters

    “Doing the job that others only talk about…a reputable institution that needs to be highlighted.”