12998 E. 1400 Rd, Stockton, MO 65785
Program type: In-patient - Addiction Treatment, Boarding Schools, Mentoring Programs, Preparatory School, Ranches, School for Learning Disabilities, Therapeutic Boarding Schools
Agape Boarding School serves struggling teenage boys, providing counseling, a college prep education and competitive athletics. It is a lower-cost, not-for-profit Christian boarding school with an exceptional campus. Agape uses a loving approach to work with boys who are rebellious, choosing the wrong friends, experimenting with drugs or alcohol, or unmotivated in school.
Through a structured program, counseling, and daily encouragement, boys mend relationships with family and learn to interact appropriately with authorities, peers, and their community. Graduates take responsibility for their actions and seek daily to serve others.
Agape Boarding School has helped thousands of boys over the last twenty years to mature into respectable young men. With their lives back on track, these boys graduate high school and move on to college and bright successful futures. Agape has accommodations on its 200-acre ranch for 120 boys and 28 staff families, with a wide variety of athletic, recreational, and animal facilities.
Compare Agape Boarding School to a therapeutic boarding school or teen programs and you will find that the program offers much more. Agape’s program and campus facilities are much more advanced than most teen programs and we are also much more affordable. Agape is the perfect atmosphere where teen boys that struggle with authority or who have been swayed into bad behavior by their peers can get their lives back on the right track. For over twenty-two years, Agape Christian Boarding School has helped thousands of boys, giving them a firm foundation, and transforming them into respectful young men with a renewed relationship with his parents and a walk with Christ.
Agape Boarding School has also helped many teens learn Christian values and grow in their faith. We are specifically designed in structure and care to be a positive influence to turn struggling teen boys around to become mature, thoughtful and respectful young men, with a renewed purpose and outlook on life. We’ll also help your teenager get back on track academically, with fully accredited academics and transferable high school credits.
If your son is out of control, failing school, experimenting with alcohol or marijuana, or you feel you are losing your son, Agape Boarding School can help get him back on track!
At Agape, teenage boys have the opportunity to get back on track academically with accredited high school courses. If your son is out of control, failing school, rebellious, defiant, experimenting with alcohol or marijuana, or if you feel you are losing your son, Agape Boarding School will help get him back! Agape is designed to work specifically with teens that have gotten off track in life, or who have been diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, ADD, RAD, or who are lacking motivation in their education and their own future.
Agape’s facilities have grown to include an office complex, dining hall and kitchen, dormitory, full size gym, outdoor ball courts, swimming pool, recreation center, theater room, two outdoor riding arenas, baseball field, football and soccer fields, lake, amphitheater, several horse barns, outdoor rodeo arena and rodeo grounds, and more.
Agape gives teens the opportunity to turn their life around by offering a fresh start, a quality education with fully accredited academics and college preparatory studies, as well as sports and vocational training. The Agape campus is an amazing place, the approach is loving, and the belief is that a changed heart comes from a personal relationship with God. Even if your teen is failing in his faith or is not a Christian, Agape can still help him.
Agape’s program and facilities are much more advanced than most teen programs and the tuition is a fraction of therapeutic boarding schools. Agape is the perfect atmosphere where teen boys that struggle with authority or who have been swayed into bad behavior by their peers can get their lives back on the right track. For over twenty-three years, Agape Christian Boarding School has operated as effectively as a therapeutic boarding school, helping transform thousands of boys into respectful young men with a renewed relationships, a new purpose in life and a closer walk with Christ.
Agape keeps family involved throughout a student’s stay at Agape. Regular communication takes place between parents and the student, between the student and staff, and between staff and parents. We all work together through phone calls, letters and visits. We send quarterly academic and behavior progress reports, on top of regular communication with parents. Parents are encouraged to call or email staff for updates as often as they wish.
Agape’s goal is to help reestablish the student’s relationship with their family. As boys learn to interact appropriately with their parents, they also work toward mending broken relationships. Family counseling sessions are held over the phone as needed, such as when topics come up in a student’s individual counseling. Parents also conference with the student’s counselor when they come for visits. After the program, Agape provides six months of follow-up to help with the transition home.
They strive to see boys return home willing to honor their parents and live respectfully under their authority.
Agape Boarding School understands that it is important for young men to stay active. Athletic opportunities are a great way to accomplish this. We offer sports for two reasons. One, athletics gives the students some enjoyable activities to help Agape be a more normal high school experience. We also use sports as a teaching tool for such qualities as perseverance, teamwork, proper attitude, and more. Boys gain basic athletic skills and many character traits through participation.
Agape Boarding School offers many different activities and sports including basketball, wrestling, boxing, baseball, swimming, volleyball, soccer, football, fishing, canoeing, a golf tournament, and an equestrian program which includes our summer rodeo events. Most of these activities will be held on campus; however, travel may be required with basketball, wrestling, and boxing teams.
Some sports are mandatory, while participation in others is entirely voluntary. For some sports, such as basketball, there are tryouts for a team and Agape competes with other schools and in tournaments. It is important that each student stay active and healthy and learn to participate in activities and an athletics program. Skill level is important but there are intramural sports as well. All students have Physical Education (P.E.) classes three times a week during school hours. On weekends, they may select activities for themselves.
The athletic director is also the P.E. teacher and basketball coach. There are many sports camps annually, for which we hire coaches for the week. All students participate in wrestling, basketball, and soccer camps. Voluntary annual camps for boxing, softball, and football are available too. There is an exciting outdoor challenge week, featuring events such as canoeing, archery, fishing, or air-soft rifles. The summer rodeo is the highlight of their equestrian program.
The athletic program is one of the many strengths of Agape Boarding School. Boys benefit greatly from the skills they learn through athletics, and they reap those benefits both on and off the field.
About 1 1/2 yrs. ago, we were in the position of desperately searching for the right place for our 13 y.o. son. I know what to look for in a school, through the MANY hours of “Googling”, searching, calling, reviewing. Nothing compares to the whole package we have found in Agape. Firstly, and most importantly it is Christian-founded. You absolutely cannot find a better place. They have the crucial balance between an extremely structured environment, and the fact that they absolutely love these boys, and their desire is for the boys to take responsibility for their own choices, stop blaming everyone else for their problems, and learn to truly live an abundant life that God wants to bless them with. The food is all home cooking, and out of this world. The facilities are immaculate. The boys work hard, eat well, are cared for as sons. Tuition is well below average.
–Parent of Former Student
Agape Boarding School has helped my son and has literally saved my son’s life. He thanks me for sending him to Agape Boarding School. His smile is back! The staff at Agape Boarding School are amazing. I have seen Ma’am come and hug the boys and have great conversations with them. The staff laugh with the boys, but at the same time demand respect. I love my Agape family and I’m blessed that they are around to help families come together again. It’s sometimes tough raising teens in today’s culture and we need to stand together for all of our boys! Agape Boarding School is my answer to prayer!
Agape Boarding School has saved the life of my son as well as the rest of the family. My son was adopted at age 7 from a third world country. He had spent his entire life in a bad orphanage. Upon arrival, his behavior was utterly out-of-control — though family, teachers and professionals were doing all they could to get him help. After 3 and a half horrible years, I enrolled him in Agape Boarding School. One year later, he is much improved. He’s not perfect, but he has calmed down and started to learn. If he hadn’t gone to Agape, there is no doubt in my mind that he would already, at age 12, have a criminal record.
–Parent of Former Student
Cost Per Day: $50 - $150
Financial assistance available: Yes
Average Length of Stay: Over 12 Months
Number of clients at facility: 50 +
Staff to Client Ratio: 1:7+
Accredited school on site: Yes
Spiritual component: Yes
Christian programming: Yes
Family counseling available: Yes
Licensed within state: Yes
Capable of using physical restraint
Ability to dispense medication
Accredited school on property
Tutoring is available
Has a spiritual component
Wilderness Therapy Component
Life Skills Programming