Gateway Academy for Boys
Gateway Academy for Boys helps teenage boys who have gotten off track in life need discipline and respect for authority. Gateway features all of the elements that will have the most positive life-long impact on boys in the shortest possible time, administered by loving mentors and peers who encourage them to succeed.
The academy, accredited school, working ranch and farm, counseling and mentoring, competitive team sports, spiritual emphasis and our hands-on outreach to the community and missions trips to third world countries all combine to make young men all they can be, and more. Read the testimonials and imagine the impact this active-lifestyle program can have on your son who is struggling or perhaps has gotten into trouble with the law or has given up on school.
Gateway Academy for Boys is made up of caring, concerned staff, many whom have been in your situation with their own children. Our purpose in life is to help a self-destructing teenage boy do a turnaround and begin looking at life differently. Boys are given a new purpose, a new drive, and a new passion to be a better person and to serve others.
If you could see the before and after pictures of boys who have come through our program, you would see a striking change to confident, happy young men. You would see selfish boys with a chip on their shoulders who are now ready to give the shirt off their back to someone in need. You would see boys without purpose who now have solid goals and direction for their life.
A year ago we were hurting and at a loss. This year we are missing our boy but knowing that he is in loving and capable hands. We are so proud of him. — Rachel (parent)
Gateway Academy for Boys was the best decision we have made in our entire life. Our son’s life was saved from destruction on this earth and for eternity. 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 (parents)
We had tried everything we could think of for our troubled son — tough love, Christian counseling, traditional church activities, and homeschooling. But all were to no avail. The school format of Gateway Academy taught John self-control, physical work and teamwork, leadership skills and integrity. John received love, discipline, forgiveness, and persistent mentoring from dedicated staff members. Gateway School is a God-send for our broken family…restoring our relationship with our son. It is a place of hope, a place of love, and a place of renewal. — Jessica (parent)
We’re not new at this. We know what works, and we see lives changed every day. We’re not making robots out of these kids. We’re building up young men with confidence, who thoughtfully consider their options, having learned that making bad choices leads to bad outcomes. We’re developing leaders of integrity and men of strength from foolish boys who were weak and headed for disaster.
Initially, our structure focuses on teaching accountability and self-discipline. At home, parents generally want their sons to do their homework and keep their rooms clean. In a highly structured environment, students participate in study hall and have room inspections. Mastery of the basics provides the first steps up on the ladder of success.
With patience, understanding and a little tough love, most young men discover more to life than struggling, or sometimes fighting, with those who care about them. This success can be trained. It is not magic.
Most students are surprised to learn that the program at Gateway is not what they expected. The initial fear of the unknown can be great with new students, but every student has been there. The anxiety of a different type of school culture plus the adventure of being away from home can be overwhelming at first. This is a shared feeling. But, those students also know that the feeling passes once the structured lifestyle is learned.
OURS IS A MISSION OF BUILDING ACHIEVEMENT WITHIN EACH YOUNG MAN. BEYOND LEARNING THE BASICS, THERE IS A RANGE OF OPPORTUNITY AT GATEWAY ACADEMY FOR BOYS JUST WAITING FOR YOUNG MEN TO DISCOVER.
Seldom is there opportunity for a young man to lead five, ten, twenty or more peers while in high school. Young men at Gateway can reach positions of responsibility and learn leadership skills, which often transfer to college and the world beyond.
Engaging academics in a structured environment is often easier for most, and it helps young men see a brighter future in terms of applying to college. Challenging a young man while his thoughts are big and his future is open is a wonderful part of what we do at Gateway.
Participation in athletics is 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 program.
Gateway is not the simple path. For faculty, staff and students, a highly structured environment is hard work. In the classroom, on the parade field and with the teams, the Gateway family strives for the betterment of each student, and the restoration of the family.
Over 1,000 boys from every state in America, and some international students, have attended Gateway. During their first 4-5 months, boys practice the disciplines of a highly structured regiment. Instructors lead them in daily physical training. Household and farm chores are also part of each student’s daily routine. Earning their rank advancements through weekly evaluations and academic hours completed, students move up in their level. Once they have exhibited attitudes and behaviors that reflect a responsible mind and heart, they are eligible to travel with ministry teams and sports events away from the campus.
We look forward to talking to you. Our program has open enrollment, year-round. Should your son be a good fit for our program, he can get started right away. Our self-paced, teacher-directed school program is designed to be flexible and allow your son to get caught up or even to get ahead.