Freedom Academy is a lower cost boarding school in New York, helping troubled teenagers, get a new start on life. Here is where even the most broken lives can be and are healed.
The staff at Freedom Academy is loving and caring. Students are shown the compassion and love of Jesus Christ through the faith of the staff in this program. As students choose to stay and follow the path laid out before them, they will be rewarded and healthy behavior will be encouraged.
The goal of this is for each student to build personal responsibility and foster and develop their own personal relationship with God. This is a source of long-lasting change in these young peoples’ lives.
Students are taught responsibility and a work ethic. They will complete chores on a daily basis as well as service projects. The teamwork they learn here will carry over into sports and other work they will be involved in. This may sound like a lot of work, but children must be allowed time to be children, so fun is encouraged. They will have plenty of time to sing, play sports, attend summer, and learn to experience a new joy without the burdens of their previous struggles.
Students who come through Freedom Academy have a multitude of opportunities available to them. Once they’ve overcome the struggles they came with, many go on to college, to the military, directly to the workforce, or even to full-time ministry.
The school seeks to help each young person find and reach their God-given potential through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Spiritually, we help the young people find peace and forgiveness through a personal relationship with the Lord.
- Physically, we help the young people get free of damaging addictions and learn the value of a positive work ethic.
- Emotionally, we help the young people recover from the hurt of a traumatic past and learn to trust again.
- And mentally, we help the young people learn to value education and pursue God’s plan for their lives.
Parents can be sure of a strong commitment to the Word of God as the foundation of the program. They can trust that their child is in a safe place and surrounded by team that will be personally involved in their lives; and they can know that their child will be treated with care as an individual child of God.
Our 3 Promises to Parents
- Your child will be valued and respected by our staff, treated with the same care and understanding that we would want our own children treated with.
- Your child’s spiritual well being is our top priority. Your child will constantly be confronted with clear teaching and preaching from the Bible.
- We will make it a priority to give your child the character, education and work ethic that will help them to become productive members of your family and lay the groundwork for future success.
Our students are taught responsibility; they will learn teamwork through sports and work; and they will gain character through the application of Biblical principles in everything they do. And through it all, they will enjoy themselves and get to be kids – singing, playing sports, going to summer camp, etc. – without the burdens of their past troubles.
We are blessed to have watched so many young people grow up to follow Him and to go on to lead productive lives. Some go on to college, some to the military, others to the workforce, and some go on to serve Jesus Christ in full-time ministry.
Freedom Academy is a place of non-stop activity
Young people in our care participate in a myriad of activities that go on at Freedom Academy. Along the way, they are taught responsibility through chores and service projects; they learn teamwork through sports and work; and they gain character through the application of Biblical principles in everything they do.
Through it all, they will enjoy themselves and get to be kids – singing, playing sports, going to summer camp, etc – without the burdens of their past troubles.
A Typical Day at Freedom Academy
Our schedule makes time each day for spiritual growth (personal devotions, chapel), academic study and chores. Each day also includes free time and recreational time for students to enjoy themselves and have a break.
Weekday, students wake up at 6:00 AM, prepare for the day, go to breakfast then chapel. After chapel, students attend school until around 3 with a break for lunch. After school, they attend to chores until dinner. After dinner, there will be time for sports/recreation and, depending on the day, either a personal development class or a group activity of some sort.
Students attend school for roughly six hours each day. They have at least an hour of recreation time in the evenings. There are two or three group times a week where personal development/character issues are discussed, aside from chapel times.
During free time, students typically have the option of going to the recreation room (to play games or get a snack), watching TV in the dormitory (evenings only), or playing sports on the quad or basketball court.