Lakeland Girls Academy is a Christian boarding school in Lakeland, Florida serving girls ages 13-17. Through different types of therapy and spiritual methods, we provide a safe, structured atmosphere where growth and positive improvement can flourish. We provide first-class care, education, and experience that is sure to be life-changing.
Here at LGA, discipleship is the heart of what we do. We believe that a successful student is one that is strong in Christ, having character and integrity. Through chapel services, pastoral counseling, and the Christ-centered communal structure of the program, we simply provide a structured, positive atmosphere where they can thrive. We believe one of the best ways we honor Christ is to provide a program of excellence in all areas. From participating in chapel or counseling to sweeping the floor or taking out the garbage, our students know that all activities done with a good attitude and excellence are a reflection of the heart, and are all important.
Many of the greatest moments of breakthrough happen not only in counseling or family weekends, but also when one of our students is doing the dishes, mopping the floor, or doing her schoolwork. Through the everyday structure and tasks of the program, our students are able to see God’s faithfulness to be their source of joy, happiness, and self-worth. Also, it is normally in the everyday tasks of the program where we see the negative behavioral issues arise, and through seasoned and dedicated staff, these behaviors are confronted with compassion and love, and they are pointed and shown a higher standard of living.
At LGA, we know that parents play a vital role in the success of their daughter while she is here. Parents of LGA students are given the highest possible involvement. We have parent weekends every other month that offer training and visitation, and family activities. We realize that God designed parents to look after and give direction to their daughter, and we leverage this God-ordained design as much as possible. We also realize that the parents will know much more about their daughter’s past behaviors and patterns, and we work closely with our parents to provide a unified front against their negative behaviors, making it a team effort.
At LGA, we understand that struggling teens often have a hard time of knowing what is truly reality around them, and why they are struggling. While we do know trauma occurs, and this is addressed and given attention, we understand that many teenagers have a tendency to disregard the responsibility to own their negative behaviors and the consequences that come with them. The parent-counselor united team helps the student see the connection between their negative thinking, patterns and their behaviors, and continually points to a healthier way life, by trusting God and obeying His Word.
When the student gets closer to graduating LGA, the counselor and parents work closely to develop a customized game plan to see our girls succeed immediately after, and long after they have graduated the program. They will learn tools to help them cope with their struggles, and how to overcome them with Christ and having a healthy social life.
At LGA, our students meet regularly to discuss problems in a group setting that may be something they all tend to struggle with. It is in this group setting that our girls see that they are not alone, and they begin to see the power of healing by learning to discuss some of their struggles openly, and in a healthy fashion. This format also allows for our more senior students to offer hope and encouragement to our more beginner students.
Signs of Lasting Change
- Embracing and Trusting God with their life
- Finding their worth in Christ foremost
- Improved Academics
- Creativity and passion rebirthed
- Initiates accountability
- Owns mistakes and seeks to improve from them
- Desires healthy relationships
- Understands and respects authority
- Ability to have good, clean fun