Columbus Girls Academy

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Columbus Girls Academy
is a Christian boarding school for teenage girls struggling with life-controlling problems. They offer a disciplined and structured therapeutic environment that emphasizes character development, spiritual growth and personal responsibility. The non-profit therapeutic program for girls is designed to develop the whole person in four main areas: spiritual, social, academic and physical.

Students who enter Columbus Girls Academy program exhibit issues and behaviors such as:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Rebellion/Anger/Defiance
  • Depression/Suicidal thoughts
  • Deceitfulness/Cheating/Theft Manipulation
  • Promiscuity/Gender confusion
  • Drug experimentation Alcohol or prescription drug abuse
  • Self-harm

students1Many times, prior to choosing a Christian Therapeutic Boarding School, parents have sought help from psychiatry and the use of medication. Columbus Girls Academy works to gradually wean girls off of psychotropic drugs, with the help of a physician. Some students who come to the program have been previously diagnosed with behavioral or psychological disorders such as:

  • ADHD
  • ADD
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder(ODD)
  • Bipolar
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder(RAD)
  • Depression

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At CGA, every student has the opportunity to achieve a premium education that is well-rounded and fully accredited.  CGA is a year-round school, which allows students to achieve phenomenal progress towards high school completion and beyond.  Our partnerships with Alpha Omega Academy and Liberty University Online produces an educational atmosphere that spurs a desire to succeed, which gains momentum and encourages the student to reach their full potential.

CGA uses a fully accredited online Middle and High School curriculum supplied by Alpha Omega Academy, which is certified by AdvancED, the highest accrediting body for schools in the United States. Our commitment to quality education is our priority.

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Our high school graduates transition immediately into general education college courses with Liberty University. Once a student has transitioned to Liberty University, their educational path is their own.  Students have the ability to keep a collegiate pace while attending CGA.  Several options
open up for transitioning into a university setting after CGA.

boarding schoolColumbus Girls Academy is a registered non-public school with the State of Alabama Department of Education. They use the award winning Switched on Schoolhouse (SOS) Christian education curriculum. SOS offers five core school subjects and a variety of electives, enhanced by exciting multimedia. Columbus Girls Academy accommodates your child and teachers have the ability to customize lessons to meet each student’s individual learning needs.

Therapy involves an interpretation or identification of why the inappropriate behaviors are occurring, and then a contextualization of these reasons as a function of what erroneous assumptions are in place regarding meeting basic needs.  Through discipleship curriculum and ongoing pastoral counseling relative to the curriculum content, the students are able to discover their incorrect assumptions and replace them with a relationship with God.

Each Student is specially assigned to the caseload of a Columbus Girls Academy on-site Pastoral Counselor. Along with individual and group counseling, this Counselor is also responsible to ensure a smooth delivery of all of CGA’s services to the student and family. The counselor is the point of contact for the family, available to answer questions and give updates on the students’ progress.

Group counseling occurs on a regular basis, guided by the pastoral counselors on staff at CGA.  This time is utilized to allow students an opportunity to grapple with and resolve commonly faced issues.  Students learn to constructively express their thoughts, ideas, and questions in an environment where each member is accepted and respected.  Group counseling is not utilized to scrutinize individual members or to glorify past poor decisions.

Activities

The 200-acre all girls boarding school campus is a special place where students and families experience peace and tranquility as they work through the process of changing their motivations in life and restoring relationships. The property includes a 35-acre lake for fishing, canoeing and paddle boats, hiking trails, tennis and basketball courts, softball field, swimming pool and volleyball court.

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Participation in all activities is required and completed as a group, supervised by staff members.  Students are challenged daily in relationships as they interact with staff and their peers. The environment is one that balances discipline with personal responsibility to create a positive peer culture. Columbus Girls Academy’s goal is to nurture students that make positive decisions that are not based on mandatory compliance, but rather where positive choices are made as a result of genuine concern for themselves and others.

Physical Education – As a regular part of the daily schedule students are able to participate in calisthenics, practice drills and sports (i.e. tennis, basketball, volley ball, soccer, softball, aerobics, swimming).  CGA school credit is earned for each student’s participation in Physical Education.

The Arts – Choir and Drama Teams rehearse and perform at local churches, events and on-campus ceremonies.  Under the direction of skilled CGA staff, students are able to continue to grow and excel in their God-given talents.

Weekly Church Services – Students have a regular church experience while at CGA, attending local church services three times a week, Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday night.

Weekly Chapel Services – On Friday morning students and staff join together for campus wide worship.  This is a special time where the entire CGA family is able to grow together, share in one another’s victories, and help to bear one another’s burdens in prayer.

Special Outings – At CGA we want our students to understand that, contrary to popular belief among teens today, one can live a life that honors God and have fun at the same time.  To demonstrate this CGA staff go above and beyond to “create wow experiences” for our students, fun is allowed!  CGA students attend several youth conferences, Christian concerts and events throughout the year.

Recreation – As a reward for obedience and cooperation students are provided scheduled times of recreation throughout the week.  At CGA there are many facilities and opportunities for recreation right on our campus.  The students enjoy the beautiful 35 acre lake with paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, and fishing poles.  During the summer months students enjoy the sport swimming pool with welcomed refreshment and fun.  On rainy days our students may enjoy recreational time indoors in our student lounge or specious lodge.  CGA Staff and Emerging Student Leaders also get creative in planning special events for our students on campus such as field days, obstacle courses, team building activities and talent shows.