Gateway Unlike Other Military Schools
You are most likely checking out Gateway because you have a boy in crisis and you think a military school will be the answer. Children with out-of-control behaviors pose a frightening dilemma for parents. Most parents who contact us have tried counseling and homeschooling, but the behaviors continue (and continue to get more dangerous). Boys who run away or are experimenting with drugs, huffing, illegal activity or promiscuous sex are headed for great difficulty in their life, or a very short life.
Parents with an out-of-control teen are afraid to do nothing, yet they are frustrated at their lack of options. They live in fear of where their son’s choices may take him, and they watch with dismay the lack of interest in school and too much interest in inappropriate friends. They live on pins and needles, wondering what will happen next. The challenge at hand is to turn their son back to making responsible choices and restoring a healthy, trusting relationship with the family; 0ne that is filled with honesty and communication.
This dilemma is what GMA was designed to solve. Boys in crisis need an extended break away from their peers and other influences in their life. They need to learn discipline. They need godly mentors in their life and to experience challenges they can conquer that aren’t self-destructive. They need to build their muscles, their minds and their spirits.
Should you allow us, we accept the challenge to help your son get back on track in life in our Christian military school. We also accept the challenge to mentor and coach you, the parent, and to help bring healing to your home and your relationship with your son. Our program is designed to bring about change.
We will introduce your son, age 11-17, to the peace and happiness that comes from a relationship with Christ. Our twice-weekly chapels are hallmarked by contemporary worship and prayer. Our evenings are occupied with character growth studies and group Bible discussions. Our staff are always available for a spiritual discussion and interject biblical themes into everything we do.
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, like other military schools, our military 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 military boot camp environment, cadets 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 military school at Gateway is not what they expected. The initial fear of the unknown can be great with new cadets, but every cadet 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 cadets also know that the feeling passes once the military system is learned.
Our military school is on a mission to build achievement within each young man. Beyond learning the basics, there is a range of opportunities at Gateway 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 military school.
Gateway is not the simple path. For faculty, staff and cadets, a military school 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 military-style regiment in the boot camp atmosphere of Jacob Platoon. Drill instructors lead them in daily physical training and military school drill exercises. Household and farm chores are also part of each cadet’s daily routine. Earning their rank advancements through weekly evaluations and academic hours completed, cadets move from E-1 “Private” to E-8 “Master Sergeant.” When they enter Isaac Platoon, they are eligible to travel with ministry teams and sports events away from the campus.
Every Friday afternoon, all cadets receive applause for advancements in academics as well as rank. On monthly parent visit events, our Color Guard drill and ceremony present a spectacular marching and rifle team exhibition.
Please take a minute right now to fill in our online inquiry form or call us. We look forward to talking to you. Our military school 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.