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Gateway is all about building character and critical-thinking

When boys get off track in life, they need discipline and order. They need to learn a trade and begin to show respect for authority and for their loved ones. And most of all, they need to learn the importance of having God in their lives. Gateway remains regimented from its military school roots, but it now blends a character-enriching and vocational program into its military-like decorum. The boarding school has eliminated the meaningless drills of typical military schools and boot camps while adding vocational and faith elements.

“Gateway is the only remaining military school that works exclusively with boys who have gotten in trouble with the law or expelled from public or private school.”  — MilitarySchoolUSA.com

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    Teaching Discipline

    Gateway is designed to turn around bad behavior and poor decisions, giving you back the kind, respectful and promising boy you once knew.

  • Fun Activities

    Boys can enjoy soccer, basketball, and baseball, with a first-class gymnasium and expansive sports facilities.

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    Teaching responsibility is part of our focus. Boys learn valuable life skills while they are here.

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    Academic Repair

    Boys get caught up academically and significantly improve their grades for college entrance and future employment.


The primary goal of Gateway is to help boys age 12-17 turn around from their self-destructive behavior and negative attitudes to grow in knowledge, honor, respect, and faith. Students are encouraged and mentored to seek God and develop godly character and to begin to live out their newfound faith in everything that they do and say.


    to serve every student with Christ like compassion, respect and guidance.


    to address the needs of students and to assist them in the development of Godly character.


    ourselves to mentor and to nurture meaningful relationships, inspiring hope for the future.

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More life-changing than military schools and boot camps

Gateway turns around boys from the inside out.  If you could see the before and after pictures of the boys who come to Gateway, you would see boys who were once destined to be school dropouts or in trouble with the law who have blossomed into confident, happy, and caring young men. You would see once selfish boys with a chip on their shoulders who are now ready to give someone in need the shirt off their back. You would see once aimless boys now with self-respect, respect for others, and direction and purpose for their life.

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  • Ronald Reagan

    Former President

    Ronald Reagan

    “Teen Challenge is effective; it is literally changing the lives of young Americans from every walk of life. The work and dedication of Teen Challenge deserves the commendation of every citizen.”

  • John Ashcroft

    Former Attorney General

    John Ashcroft

    “I have been a long time support of the work Teen Challenge has accomplished and the help they have provided over the years.”

  • James Dobson

    Founder Focus on the Family

    Dr. James C. Dobson

    “Organizations like Teen Challenge…have a far better record of dealing with social issues and people in difficulty than do the bureaucrats.”

  • Dan Cathy

    CEO Chick-fil-A

    Dan T. Cathy

    “I truly admire Teen Challenge because of its loving, life-giving ministry to individuals who are bound by life controlling addictions.”

  • George Bush

    President George

    W. Bush

    “Teen Challenge is one of the most successful programs in our country.”

  • John C. Maxwell

    Bestselling Leadership Author

    John C. Maxwell

    “Teen Challenge offers hope and restoration to individuals by exchanging their distorted views on life with God’s perspectives.”

  • Jim Blanchard

    Past Director AT&T

    Jim Blanchard

    “I have not seen a more effective ministry in leading hurting people to a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.”

  • Kevin Leman

    Psychologist and Author

    Dr. Kevin Leman

    “I wholeheartedly support the efforts of Teen Challenge…they really make a difference in lives and each of us can be proud that they are part of our community.”

  • John Walters

    Former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

    John P. Walters

    “Teen Challenge is doing the job that others only talk about. Teen Challenge is a reputable institution that needs to be highlighted.”

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A life-changing program and boarding school for boys ages 12-17 that teaches discipline and builds character, confidence, respect, and leadership.

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We can also help you in your search for other school for troubled teens, schools with therapy, therapeutic Christian boarding schools, private therapeutic schools, boarding schools or best therapeutic schools. Military boarding schools for boys, like this Teen Challenge military school for boys and boys home, offers help for troubled teen boys and teen counseling in a structured boarding school setting. Unlike boot camps and military schools, Gateway is a long-term residential program that helps bring about better behavior in at-risk teenage boys; boys with anger, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Gateway no longer operates like boot camps or military schools, but still retains the structure and discipline of military academies. Gateway is similar to military schools since it can be referred to as a “school for troubled teens”. This is one of few military academies and residential schools for troubled teens that is affordable. We serve boys from the southeast, but also boys in TexasKentuckyTennesseeLouisianaMississippiMichiganOhio, IllinoisGeorgiaFloridaVirginiaNorth CarolinaPennsylvania, and Alabama.

Military-Style Boarding School for Difficult Boys - Gateway Academy (FL)

The only military boarding school just for troubled boys, age 12-17, builds confidence, discipline, respect, and leadership (Florida).

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