Lakeland Girls Academy

Lakeland Grace Academy is a nonprofit home and school for girls age 13-17 who are self-destructing or struggling with academics.
We offer a year-round, highly active environment where girls receive adventure, academic repair, life coaching, and 24/7 care.
We help girls soar emotionally, spiritually and academically while providing a fun, safe and loving environment.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationChristian
Grades OfferedGrades 8-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild
Year Founded1990
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students19 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Lakeland Girls Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Number of AP Courses6 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling

School Notes

Lakeland Grace Academy is a residential home and school specifically designed for girls who are struggling with life controlling issues. LGA student residences, kitchen/dining and school are located in a 10,000 square foot home-like facility on acreage nestled in a middle class community. There are ample areas for physical activities on the property, an inter-campus athletic department, and a screened-in pool.  Lakeland employs fifteen female team members and counselors, each with the appropriate education and experience suited for their roles.Teen Challenge provides a safe haven for adolescents who have sought to fill the void in their hearts, only to reap destructive consequences in its place. Our program provides an opportunity for each student to refocus and assess her life decisions and allows her the opportunity to choose the abundant life Christ has to offer. In the process, the student is taught indispensable lessons of strong work ethics, team work, patience, diligence, determination, communication, submission and motivation, to name a few.

Some of the issues our residents come to us with include:
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss a academic status, skipping school or dropping grades
  • RebellionAnger/Defiance
  • Depression/Suicidal thoughts
  • Deceitfulness/Cheating/Theft
  • Manipulation/Blame shifting
  • Promiscuity
  • Minor drug experimentation
  • Eating disorders
  • Alcohol or Prescription drug abuse
  • Self-harm/Cutting

Lakeland Grace Academy also provides focused and individualized academic attention for the girls in its care. LGA is an accredited, private school registered with the State of Florida and a member of the Florida Association of Christian Child Caring Agencies (FACCCA). The focus is on improved study skills and performance, which gives a competitive advantage in college. Though education is not the main purpose of a girl attending the Lakeland program, parents have peace of mind knowing that they have provided their girl with the best educational foundation for life and for future advanced education. Mentoring is ongoing all day, every day at Lakeland, with numerous opportunities for learning and growth. Individual counseling sessions encourage transparency and self-acceptance. Group counseling helps students develop problem solving skills that will last a lifetime. Personal responsibility and respect for others is taught through our Christian Character Qualities training. As each student learns these qualities they start to develop a genuine concern and respect for others. Obedience, respect for those in authority, and Christ-like compassion are the core values we instill in all students.

Individual and Group Counseling

Participation in Activities Students have opportunities to participate in activities they may never have chosen at home. New passions are discovered as students become more well-rounded through participation. Participation in sports improves self-discipline, self-confidence and self-esteem. Healthier lifestyle choices become habits that will produce lasting benefits. Many activities encourage teamwork and improve the relational skills necessary for success. Group activities prepare students to consider and respect on other`s needs.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Lakeland
    Grades: PK-12 | 183 students
    5.5 miles
    1736 New Jersey Road
    Lakeland, FL 33803
    (863) 644-1408
    5.5 PK-12
  • Riverview
    Center Academy - Riverview
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    Special Education School
    Grades: 4-12 | 104 students
    23.7 miles
    10518 Riverview Dr
    Riverview, FL 33578
    (813) 677-7777
    23.7 4-12
  • Lakeland
    Grades: K-12 | 130 students
    3 miles
    4406 S Florida Ave Ste 20
    Lakeland, FL 33813
    (863) 686-7755
    3 K-12
  • Lakeland
    Grades: PK-12 | 174 students
    2.2 miles
    4210 Lakeland Highlands Rd
    Lakeland, FL 33813
    (863) 646-5031
    2.2 PK-12
  • Bartow
    Grades: K-12 | 47 students
    8.3 miles
    1555 W Main St
    Bartow, FL 33830
    (863) 519-5747
    8.3 K-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
The reason why I highly recommend teen challenge is because it is more then a behavior modification program. Teen challenge gets to the heart of the issue which is introducing young ladies to Jesus Christ and letting Him change them from the inside out. This type of change is lasting and produces eternal life.
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Powerful program for girls who are not handling public or even private school very well. This program is designed for troubled girls -- those who are self-destructing and making bad decisions in life, or who have life controlling issues. Over 50 years of experience make this program one of the finest available in Florida, or anywhere.
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