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Highlands Girls Academy

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Highlands Girls Academy


Highlands Girls Academy is a year-round Christian boarding school for girls ages 13-17. It is an affordable program for girls with life-controlling issues that features a first-class education with spiritual support and emotional counseling designed to repair behavioral issues brought on by trauma, adoption, family discord, peer pressure, or substance abuse.

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Highlands Girls Academy is a year-round Christian boarding school for girls ages 13-17. It is an affordable program for girls with life-controlling issues that features a first-class education with spiritual support and emotional counseling designed to repair behavioral issues brought on by trauma, adoption, family discord, peer pressure, or substance abuse.

Highlands Girls Academy is a program for troubled girls. It is designed to help students identify problem behaviors and build inner strength to overcome challenges. Effective communication skills are developed and positive coping strategies learned. Highlands Girls Academy uses a multi-therapeutic model.  Discipleship curriculum and ongoing pastoral counseling relative to the curriculum content are utilized to assist the students in discovering their incorrect assumptions and replacing them with new concepts of understanding.

The program is intentionally designed to allow the girls to progress through a level system to help prepare them for a healthy reintroduction into their family.  This system includes such practices as positive peer pressure, reward and discipline consequences for actions, increased responsibilities as their progress warrants, and ongoing daily staff interaction.
Specific treatment models include:


Group Therapy
– This consists of a multiple small group sessions weekly, led by our counselors and staff. These groups include substance abuse, problem solving, positive peer culture, emotional management, safe dates, and specialty groups designed for specific treatment needs. All group processes foster emotional growth in a safe and confidential setting.

Individual Therapy – is provided to each student with a minimum of one session every other week. Sessions help students gain insights into their individual behaviors and establishes a trusting relationship with their counselor. In this setting, students process issues too sensitive for them to share with a group.

Substance Abuse and Addiction Therapy – is specifically designed to address the intra-personal and family issues that fuel adolescent addiction. Recovery is facilitated through a biblically based approach to freedom from all types of life controlling issues.

Family Therapy – is provided via weekly teleconference. Parents contribute to treatment as an integral part of the program. Highlands Girl Academy encourages families to visit during planned family weekends. Family and students meet with their primary counselor for therapy. Parents and children also participate in parent support groups,  parent-teacher conferences, workshops, and graduation ceremonies.

Equine (Horse) Therapy – In partnership with Returning Glory we offer to each girl horse therapy. During activities with horses, youth will learn alternative ways of responding to difficult situation rather that reacting. They begin to find hope for their challenging life issues as they ‘experience’ relational changes with their horse and begin to explore their God-created uniqueness and destiny.  Horses are powerful and effective in helping people, whether child, youth, or adult. They have much to teach us about our patterns of behavior, communication and relationships. Horses are excellent “teachers”, coupled with trained facilitators certified in personal and social development, interaction with horses can often provide invaluable assistance in addressing challenging life issues in a fun, action-oriented, non-threatening learning environment.
Listed below are some of the activities that your child will do while they are at Highlands.

  • Physical Education

    5 days a week your child will participate in Physical Education. This will include going The Roc Fitness & Recreation 2 days a week, water aerobics (in season), aerobics classes, jogging, and various recreational sports (volleyball, softball, basketball, and soccer).

  • Outdoor Adventure Leadership Training

    This is a 5-10 day wilderness adventure trip where your child are placed in to leadership roles within the group, exercising biblical leadership principles and team building skills to navigate through a vast expanse of wild terrain. This will help develop them as leaders using outdoor adventure.

  • Church Services

    On a weekly basis your child will go to church with the other Girls in the program and Staff. We go to church at Evangel Church in Kansas City, Mo. It is located about 10 minutes from the Highlands center.

  • Chapel Services

    3 days a week they will participate in Chapel Services. During these chapel services, your child will be engaged in worship and hearing a message from a member of the staff or a special guest speaker.

  • Fine Arts

    Your child will participate in Fine Arts activities such as choir, drama, and art classes.

  • In-door Activities

    Our center has an extensive library that your child will be able to chose from for reading, board games, Nintendo Wii, foosball, ping pong, watch approved movies, work on level advancement material, and work on school work.

  • Off-site Trips

    These trips vary from year to year. Here are some of the trips that we have taken in the recent past. Trips to the Kansas City Zoo, Design for Life Conference in Springfield, MO, Fine Arts Festival in Wichita, KS, the Kansas City Museum, Statewide Youth Convention in Wichita, KS, Kansas City Royals games, and travel to area churches for ministry opportunities.

  • Seasonal Swimming

    We have a swimming pool located on our property that during the summer your child will have weekly time to swim.

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Highlands Girls Academy - Kansas City, MO

HIghlands Girls Academy is a therapeutic boarding school designed for underperforming, misbehaving or at-risk teenage girls