Freedom Academy is an affordable option for troubled young people to start over and have a second chance at life. Since 1981, Freedom Academy has offered troubled teens a second chance in life through its affordable residential program. Whether or not your child is ready to get help, we work with boys and girls who have been in trouble at home, school or in their community. Boys and girls who were struggling and defiant are turned around and given academic, spiritual and personal instruction and mentoring to help them become confident, kind and trustworthy young adults.
Freedom Academy is a co-educational Christian boarding school for at-risk teenagers. Overlooking Seneca Lake in rural upstate New York, Freedom Academy’s caring, structured program has been helping teenagers make a fresh start in life for over 35 years.
Students at Freedom Academy are surrounded by a caring staff and given incentive for change through a level system that offers increasing rewards and responsibilities as they make progress in the program. It is our goal that every young person that comes to Freedom Academy leaves knowing Jesus Christ personally and possessing the tools to rebuild family relationships and build a healthy future.
The school seeks to help each young person find and reach their God-given potential…
Spiritually, they help the young people find peace and forgiveness through a personal relationship with the Lord.
Physically, they help the young people get free of damaging addictions and learn the value of a positive work ethic.
Emotionally, they help the young people recover from the hurt of a traumatic past and learn to trust again.
Mentally, they help the young people learn to value education and pursue God’s plan for their lives.
Parents can be sure of a strong commitment to the Word of God as the foundation of the program. They can trust that their child is in a safe place and surrounded by team that will be personally involved in their life.
Many of our students choose to participate in our horse program. Students have the opportunity to work with over 50 horses, including uncommon breeds like Clydesdales and Fresians. The young people will be trusted to care for the horses on a daily basis, as well as learn how to ride and work with them.
The students involved with the horse program have many unique opportunities. The horses are the centerpiece of our parade outreach which sends a team of students to participate in several parades in the area. Horseback riding lessons, trail rides, “Cowboy cookouts” and overnight campouts are all a part of the fun of being involved in the horse program.
Many students have found a place to belong in the horse program, some taking the knowledge that they gained at Freedom Academy to go on to work with horses after they left.
Our Three Promises to Parents
- Your child will be valued and respected by our staff, treated with the same care and understanding that we would want our own children treated with.
- Your child’s spiritual well being is our top priority. Your child will constantly be confronted with clear teaching and preaching from the Bible.
- We will make it a priority to give your child the character, education and work ethic that will help them to become productive members of your family and lay the groundwork for future success.
Our students are taught responsibility; they will learn teamwork through sports and work; and they will gain character. And through it all, they will enjoy themselves and get to be kids – singing, playing sports, going to summer camp, etc. – without the burdens of their past troubles.
Freedom Academy is a place of non-stop activity
Young people in our care participate in a myriad of activities that go on at Freedom Academy. Along the way, they are taught responsibility through chores and service projects; they learn teamwork through sports and work; and they gain character through the application of Biblical principles in everything they do.
Through it all, they will enjoy themselves and get to be kids – singing, playing sports, going to summer camp, etc – without the burdens of their past troubles.
A Typical Day at Freedom Academy
Our schedule makes time each day for spiritual growth (personal devotions, chapel), academic study and chores. Each day also includes free time and recreational time for students to enjoy themselves and have a break.
Weekdays, students wake up at 6:00 AM, prepare for the day, go to breakfast then chapel. After chapel, students attend school until around 3 with a break for lunch. After school, they attend to chores until dinner. After dinner, there will be time for sports/recreation and, depending on the day, either a personal development class or a group activity of some sort.
Students attend school for roughly six hours each day. They have at least an hour of recreation time in the evenings. There are two or three group times a week where personal development/character issues are discussed.
Students are required to keep their rooms clean and make their beds each morning. Their rooms are inspected at breakfast time each morning.
During free time, students typically have the option of going to the recreation room (to play games or get a snack), watching TV in the dormitory (evenings only), or playing sports on the quad or basketball court.
Food is served in the cafeteria at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outside this, students regularly receive snacks in coordination with activities.