Our Boarding School Philosophy
Boise Girls Academy offers a safe and encouraging living environment designed to bring about a change in a teenager’s thinking and actions. Our philosophy entails a relational counseling approach.
Changing Motivations from Within through a Relationship with Jesus Christ
Each student is involved in purposeful activities and receives support through individual and group counseling and 24/7 mentoring. Our staff understands that the significance we all seek can be found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who desires to fill those empty places of our hearts and give us meaning, direction, and purpose.
We believe that every interaction with teenagers in our care is a mentoring opportunity that can help them change their behaviors and motivations from the inside out. Our program seeks to identify why inappropriate behaviors are occurring. Through discipleship curriculum and ongoing licensed counseling, students are able to discover their incorrect assumptions and replace them with a relationship with God.
A Focus on Healing and Healthy Behavior
Each student is specially assigned to an on-site Counselor. The counselor is the point of contact for the family, available to answer questions and give updates on the student’s progress. The counselors also guide weekly group counseling sessions, during which girls wrestle with issues that are common to many of them. Within this safe environment of acceptance and respect, students learn to express their thoughts, ideas, and questions in a constructive manner.
Each school day begins with an hour of study in our Bible-based curriculum. These lessons work alongside our relational counseling and are specifically assigned based on the individual needs of the student. The curriculum encourages introspective thinking and helps girls identify and examine areas in their own lives that need change. Girls learn that change comes from a relationship with God and an understanding of His word and His character.
We also hold evening group time each day. Our staff facilitates this special time of sharing, This special time of sharing is staff directed and is designed to foster unity and relational growth among girls in the dorm. Commonly discussed topics may include: Positive Peer Influence, Accountability, Personal Responsibility, Peer Reconciliation, and Conflict Resolution.
An Environment for Change
We believe that honesty, personal responsibility, accountability, and a relationship with God bring change into the lives of our students. There is a clear explanation of what is expected from each student. As well, we have zero tolerance for certain behaviors and actions.
We cultivate a positive peer culture where students are encouraged to be responsible for their own actions and to hold others accountable for their actions. This positive peer element is a crucial part of our dynamic. Students influence other students positively as opposed to the negative peer pressure that so many of our students faced before coming to Boise Girls Academy.
Working for Transformation in the Life of Each Student
The following are some of the signs that mark the transformation that we desire to see in our students’ lives:
- Reconciliation with God
- Reconciliation with family
- Acknowledges past wrongs and accepts responsibility and seeks forgiveness
- True confidence in the unique individual God has created
- Academic improvement
- Excels in gifts and talents once again
- Becomes a positive influence on others
- Speaks the truth and makes the truth known
- Submission to authority
- Begins to have vision for the future
- A joyful and peaceful disposition
Please contact us at (208) 375-4636 for further information.