Agape Boarding School
Agape Boarding School is a behavior modification facility located near Stockton, Missouri. <Ref>The facility on Google maps </Ref>
It was founded in 1990 by James and Kathy Clemensen, along with their son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Kirsty Clemensen.
It had been located in Othello, Washington before relocating to Stockton in 1995. According to their website they are able to detain more than 200 male teenagers. The reason for the movement is unclear, but a website described the relocation as "forced" <Ref>The Othello Radar Base: Reporting a Decade of Charitable and Humanitarian Use*, By Don Butcher, March 2002 </Ref>.
The length of the program is 12 to 18 months.
It is a program for male teenagers only, but they also have another program - Refuge of Grace Academy for girls.
Regardless of the belief of the teenager they are forced to attend church services at the Agape' Baptist Church of Stockton, which is located on the campus.
At least one of the parents has to visit the facility before sending the teenager.
Letter to / from the parents are allowed at all time. Phone privileges start after 30 days. The parent have to make the calls. Grandparents may phone the teenager after 90 days. The phone calls from the parents are every second week. The grandparents can call one time per month.
The homepage of the program names 5 visits during the stay.
- 1st. visit: On campus lasting over 3 days after 3 months.
- 2nd. visit: Off campus but must sleep at campus over 4 days after 6 months.
- 3rd. visit: Off campus but on an approved location by the facility. May last 4 fours. Must not be at the home of the teenager. It can take place after 9 months in the program.
- 4rd. visit: Off campus for 7 days, but not in the home of the teenager. It can take place after 12 months in the program.
- 5ft. visit: Off campus and may be in the home of the teenager. It can take place after 15 months in the program.
The facility does not issue a guarantee that a college will accept the diploma from the facility. <Ref>Academic Information, Program homepage </Ref>
They use the School of Tomorrow Curriculum also known as the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) workbook curriculum provided by School of Tomorrow <Ref>Accelerated Christian Education </Ref>. School of Tomorrow requries that just one person in an entire school be "certified" to use the curriculum. This certification is NOT from any state agency. It is issued by School of Tomorrow. This enables schools to use the curriculum without having any certified teachers by the State.
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