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Agape Boarding School

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 12998 E 1400 Rd, Stockton, MO 65785US

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5on Google, Jul 08, 2017
Great people. Truly cares about the kids and their future. Highly recommend. more »
5on BirdEye, Jun 24, 2017
I came in to contact with Agape Boarding School in 2010 while attending their July 4th festivities. Since that time I have been to Agape on numerous occasions. Where I have also been met by a staff member who works to care for my needs. I have had the privilege to work alongside the men as they have worked with the student body. I have witnessed firsthand their love for the students as well as their desire to help them become the young men that God created them to be. I high recommend Agape Boarding School. Brother Clemensen and the staff have a heart for the LORD and the work that God has given them. It is a first class facility, a first class program, run in a first class way. more »
5on BirdEye, Jun 07, 2017
we sent our son to Agape in January of his freshman year. He was out of control and ungovernable. The staff at Agape are amazing. The school exceeded our expectations and turned our son around. He just graduated in may 2017. We highly recommend Agape. more »
5on Google, Jun 06, 2017
As a single parent, one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make was to send my son to a boarding school. Although he was not into drugs or gangs, he was having severe problems with his temperament and going to school. Agape taught him self discipline and a willingness to take on responsibilities. Now, he is working toward graduation and his future is looking bright. The staff have become like a second family to my son. more »
4on Google, Jun 05, 2017
We felt despaired when we sent our son to this school.It is true that my son changes soon and becomes a sunny,active,nice boy.He loves Jesus and wants to study now. more »
3on Google, May 26, 2017
It is for boys who had problems with other schools. Yes, it has its faults (like any place) and it's not for everyone, but they have helped a lot of people over the years -- people who might not have made it elsewhere. more »
5on Google, Apr 07, 2017
Agapè was a life saver for my family. They have mentored and helped me get on the right track, when I came on June 17th, 2016 I really had no plans for a future rather than to just do drugs and flake out of school, I had just recently left and now I'm on the right track to graduate this year, no drug interest and the staff there really cared and helped me some of them are close enough to be family. Thanks agape for the help! more »
4on Google, Mar 25, 2017
I went here. Good school for kids who have crappy parents. Did I love it here? No, but it saved me from a crappy life back at home. Former students who gave bad reviews came from rich families who spoiled them.
You don't have to believe in God when you're there. They don't physically force you, but you are required to attend church and read the Bible. I believe it's good to experience and explore religion even if you eventually decide to not believe in it later on.
My only complaint is the education curriculum was dead easy. I literally finished 4 years of high school work in the year and a half I was there. The education there did not prepare me well for science or engineering degrees.
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5on BirdEye, Mar 04, 2017
As active members of Agape Baptist Church, we have regularly observed Agape Boarding School students in church services, church activities, and Agape Baptist College classes. It has been a blessing to see Agape staff's love and dedication to these young men. Agape's Christ-centered programs provide the structure, Bible teaching, and quality education desperately needed by these students. In addition, church members love and support these young men, in many ways. We highly recommend Agape Boarding School!

David & Dot Soldavini
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1on Google, Jan 10, 2017
5on Google, Jan 05, 2017
It's been over 10 years since my last visit to the Agape Boarding School. It was great ten years ago, and it's greater today than it was then. Thankful for the Clemenson's and the staff's labor of love with these young men!!'

Missionary to Asia, Johnny Esposito
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5on BirdEye, Dec 31, 2016
I have known the Clemensons for over 30 years when they first started the ministry to help young people. They have always demonstrated a genuine care and desire to help young people. That desire was then and now to provide the the best program and facilities to fulfill that desire. My recent visit to the facilities in Missouri was to say the least an incredible place where their God given vision 30 years ago has reached even more than they could have thought. I would highly recommend their work and ministry without any reservation or hesitation. more »
5on Google, Dec 24, 2016
I have been associated with Agape boarding school now for 24 years. They have a wonderful facility and a very helpful staff. If you have a young person that needs help, I wholeheartedly recommend Agape boarding school.
DD Murphy, Evangelist
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5on BirdEye, Nov 05, 2016
Had a great time at Agape. I recommend them without reservation. Most Sincerely, J.D. Weido more »
5on Google, Oct 22, 2016
God is in this place. The staff is well trained, they want to help these young boys.
I am an evangelist I have preach at Agape for the last 8_10 years. The desire of all the people here want to
help these boys to get their life turn around and get saved and that God will use them. more »
5on Google, Oct 14, 2016
I am a IT consultant and manage the IT here at Agape and spend a lot of time when I am onsite walking around the main office and the campus, working with many of the staff members and seeing the boys moving to and from classrooms.
The staff members are all very nice people, and I can see that they are happy with the work they do. Some of the staff members are even formally students, to me that says something. Years ago I had a rep for one of my major suppliers tell me after he found out I was in Stockton, that he attended Agape, and he had nothing but nice things to say about his stay there as a boy.
The boys that are sent here appear to be happy and engaged in their studies. I know they feed them well because I walk through the cafeteria and smell the next meal and have even shared several meals with them. The kitchen is in plain view of everyone in the cafeteria and have had to walk through the kitchen and food storage areas to access IT equipment. These areas are clean and well kept.
As a member of the Stockton community I also get to see the good they do for the community. They bring out boys to help people in need get some much needed yard work done or move. This is good for the boys in turn as they get to serve others.
Annually they put on a fantastic 4th of July celebration that my family looks forward too every year.
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3on Google, Sep 07, 2016
I have nothing but good things to say about this place the experience teaching me to work and be responsible, and the Lord, the men there are amazing, but how some of them are treated is ridiculous just watching it i realize how most the kids thought it was OK to challenge authority. the school was great and so were the teachers, but i always struggled in school so i was told i wasn't tying and was punished with more school and eventually broke and didn't do school at all, i was a great worker in and outside when i wasn't school work that is all i could do, when i turned 18 in 2014 i got so sick of being told i wasn't trying and i wasn't allowed to work i did the childish thing without out proper support a decision i regret after four years of Agape i left, i do thanks you all for the Lord and teaching me to be respectful young man i hope that in the future you will give some kids the more help because some of them like me need it so they do not just make the decision to leave and know they have support love this place, Love the Lord always. more »
5on Google, Sep 06, 2016
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5on Google, Sep 06, 2016
My son graduated from Agape in the Spring of 2016. He owns his troubles and is doing well at College. He is even volunteering some. I have gone from having the primary feeling around this young man being fear to it being pride. more »
4on Google, Aug 05, 2016
God used this season to change my family ! more »
5on Google, Jun 17, 2016
I've waited about a year to leave a review on this school to give myself time to reflect back and see how my life has changed.
As much as it pains me to give this school 5 stars, I can'
;t help but do it. As much as I had said I hated it and talked down on it, I can't deny the fact that I ACTUALLY got the help I needed here. Although it may not have been the most professional help or the most effective, it definitely still helped.
First off, the education system is beneficial for self-motivated students (like me, who finished 3 years of high school in 9 months). I was never a bad student, but I do believe I learned more at Agape than I would've in public high school.... not because I was lazy or unmotivated, but because of the DISTRACTIONS. Drugs, alcohol, and girls had taken over my life by the time I was about 15. These MAJOR distractions greatly impacted my life in unthinkable ways... my parents kicked me out, I started getting worse grades (C's and D's), and I began cutting class and often times not even coming home (or to school) for days on end. Thankfully my dad was smart enough to nip this in the bud and send me away.
How grateful I am now.
Agape taught me how to take responsibility for my actions. Agape taught me how to be a YOUNG MAN instead of a boy. Agape taught me key scripture verses that still help me in my times of trouble. Agape has taught me so much, and I am ever so thankful for that. Even though the school is (in my opinion) run like a prison, where daily schedules are followed to a T, and punishment is handed out like candy, I have to acknowledge that those of us foolish enough to get sent there DESERVE that treatment. Although it was prison-like in many aspects, the staff (with exception of a few) where quite the opposite. While at Agape, I found myself developing meaningful relationships with my superiors. I looked up to some of them like my father. I can GUARANTEE that these godly people aren't here to hurt you, only heal you. Bro. Rarrick, Bro. Aabye, and Bro. Jackson... I can't help but thank you for being there for me in my time of need and helping me with an outstretched hand. You have made a lasting impression in my life, and really helped me change for the better. Same goes for the rest of the staff who put their time and effort into helping young kids re-discover who they are.
I cannot say I am completely changed from Agape. I've still done some of the old things I used to, but I now know self-control. I received my Honors Diploma 2 years early and already have a year of college under my belt and I haven't even turned 18 yet. I have a summer job now, and re-built nearly all the relationships which were broken when I left. My life is now on track and I am GENUINELY happy. Thank you for helping me, may God bless all of those at Agape ten-fold for their life-changing ministry.
- Michael Calabrese, Class of 2015
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2on Google, May 21, 2016
Why does such a rich school feel they need donations from the towns people this school is rich as all get out. Don't donate to a place that has more than enough money and then some. Donate to a place that would really appreciate it. more »
4on Google, May 12, 2016
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5on Google, Apr 29, 2016
I thank God daily for Agape. My grandson would not be alive today if it wasn't for them. The first time I visited, I could not believe how well behaved the boys were. The untuly, belligerent boy we left in their care is now a well mannered young man. Thank you to all the Agape staff. more »
1on Google, Apr 25, 2016
I believe that this school is a place in which incompetent parents dump their children. You force a unrealistic god down the throats of young men, as well as, ruin what are considerably the best years of theirs lives. at the high school ...MoreI believe that this school is a place in which incompetent parents dump their children. You force a unrealistic god down the throats of young men, as well as, ruin what are considerably the best years of theirs lives. at the high school ages, 14-19 years old, young men are supposed to develop life lessons. We learn are mistakes and our respects. However, sending your child too a concentration camp of Christ and forcing these teachings through a pastor, who will probably make a pretty little catamite of your child is not the way to deal with them. Whole heartedly, I hope those that send there child away from their embrace, to a place that forces teachings that you are too incompetent to deliver.... Well, too those mighty few who believe their life is superior to that of a child, the future of the nation (that your generation so wonderfully ruined). This is what brings me too the conclusion that god is dead. more »
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12998 E 1400 Rd, Stockton, MO 65785
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Agapé Boarding School offers a wide variety of opportunities for troubled boys. We help boys get back on the right track toward a bright future. We provide accredited academics, counseling, mentoring, sports, and many of the activities that boys enjoy. We are one of the lowest cost boarding schools for troubled teens in America. Agapé offers the same (if not better) quality and outcomes as the more costly therapeutic boarding schools. In fact, we are about 1/3rd the cost.

Th sprawling ranch campus of Agape Boarding School, located in Missouri, is an amazing place with multiple sports facilities, a huge game room, pool, dozens of horses (including equine therapy), a vast array of exotic and farm animals, a rodeo facility, and so much more. The approach here is very disciplined and structured, but loving, relational and caring. Our belief is that a truly changed heart ultimately comes from a personal relationship with God.
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