Anchor Academy

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Anchor Academy is a behavior modification facility located north of Vanduser, Missouri [1]

They were previous located in Montana [2]

It is a all-boys facility with a self proclaimed Christian approach to the process of reprogramming the detained boys.

They were founded in 1999. At that time they were located in Lewistown[3], Texas but properly was like many so-called Christian homes at time targeted by increased regulation [4]. Reports of health regulation violations are mentioned in newspaper articles from around 2001. Also problems with the state Commerce Department and the bankruptcy court are mentioned [4].

The target group is boy aged between 13 and 17 [5].


The length of the program is minimum 12 months but in average about 1 year and 3 months [5]

Daily schedule

During the school year days starts at 5:30 a.m. with classes running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The summer months are described as "more relaxed". The typical day begins at 6:30 a.m. with personal hygiene, Bible reading and breakfast. After breakfast, the boys are assigned work details on the site that will eventually help meet the needs of the school and bring the facility up to code. Lunch is a 12:30 p.m. and the boys continue with their chores until dinner at 5:30 p.m. After the evening meal, the students attend chapel and take their showers before having some free time before bed [5].


The facility uses the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) workbook curriculum provided by School of Tomorrow [6]. 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.


This facility is investigated for the use of corporal punishment

On thier article webpage they have an article named: How to raise a rebel. They state:

1. Don’t discipline him properly according to scriptural principles. Just believe the lie that spanking is old fashioned. He that spareth his rod hateth his son Proverbs 13:24

It could seem as they do use corporal punishment at the facility when they recommend it in general.

In the news

A boy from California had to be removed by the police after he had made threats against the staff [5]

2004 a staff member was charged with assault [7]

The local newspaper wrote an article about the facility in a very encouraging tone with the motive of supporting the creation of jobs in the remote part of the state [8].

On august 16 - 2007 they announced that they will move the facility to Vanduser in Missouri [9]. As of July 2008 the old website was closed down. The reason for moving is not stated, but Montana are working on new law regulating such facilities.

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  1. The new facility in Missouri
  2. The facility on Google Maps
  3. Academy for Boys relocating to Havre, by Ron VandenBoom, Havre Daily News, June 6, 2001
  4. 4,0 4,1 Good intentions gone wrong, by Tom Laceky, Helena Independent Record, March 15, 2001
  5. 5,0 5,1 5,2 5,3 Turning an air base into a home for boys, by Ron VandenBoom, Havre Daily News, June 15, 2001
  6. Accelerated Christian Education
  7. Anchor Academy instructor is charged, by Patrick Winderl, Havre Daily News, July 8, 2004
    Assault allegation shocks academy, By Patrick Winderl, Havre Daily News, July 9, 2004
  8. Anchor academy is in a growth mode, by Patrick Winderl, Havre Daily News, January 11, 2003
  9. Anchor Academy Moving to Vanduser, KFVS12 Heartland News, august 16 - 2007