Transforming Troubled Teenage Girls…Helping Them Prepare for a Brighter Future

Welcome to New Lifehouse Academy, a private religious boarding school independently run by Teen Challenge Oklahoma! New Lifehouse has one of the strongest sports and recreation programs for struggling girls in the nation. We are an affordable residential academy designed for troubled or misbehaving girls, ages 14-17 nestled at the foothills of the Ozarks near Grand Lake on a 40-acre picturesque and peaceful property, with access nearby to over 900 acres of property with a large creek, wooded hills, and trails. Our goal is to provide teenage girls and their families with a well-structured program and the special tools and resources to help them begin to thrive academically, relationally, and spiritually. We help once troubled girls begin living fulfilling lives, equipping them to become happy, confident, self-reliant, and successful adults. Our program is an excellent opportunity to make an impact on your teen daughter for a lifetime.

If your teen girl is struggling with rebellion, anger, misbehavior, or a lack of personal responsibility, call us at 405-500-3705 to speak to our admissions staff. To request more information about our religious boarding school for girls, click here for our online form.

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Warning Signs to
Look for in Your Teen Girl

  • Major changes in her mood or she is easily angered when she wasn’t in the past.

  • Negative changes in family relationships (everyone is walking around on pins and needles).

  • Grades declining, skipping school (when she previously liked school).

  • New friends that are not the best influence and abandoning the better influences.

  • Trouble with the law or expulsion from school.

  • Disrespectful to authority.

  • Loss of direction in life or extreme risk-taking.

  • No longer enjoys the wholesome things like sports, hobbies.

  • Spends a great deal of time alone, and when home, isolates herself.

  • Participation in theft or illegal activities.

  • No longer caring what her parents think, or that she will be punished.

As a parent, you should realize how important it is to identify these warning signs as soon as possible.


As you begin to see signs that your daughter has gotten off track and is in a downward spiral, a plan can be developed to intervene. Sometimes this begins with counseling, but it may lead to placement at a center like New Lifehouse for a time. Without identifying the warning signs early, the later choice is usually what becomes necessary. For several reasons, you might be at that point now, and we are here to help identify what direction you might have to take to get your daughter the help she needs to overcome her life controlling issues.

Typical Boarding School Questions

The program works on a level system. Each level consists of a particular length of time, and each level has different requirements the student will need to fulfill before eligibility to advance to the next level.

Upon entry into the program, each student is assigned an advisor to provide individual one-on-one guidance and mentoring determined by that student’s particular needs. The proven cure for life-controlling problems is based on the embracing of Biblical principles to spiritually improve the quality of her character. Students also meet with the Life Skills Counselor to work through the student’s individual issues through personal learning contracts throughout the duration of the program, as well as in group sessions during the week. The Program Manager oversees each student’s overall needs and works with family, student, and staff to see that restoration is brought to both the student and family.

After 4 weeks in the program, the student will be allowed two ten-minute phone calls, and one twenty- minute phone call each week (days for calls are assigned upon admission into the program). A student will only be allowed to receive from persons on her phone and mail authorization list based on her current level privileges. Phone/mail usage is a privilege and will be monitored by Staff. Students are allowed mail upon entry into the program according to level privileges and authorization list.

Students are allowed a monthly pass. The time of that pass is dependent upon the student’s current level in the program.

Each student is assigned an advisor upon entering the program. All inquiries relating to the student will be handled by her advisor. If you have an immediate question concerning your student, feel free to contact our main office during normal business hours.

Absolutely! And she can get caught up and retake some courses to get a better grade.  The students who daily and year-round attend our privately accredited school, Cross Christian Academy, also participate in both personal and group Studies for a New Life. The thoughtful curriculum helps to establish a foundation of biblical knowledge leading to spiritual growth. The faith- structured classes also develop the a major goal of the program: a life-changing, continually growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Why Choose New Lifehouse Academy for Your Girl?

We’re a Private Religious Boarding School
Just for Struggling Teen Girls
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Family Restoration

We consider Family Restoration one of the great strengths and distinguishing features of the program. 

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Spiritual Formation

We encourage students in their spiritual lives, and support them in living out their faith through service to others.

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Quality Academics

Our private on-campus school runs year-round  for grades 7-12, with small class sizes and teacher oversight.

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Quality Athletics and Recreation

In addition to everyday recreational activities, every student has the opportunity to participate in varsity athletics. 

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Animal Therapy

We feature a unique animal therapy program that allows the  girls to work with unique and exotic animals as well as horses.

What Leaders Say About Our Program

  • John Ashcroft
    Former Attorney General
    John Ashcroft

    “I have been a long time support of the work Teen Challenge has accomplished and the help they have provided over the years.”

  • Ronald Reagan
    Former President
    Ronald Reagan

    “Teen Challenge is effective; it is literally changing the lives of young Americans from every walk of life. The work and dedication of Teen Challenge deserves the commendation of every citizen.”

  • James Dobson
    Founder Focus on the Family
    Dr. James C. Dobson

    “Organizations like Teen Challenge…have a far better record of dealing with social issues and people in difficulty than do the bureaucrats.”

  • George Bush
    Former President
    George W. Bush

    “Teen Challenge is one of the most successful programs in our country.”

Student Rights

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New Lifehouse Academy | Christian Boarding School for Teen Girls

New Lifehouse Academy is an affordable Christian therapeutic boarding school in Oklahoma, helping struggling teen girls, ages 14-17.