Agape Boarding School

12998 E. 1400 Rd 
Stockton, MO 65785

(417) 276-7215

Rich Kaszak or Scott Smith


Boys Only

Call admissions department for current tuition.

Dependant on student needs

With the sincere desire to help the lives of troubled children, the Agapé Boarding School (a ministry of Agapé Baptist Church), was born. It was founded in April, 1990, by James and Kathy Clemensen, along with their son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Kirsty Clemensen. The ministry first began in the Clemensen's home. It was just a year and a half after taking in their first boys, that their enrollment had grown to 14 students. Their home/school had outgrown its space. By October of 1991, the opportunity arose for the school to move to Othello, Washington, onto a decommissioned Air Force base, where the school quickly grew to 160 students.

Early in 1995, Agapé Boarding School realized they needed to search for a different, more desirable location. In May of '95, the size of the school was reduced to 30 students as their search for a new campus began. Finally, in April of 1996, the "ideal" location was found, and Agapé school was moved to Stockton, Missouri, where it opened with an enrollment of 40 students. In only one year, the school's attendance had grown to 110 students.

On the fateful morning of June 6, 1998, the Agapé school dining hall, the new chapel, and the office complex, caught fire and burned to the ground. Thankfully, no one was injured, and our student dorm was not damaged. By the grace of God, within one year of the fire, a beautiful new building was constructed, rising up from where there had once been only a pile of ashes.

Truly God has been good to us. With His help, Agape's plans are to continue to grow, with the goal of taking in over 200 students in the coming months.

Agapé Boarding School is a ministry of Agapé Baptist Church. The Pastor and Board are the final authority on all matters.

Enrolling your son in Agapé Boarding School is very likely one of the most difficult things you will ever have to do. Do you remember the hopes and dreams you had for your son when he was just a toddler? You wanted so much for him back then, just as you still do. But something has happened since those early days, that was not a part of those hopes and dreams. Somewhere along the way that young boy you care so much about began to make some unwise choices and began to exhibit attitudes that have caused your heart to drop in sorrow.

Agapé Boarding School may seem like the last hope for a change in your son's way of thinking and living. Now you have decided to pack up some of his belongings, move him out of your home, and place him in an environment that will be strange and frightening to him. This tears at your emotions and, in fact, breaks your heart. Yet, you know down deep that it must be done if you are ever to realize the dreams you once dearly held for that boy.

The staff at Agapé recognizes how closely each boy enrolled corresponds to a story very similar to yours. Every boy is a precious son that a mother and father care very much about and have taken heartbreaking measures to ensure that he gets a second chance. The parents care enough that they are willing to spend considerable sums of money and separate themselves from their boy until, in his heart, he feels the same toward his life and future as his parents do.

More than likely, your son does not like the idea of leaving home any more than you do. He's afraid of leaving the security he has always felt, and he doesn't look forward to meeting strange people in a place far from home. Nor does he want to leave behind his old friends. When he arrives at Agapé Boarding School, he will soon find that he must follow directions. He will learn to obey authority. He will have to wear different clothing than before, and have a haircut to which he most assuredly will object. Your son will be required to exercise good manners. This, along with the new environment and the different peer pressure, will soon begin to change his behavior. Within just a few weeks he will seem like a different boy. Your son will appear to be totally changed from the troubled boy he was before arriving at Agapé Boarding School.

If you were to come visit him at that time, you would be delighted and probably satisfied with the hard decision you had to make when you chose to bring him to Agapé Boarding School. And when you have the opportunity to make your first visit, you will fully understand this phenomenon. It seems to happen with each family.

Enrollment Term
The minimum enrollment term for Agapé Boarding School is 12 months. If a student enrolls after his sixteenth birthday he must stay until he earns his high school diploma.

Medical coverage is a must. As of January 1, 1995, each student application should include medical proof that the child has tested negative for both Tuberculosis and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS.) within the past 6 months.

Parents should download the application and completely fill out all pages.
Parents must fax back the completed application to (417) 276-7217 and then mail the original application to

Agape Boarding School
12998 E. 1400 Rd
Stockton, MO 65785

The application may not be emailed.
Parents can call the school at (417) 276-7215 after twenty-four hours to verify the approval. We will not call parents to notify them of the application's status.
Agapé must have the original application in hand before or at the same time the student arrives.

The education and development of your son involves some of the most difficult and challenging decisions you will face. By considering Agapé Boarding School, you are thinking of an independent school as an alternative. Your children's education represents a significant financial investment. In weighing this choice, we suggest that you consider the fact that Agapé Boarding School is a boarding school and, therefore, your investment includes the majority of your son's needs, such as tuition, housing, food, etc. A significant portion of these costs would also be incurred if he were at home for the school year. The following discussion summarizes your financial obligations connected with enrolling your son in Agapé Boarding School. It is presented here, in some detail to avoid any misunderstanding regarding payment of fees and financial responsibilities.

Agapé Boarding School is a private, non-profit organization. Thus, the school is dependent upon prompt payment of tuition and other charges. PLEASE NOTE: AGAPé BOARDING SCHOOL reserves the right to withhold and refuse to disclose the child's transcripts, grade reports, or any other form of assessment, to secure the payment of any outstanding tuition or expenses, subject to provisions for automatic stay under the United States Bankruptcy Code. Application Fee: $25.00 (See Admission procedures for further explanation.)

Agapé Boarding School Schedule of Tuition & Fees Effective October 7, 2008
Agape Boarding School strives to deliver the best possible training, both spiritually and educationally, at the most reasonable price possible. Tuition and fees are geared to cover the regular operational expenses of the program. We urge parents and others to consider that Agape Boarding School, as a ministry of Agape Baptist Church, is exempt from federal income tax under section 501 C (3A) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501 C (3A); therefore, any donated cash and/or property may be deducted from the donor's federal income tax.

TUITION: $19,200 per year. Tuition includes room/board, as well as school fees.

FEES: (All Fees Are Due Upon Arrival)

Enrollment: $1,150.00 (One-Time-By Arrival)
Uniforms: $500.00 (Annual)
Student Acct: $150.00 (Replenished as Needed)

Upon the student's arrival, a payment of two months tuition will be due upon arrival in addition to the fees as follows:

Tuition: $3,200.00
Fees: $1,800.00
Total Due on Arrival: $5,000.00*

*This amount would be paid upon arrival . Subsequent monthly tuition payments are due within 30 days of arrival and every month thereafter. Please plan for your payment to arrive no later than the due date. There is no "grace period". Late charges for chronically late payments may be assessed.

Under no circumstances will any funds be returned to parents or guardians. In other words, all funds are Non-refundable.

Agapé Boarding School is exempt from federal income tax under section 501 C (3A) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501 C (3A). Therefore, donated cash or property may be deducted from the donor's federal income tax. Please check with your accountant, but it is our understanding that tuition is NOT tax-deductible.

Transfer of Credits
When a student is enrolled at Agapé Boarding School, Agapé will contact his former school with a written request for a transcript. If we do not receive a transcript from the school, we will contact you and you will be responsible for getting an official transcript sent to us by mail. Upon receipt of the student's transcript, the transcript will be reviewed by the school administration. If the student receives a diploma from Agapé Boarding School and all of the financial responsibilities have been paid in full, the school will issue a completed transcript to any institute for further education (i.e., universities, colleges, technical or trade schools, military, etc.), upon the request from the student or the receiving institution. The first two transcripts will be issued free of charge. After the first two, there is a $10.00 charge which will need to be paid before the transcript is issued.

Application and Agreement for Admission

Download the 2008 application (pdf format)
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Pages 1-15 must be filled in and faxed to:
and the originals should be mailed to:

Agapé Boarding School
12998 E. 1400 Rd.
Stockton, MO 65785

The original application MUST be received before, or at the same time the student arrives at Agape Boarding School

Enrollment $1,350.00 (one time fee)
Uniform rental fee $500.00 (Annual fee)
Student Account $150.00 (Replenished as needed)
Total fees $2000.00
Annual tuition $24,000.00
Foreign student fee $5,000.00
Fees (from above) $2,000.00
Total due $31,000.00
Tuition must be paid in full prior to arrival at Agapé. All funds are non-refundable.

Agapé Boarding School has been approved by the Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service for training of non-immigrant students. International students should apply for admission to Agapé' Boarding School well in advance of when they plan to register as a student. The government requires that before the forms to assist the international student in entering America

Boys struggling with poor family relationships, sbstance abuse, rebellion, gang association,

AIM cirriculum used

Agapé Boarding School is a ministry with sincerely held religious convictions against government control and oversight over the academic aspects of our institution and is therefore not regional accredited. While the State of Missouri does not require Agapé Boarding School to obtain any state or regional accreditation in order to operate or grant diplomas, individual public school districts, colleges, and universities establish their own admissions policies. What this means is that, although state law does not require that a private Christian school student or graduate come from an accredited Christian school in order to be eligible for admission into a public school, college, or university, those individual schools do have the authority to impose such a requirement. While most of the schools gladly accept students from unaccredited Christian schools, some do not, requiring the student to undergo additional testing or retake core subject courses. Because we have no control over the policies adopted by public high schools, colleges and universities, we cannot make any guarantee for graduates of Agapé Boarding School with regard to admission into college or transfer of our credits back into the public school system. Parents are encouraged to personally check with their local school districts or colleges in which their children are interested to find out what their particular policies are regarding admissions and transferring credits.

Required Credits for Diploma
Honors 30 Credits (3.5 GPA)
College Preparatory 28 Credits
General 25 Credits

Interscholastic Basketball and Wrestling teams
Amateur boxing team that participates in a local charity event
Traveling singing groups
Annual Father-Son Golf tournament

outpatient services available

Agapé Boarding School is located on over 200 acres of Southwest Missouri farmland. Our main building was constructed in 1998 and includes a 400-seat church auditorium, a dining hall which feeds 250 people each meal, the current learning center, and the office area. We have since added a brand new basketball gymnasium with two separate workout areas and the four story dorm building. All of the main facilities are enclosed to keep out the cold Missouri winters!

For outdoor events Agapé has a swimming pool and a multi-use field with a baseball diamond in the southeast section. Students are able to play intramural flag football, soccer, and baseball during free time.

We will soon complete our new four-story dormitory building. Included in the new building is a shower room with 32 completely private shower stalls, bathroom facilities to accommodate 28 students at a time, and 160 individual student closet areas.

Our main dorm floor, which houses 160 students and has two stations for night watch staff, opened to our students in 2006. In addition, we have two other dorm buildings capable of housing 20 students each. Altogether Agapé has room for 200 students.

We are currently finishing our new Learning Center, which will accommodate 180 students, with room to add more desks as needed for new students. We will have a computer lab where the students can take their spelling tests and work on their foreign language classes. Plans include several offices for the Principal and School office staff, a conference room, and an infirmary.

The last floor houses the game rooms. One side has 2 "foosball" tables, 3 pool tables, and two indoor basketball goals. The study hall side has 3 tables at which students can study and a 60" plasma television for viewing special sporting events (when studying is done, of course!).

Visits for the students by parents or legal guardians are welcomed by Agapé Boarding School, provided the visit is pre-arranged with the school administration at least two weeks in advance.

Visits by anyone other than the parents or legal guardians may be a one day visit. All visits are subject to the approval by the Agapé Administration. All visits must be three months apart.

PLEASE NOTE: All visits must be done in order, no matter how long it has been between visits. Visits must be at least 4 months apart.

A 3-day (or less) visit is allowed for a student's first visit, after 4 months. This visit is an on-campus visit and the student will not be allowed to leave campus. We encourage this first visit to be a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You may call the school to find out what time these visits start.
PARENTS' SECOND VISIT -8 months-- After a student has been enrolled for 8 months he is eligible for a 4 day off-campus visit. The student must return to the campus each night and be back in time for chapel. Students are not allowed to miss chapel or church services. This visit can be reduced or disallowed according to the student's behavior.
PARENTS' THIRD VISIT - 12 months-- This is a four day, off-campus visit and is allowed after twelve months. The four days include travel time. Location of this visit may NOT be anywhere near student's home area but must be within driving range of the school campus. Agapé's Administration will approve the location of the visit. The visit can be reduced or disallowed according to the student's behavior.

On-Campus Visitation Rules
No smoking on campus property.
No alcoholic beverages, or beverages that are inappropriate in a Christian boarding school.
No profanity or language deemed inappropriate (Worldly slang).
Parents or visitors are not allowed in any building; (dorms, kitchens, etc.) without permission from the Agape administration.
Students are never to leave the campus property during an on-campus visit.
Parents or visitors should never counsel, or visit with another student other than their son, unless permission is given by Agapé administration.
Ladies and young ladies should always dress appropriately and modestly while on-campus. This means: No shorts, short skirts, low-cut blouses or halter tops. We recommend a modest dress for our visiting ladies. Remember, this is a boys boarding school.
If a visitor or parent violates any of these on-campus rules, they may be asked to leave the campus.

Off-Campus Visitation Rules
Off-campus visits are an exciting time for our students. We want them to have a good time on these visits, but we also want them to do right and act right. The rules below will help the student keep his mind and body clean while on his visit.
No theater movies; (walk-ins, drive-ins, etc.)
No Rock, Rap, Country, or inappropriate music.
No smoking.
No drinking alcohol, or inappropriate beverages.
No immoral activity with the opposite sex.
Be careful what you watch on TV.
Stay away from the wrong friends, or people who are bad influences.
Students may not go to the Battlefield Mall

Any act by a parent, guardian, or a visitor that the Agapé Administration feels is interfering with a student's progress or could cause harm to a student physically or mentally, gives the Agapé Boarding School the right to ask that person or persons to leave campus.

Parents should never talk to their sons about when he will be leaving Agapé Boarding School, or where the student will go if he is placed somewhere other than Agapé Boarding School. This should only be discussed with Agapé Administration.
Parents should never try and interfere with the policies or rules of Agapé Boarding School. These rules and policies are for their son's success and protection. If there is a question about a policy or rule, do not ask your son. The staff of Agapé Boarding School will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
If a parent or guardian fails to comply with the policies or rules of Agapé Boarding School, this may result in the expulsion of their son from the school. Should expulsion occur, parents or guardians will remove their son from the school within forty-eight hours at their expense.

Agapé Boarding School's purpose and goal is two-fold. First, we want to work with each individual. We strive to change a rebellious and out of control boy into a God honoring and parent-honoring young man; to be an honest, hard-working asset to the community in which he will live, with God's help. We also desire to help him achieve a personal walk with God.

For the young man whose relationship has been destroyed with his parents, we help to repair and rebuild that relationship. Instead of the student quitting or resorting to the "easy" solution, the staff at Agapé work with these young men in order that they may find the right answers to their problems.

Secondly, Agapé Boarding School provides a college preparatory program that will prepare him for his chosen vocation in life. Our school helps your son to achieve an academic level of skill so that he may receive the credits needed for his diploma. This program serves both the student of high academic ability through an accelerated progression to college-level courses, as well as the student of more modest abilities through a flexible curriculum that allows the time for mastery of fundamental concepts and skills.

Our sincere desire and goal is to encourage and nurture respect, self-discipline, leadership, and creativity in the young man's life, whether academic, religious, social, athletic, musical, or extracurricular

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James Clemensen - Pastor/Administrator
Mr. Clemensen, a retired California Highway Patrol officer, along with his wife, Kathy, started Agape in 1990 in Stockton, California. Having opened their home to foster children for several years, they saw the need for a longer term program for troubled teenaged boys. Agape acquired and moved into an old Air Force base in 1992, where the school grew to 150 students. In June of 1996, Agape moved to the current facilities in Stockton, Missouri. Mr. Clemensen has 18 years of ministry experience.

Frank Burton - Co-Pastor
Mr. Burton came to Agape from Boeke Road Baptist Church in Evansville, Indiana, where he has served as an assistant pastor for 10 years. He has also served as a pastor or assistant pastor in 6 other churches. He graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri with a Bachelor's degree in Theology. He has his Master's degree in Education and a Doctor of Education degree from Carolina University of Theology. Pastor Burton has 38 years of ministry experience.

Rich Kaszak - Director of Operations
Mr. Kaszak came to Agape from Lewisville, Texas, where he taught history, English, and Bible at Temple Christian Academy for five years. He also served as the pastor of a church in Orland Park, Illinois for two years. He graduated in 1993 from Hyles Anderson College with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and finished his Master's of Business Administration from Liberty University in May of 2006. Mr. Kaszak has 14 years of ministry experience.

Frank Trainer - Staff Manager
Mr. Trainer came to Agape from Cedar River Baptist Camp, in Letts, Iowa, where he had served as an administrator. He also served as a youth pastor in Harrisonville, Missouri for 12 years. He attended Gennessee Valley Baptist College for one year and has 19 years of ministry experience.

Leo Lenze - School Principal/ Dean of Students
Mr. Lenze came to Agape from Victory Baptist Church in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, where he served as pastor for 2 years. He graduated from Carolina University of Theology in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. Mr. Lenze has 13 years of ministry experience.

Jim Blake - Dean of Students
Mr. Blake came to Agape from Hot Springs Baptist Temple in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he served as an assistant pastor and evangelist for 2 years. He graduated from Calvary Baptist Bible Seminary in Eufala, Oklahoma with an Associates degree in theology in 2006. Mr. Blake has 18 years of ministry experience.

Brent Jackson - Dean of Students
Mr. Jackson came to Agape from La Junta, Mexico, where he had served as a missionary for 1 year. He attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College for two years and graduated from Open Door Baptist Church Institute in 1999 with a degree in Bible. Mr. Jackson has 9 years of ministry experience.

David Bobbitt - School supervisor

Tim Cleveland - Maintenance staff

Scott Dumar - Medical coordinator

Larry Engeman - Maintenance staff

Charles Faulkner-School supervisor

Robert Graves - Night supervisor

Ronald Lobsien - Maintenance staff

Andrew Lopez - Maintenance staff

Kevin Nangin - School supervisor

Julian Outar-School supervisor

Scott Smith - School supervisor

Vernon Sorensen - School supervisor

Jon Wilkie - School supervisor

Parents are responsible for all medical, dental and optometry expenses.

Physical exam should be conducted annually. Any former injury or illness prior to enrollment that has required the services of a specialist must be entered on the student's application and medical health record. Students under the care of an Orthodontist at the time of enrollment may have their treatment transferred to an Orthodontist in Springfield, Missouri. Agapé will transport the student to his appointments. There will be a charge for this transportation. A list of care facilities can be found below.

Medical Resources Clinic
Stockton Family Care Center
810 South St.
Stockton, MO 65785
(417) 276-5131

Citizens Memorial Hospital
1500 N. Oakland
Bolivar, MO 65613
(417) 326-6000

Zumwalt's Pharmacy
19 Public Square
Stockton, MO 65785
(417) 276-3128

Dr. Michael Housh
605 E. Hospital Rd. Suite 1
El Dorado Springs, MO 64744
(417) 876-8321

Dr. Jerry Cash
1722 S. Glenstone SW DD
Springfield, MO 65804
(417) 881-7512

Dr. Erica Burton
101 C E. Hwy 32
Stockton, MO 65785
(417) 276-7070

Eyes: If your child wears glasses, please send an extra pair or the prescription for them. This may save vital class time.

Prescription Drugs: Agapé Boarding School does not admit students who are consuming behavior modification drugs.

Agapé Boarding School charges parents the following for transportation:
Stockton: No Charge
Bolivar: $25.00
El Dorado Springs: $25.00
Kansas City: $200
Springfield: $100

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