Frequently Asked Questions

What is Goodland Academy?

Goodland is a year-round, individualized, and self-paced Christian boarding school that specializes in tailoring the educational experience to each student's style of learning. Goodland's comprehensive, holistic educational program extends beyond the classroom as students learn life and social skills in a dorm managed by houseparents. Goodland's mission is to make exemplary people as each student strives to take ownership in the learning process. Our goal is to graduate students who are fully prepared for college, careers, and all of life's challenges.

What is the typical type of student that applies?

Goodland Academy has a very diverse student population, which consists of all types of races, ethnicity, socioeconomic statuses, family situations, and learning challenges. The typical type of student who applies at Goodland is one who may struggle in a traditional learning environment and would benefit from the individualized attention and structure that Goodland can provide.

Is there a type of student you don't accept?

While Goodland Academy does strive to help at-risk boys who may struggle with milder forms of learning and behavioral disabilities, Goodland is not equipped to help students who need more intensive therapeutic programs. The following traits are disqualifiers for enrollment:

Older than 13

Involved with drugs, alcohol, or tobacco/vaping

Sexual Acting Out

Criminal Activity

Severe forms of Behavioral Issues (eg: RAD)

Severe forms of Learning Disabilities (eg: low-functioning Autism)

Sibling/Animal Abuse

Extremely Violent Behavior/Use of Weapons



Wasn't Goodland an orphanage/children's home?

We have had a long history of serving children for over 170 years. Throughout the years, Goodland has focused on serving multiple needs in society; including orphans, delinquents, and troubled youth. We have always been on the forefront of serving the needs of children. Education has always been at the heart of what we do. In recent years, the Goodland board of trustees has transformed Goodland back into its original purpose of being a school. Currently, we focus on at-risk and vulnerable males ages 8-13. We continue to monitor the trends in society around us and we remain on the forefront of helping children in need. In recent years, we have seen more boys struggling in school and at home. It is our desire to reach boys, regardless of socioeconomic status, who struggle with adequate resources and who often turn to negative peer influence.

Where is Goodland Academy located?

Goodland is located in rural southeastern Oklahoma about 4 miles north of the Red River. It is 25 miles north of Paris, Texas and 48 miles east of Durant, Oklahoma. Our physical address is 1216 North 4200 Road, Hugo, OK 74743. Click here for a snapshot of Goodland on the map.

Is Goodland for boys or girls?

Currently, Goodland only serves boys 8-13 (who stay until graduation). The Board of Trustees does review the educational portion from time-to-time to assess the need for co-ed programs in the community; however, as for now, we only enroll boys.

How many attend Goodland Academy?

Goodland seeks to keep a low student/staff ratio in order to provide individualized attention. Our campus can currently house 24 students; however, we typically run about 20 students (including our after-care college program).

How much does it cost to attend?

Goodland charges moderate tuition and residential fees. Our tuition is based on a sliding scale that centers around the parent's or guardian's income. Goodland has always been committed to helping those families in need. Financial aid is determined on an individual basis and families are never turned away for their inability to pay. Please contact the Dean of Students or check out our links on financial aid.

How is Goodland Academy funded?

Goodland is mostly supported by private donations from individuals, churches, businesses, corporations, foundations, and scholarship funds. We receive a small portion of Federal and State funding through the USDA School Lunch Program. For more info on how to support Goodland, click here!

Who governs Goodland Academy?

Goodland is governed by a self-appointing board of trustees from various states and backgrounds. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Is Goodland Academy a religious school?

Our spiritual life program is a key part of the foundation of our school. Our history is founded on the efforts of Christian missionaries to minister to vulnerable populations. Our supporters, board, and volunteers come from a diverse Christian background, including: Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, and non-denominational. Our staff comprises of a blend of Christian faiths as well. Students enrolling in Goodland Academy understand that the Christian faith will be a daily part of their education. Goodland maintains a mutual, covenant relationship with the PCUSA (Presbyterian Church USA).

Is the campus open to the public?

Certainly! Although, typically, we do request that you contact us ahead of time so that we can schedule your visit. Goodland sits on a beautiful, rural 390-acre campus that is teeming with wildlife, forests, and beautiful historical buildings. We love giving tours of the rich history of Goodland Academy. We ask that any visitors contact ahead of time and check in at the administrative office.

Can my church bring a workgroup?

Goodland Academy wouldn't be the school that it is today without the tireless efforts of thousands of volunteers. We love to have workgroups of various skills and sizes come to visit. Reach out to our Development Department for more information!

My relative attended in the 1900s, do you have any information on their enrollment?

Goodland maintains a limited archive of photos, stories, and student enrollment records. Reach out to our Development Department for more information.