The Minnesota Girls Academy is designed to serve females aged 13 to 17 (high school age) at the time of admission who have been experiencing social, emotional, behavioral, family and/or academic struggles. Residents must have a minimum full scale IQ of 85 or higher on an approved standardized test. Residents must agree to attend MGA as admission is voluntary.
Residents may have shown a pattern of poor peer interactions, an inability to form age appropriate social relationships, or an impairment in the ability to establish healthy attachments. They may form relationships that center around anti-social activities. Promiscuity may be a concern. Residents may have experienced or engaged in bullying behaviors.
Residents may be experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, and / or mood dysregulation. Their emotional states have interfered with their abilities to engage in their daily activities of living and decision making. There may be issues related to loss and grief or poor self esteem.
Residents may have displayed oppositional and defiant behaviors within their home, school, or community. They have refused to follow basic rules established for them by authority figures, frequently lose their tempers, argue with adults, and blame others for their mistakes or misbehavior. These girls may be making poor choices related to peer groups and social activities.
Residents may have strained family relationships. There may be a pattern of a refusal to abide by parental rules and expectations. Communication patterns may be impaired or nonexistent. Residents may have run away from home or refuse to follow curfew. There may be attachment or adoption concerns.