Eagle Academy (Belle Glade)

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Eagle Academy is a behavior modification facility. The facility is located on 33800 State Road 80, Belle Glade, Florida. The academy featured in the show High School Boot Camp.

The target group is "at-risk" girls and boys between 13 and 16 years of age. They have to be resident in Palm Beach County. They also need to have no felonies on their police record.[1]


Eagle Academy strictly enforces discipline: a button not done up, a word out of place or being late for lunch could result in 10 press-ups or 20 star jumps, depending on the infraction.[2]

The program claims to have helped about 80 percent of the detainees to lead a productive life.[3]

According to the new budget of 2013, The Eagle Academy was closed, saving $4.5M a year.[4]

In the news[edit]

One of the drill instructors was arrested on the charge of 'battery touch or strike' and 'fraud, false statement.'[5] Another staff member was arrested and charged of trying to cover up the incident.[6]

In February 2008, another staff member was charged with abuse.[7]

August 2008 a January 2008 graduate was shot suspected of stealing a car [8]

January 2010-June 2010 Recruits DeLaney, Gousse and Dew were the first to ever perform music that was written at the Academy, DeLaney being the first to ever have a guitar there.


  1. ^ The secret to Eagle Academy's success? `We're not a boot camp' (Sun-Sentinel.com)
  2. ^ American tearaways volunteer for discipline (BBC)
  3. ^ Press release from the facility
  4. ^ http://www.pbso.org/index.cfm?fa=budget
  5. ^ PBSO Eagle Academy Deputy Arrested, Newschannel 5, October 25 - 2007
  6. ^ Video refutes deputies' reports on use of force on academy teen, By Kathleen Chapman, palmbeachpost.com, October 31, 2007
  7. ^ Palm Beach County youth camp deputy faces trial on abuse charges - Investigators say deputy slammed boy to ground after the teenager got sick, By Rachel Hatzipanagos, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, February 2, 2008
  8. ^ Deputy fatally shoots teen he said tried to run him over in stolen car, By Jerome Burdi, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, August 3, 2008

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