Asheville Academy - Therapeutic Boarding School for Girls 10 - 14 Years Old
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Student Profile

Student Profile

To ensure appropriate placement for a student and to provide proper support for a student and her family, all applicants are screened through an application process and must meet the admitting criteria for Asheville Academy. Each student is screened on a case-by-case basis to ensure that she is an appropriate candidate for admission.


At times, a student may meet all admitting criteria but also exhibit concerns of identified exclusionary criteria. The school must be able to assure safety and growth. Therefore, Asheville Academy may require a 90 day assessment period to allow for determination of a child’s appropriateness for our program.


Admitting Criteria

  • Girls ages 10-14 at time of enrollment (grades 5-9).
  • Students should possess a minimum full scale IQ of 85 or higher on an approved standardized test, although most Asheville Academy students fall in the average to above average range.


Student may be exhibiting one or more of these behavior, emotional or academic challenges:

  • Immaturity
  • Impulsivity
  • Disorganization
  • Self-centeredness
  • Inability to control anger
  • Defiance toward parents
  • Easily influenced by others (diminished sense of self)
  • Difficulty picking up on social cues
  • Trouble making and/or keeping friends
  • Difficulty maintaining grade level performance at school
  • Tantrums
  • Lack of respect
  • Inability to adhere to rules or limits
  • Emotionally shutting down or withdrawing
  • School refusal
  • Loss of interest/participation in previously enjoyed activities


Students may have been diagnosed with one or more of the following and may or may not be on medication for:

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Non-Verbal Learning Disability