The structured community environment of Asheville Academy supports personal, emotional, and behavioral growth. It’s purposefully designed to help students build confidence and self-esteem alongside their peers, allowing students to forge lasting, trusting relationships. These relationships are built and strengthened with the mentorship of staff and with students’ interactions with the horses and other animals who live on campus.
Our amazing theatre program provides students with weekly acting classes led by Miss Cheryl, a Broadway veteran. Miss Cheryl also leads our community service program which helps students get involved in the surrounding community.
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When students first arrive at Asheville Academy, they are divided into handpicked groups based on what they have in common with other girls on campus, as well as who their therapist will be. The girls in these assigned groups will be your daughter’s companions as they go through their journey together at Asheville Academy. This personalized approach and attention to detail is part of what makes our programs for troubled teens and pre-teens so well-respected. These community groups attend classes, go to group therapy, and participate in fun learning experiences off campus. Daily groups give girls the opportunity to check in and voice any feelings and concerns they may have.
Being with others in a controlled environment allows students to not only learn and practice social skills, it also allows for learning moments and feedback from peers and staff on how they handled each situation based on the program tools and structure. These learning moments help students reflect on their own actions by viewing similar behavioral patterns in others. From there, they can work on improving their own behavior.
Throughout the week, students participate in activities both on and off campus that emphasize team building and sportsmanship. These activities help improve group dynamics and foster social growth amongst students.
On campus during the week, students participate in team oriented sports and games during and after which staff members emphasize what did and did not work as far as sportsmanship and teamwork goes.
Students are typically assigned to some form of therapeutic group on a daily basis and some of those groups have a focus relating to community such as “Healthy Relationships” and “Connections through Play”. Every week, time is dedicated to improving the campus community through chores and community service projects.
Another exciting community building activity students engage in are weekly theatre classes. These theatre classes help girls break out of their shells and feel more confident in their daily lives.
Off campus team building trips vary depending on the season and weather. Filled with numerous watering holes, rivers, and scenic lookouts, the mountainous western region of North Carolina provides countless opportunities for hiking, climbing, adventure courses, biking, and environmental education. Being close to Asheville also provides many outlets such as art, museums, festivals, parks, and access to sports.
Recently, off campus activities have included bubble soccer, long distance bike trails, canoeing, Aerial arts, Jewelry making, high rope courses, parades, roller skating, swimming and trampoline houses. These activities are more than just fun distractions for students: they provide opportunities for the girls to build confidence, cultural understanding, leadership and education.