Asheville Academy - Therapeutic Boarding School for Girls 10 - 14 Years Old
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The Big Ten

Why Asheville Academy is licensed as a Residential Treatment facility.

We at Asheville Academy are committed to providing the highest quality service possible to our girls and their families. Licensure requires a higher level of professional accountability and clinical expertise, and guarantees lower staff-to-student ratios for more intentional, focused care. Additionally, RTC status ensures that all clinicians are fully licensed, and provides families the ability to more successfully receive reimbursement from third-party providers.

Families remark that our licenses and accreditations provide them comfort and confidence that we have the qualifications to provide their child high quality care.

What is our academic accreditation?

Asheville Academy’s academic program, Timbersong Academy, is licensed as a non-public school in North Carolina and is fully accredited/">accredited by SACS, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

All academic credits are fully transferable, and recognized by school programs both in and out of the country. SACS accreditation means that your daughter is receiving quality, college-prep academics provided by teachers licensed in their core subject areas, and is prepared to transition back into challenging academic environments. And, to help families more privately manage the messaging of your daughter’s AAG experience, Timbersong Academy maintains a separate website focusing exclusively on academics.

The benefit of low staff-to-student ratio.

Low staff-to-student ratio means your child will receive a more individualized and personalized therapeutic experience. Therapists carry a caseload of no more than six (6) allowing for more specific and intentional care, as well as greater flexibility in scheduling of emotional and behavioral clinical interventions—meeting a student where she is. In addition, highly trained staff is more able to provide in the moment coaching, and help students “build the bridge” between therapy and its application in real-world settings.

Solstice East and Asheville Academy for Girls—a win-win.

Asheville Academy shares a campus with Solstice East—a high school program recognized nationally for serving girls struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma. While each program operates independently (separate living settings, direct care staff, therapists, schedules, etc.), our shared campus gives us the best of both worlds smaller programs cannot offer: we have full-time nursing, multiple full-time equine specialists, academic breadth and depth (if a child is advanced they have the opportunity for higher level classes plus we have an extensive curriculum in person, not with online or book “academics).

Animals and what they add to your daughter’s experience.

Horses, ponies, goats, rabbits, chickens, donkeys, kitties, approved staff dogs, and a pot-bellied pig are our most loved, and often most effective, therapists. On-site equine therapy allows clinicians to further personalize a student’s treatment plan, and the availability of animals provides multiple outlets and opportunities for our girls to safely access and share deep-seated and scary emotions that are inherently more difficult for adolescents to divulge in more traditional therapeutic settings. Students may also participate in animal care as an additional way to bond with their furry and feathery friends.

Location, location, location….

Asheville Academy is located on 25 beautiful, secluded, secure acres approximately 20 minutes from downtown Asheville. Our campus includes two residences (Solstice East and AAG), an academic building, large pond, barn, water wheel and extensive pastures for our resident animals.

Surrounded by more than 3000 acres of pristine wilderness, AAG offers a beautiful, safe environment for health, healing, growth and activity, while being completely accessible to the cultural opportunities in Asheville and the wide range of resources in surrounding areas. The best of both worlds……

The importance of healthy nutrition and active recreation program.

Working with middle school students requires a totally holistic approach. At AAG, our chef incorporate whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and hormone and preservative free cuisine to provide menus developed by our nutritionist for healthy, growing bodies. Play, fun, and movement is a part of everyday.

Our recreation director uses our expansive campus to facilitate daily activity, and takes advantage of the resources of our western-North Carolina locale to take our girls into the community and play!

The value of a traditional looking and feeling environment.

10-to-14-year-olds are still very concrete thinkers. Therefore, it is important to provide an environment that looks and feels traditional in which to practice new coping and social skills. The separation of home and school, the large, spacious campus, and the accessibility to Asheville normalizes the therapeutic experience, and provides opportunities to practice in normalized settings.

Maintaining a consistent and intentional student profile.

AAG’s licensure as a residential treatment program does not alter the student with which we work. It does, however, allow us to provide a higher level quality of care. Asheville Academy is designed for girls 10 -14 at time of enrollment. Our girls struggle with issues including anxiety, depression, defiance, inability to regulate emotions, poor social skills, immaturity, impulsivity, trouble making/keeping friends, low self-esteem, and executive functioning issues like ADHD/ADD and NVLD.

We do NOT accept students with psychosis, are suicidal, aggressive outside of the home, or struggling with “big girl” issues—boys, drug/alcohol abuse, etc.