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Welcome To Asheville Academy

OUR THERAPEUTIC BOARDING SCHOOL: WHERE young people FIND THEMSELVES

Asheville Academy is the leading therapeutic boarding school for students ages 10-14. Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina, our private 97-acre campus provides a tranquil environment where students can reflect, heal, and overcome emotional and academic challenges. Our family-focused program is 10-14 months long and is uniquely designed to help younger students develop the skills to expand their resiliency, manage and communicate their emotions, and most importantly, strengthen their relationships with themselves and family members.

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We’re In This Together

You’re not alone at Asheville Academy.   As a team, we’ll develop a plan together to address and correct negative behavior patterns before they lead to more destructive behaviors.  Our nurturing environment and relationship-based community provides an emotionally safe space for your child to heal.  

Once kids feel safe to be vulnerable, we can start to process any previous trauma, anxiety, negative patterns, and academic issues.  Upon completion of the program, your child will develop the confidence and resilience to rebuild strained relationships, advocate for their needs, create healthy boundaries, and face life’s challenges.  

We’re In This Together

You’re not alone at Asheville Academy.   As a team, we’ll develop a plan together to address and correct negative behavior patterns before they lead to more destructive behaviors.  Our nurturing environment and relationship-based community provides an emotionally safe space for your child to heal.  

Once kids feel safe to be vulnerable, we can start to process any previous trauma, anxiety, negative patterns, and academic issues.  Upon completion of the program, your child will develop the confidence and resilience to rebuild strained relationships, advocate for their needs, create healthy boundaries, and face life’s challenges.  

Family-Focused, Results-Driven Therapy

Our family therapy is specifically designed to include the family unit from start until completion with one main goal: reconnecting you with your child in a healthy and meaningful way.  Our clinically sophisticated family programming runs parallel to the healing and growth taking place on campus.  Get ready to utilize psychoeducational tools, parent-to-parent discussions, and skills-based webinars to help you parent your unique child.  

Building Resiliency and Confidence

Our therapists provide personalized treatment plans for each child

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  • Resilience & Confidence

    When things are going badly things tend to go very badly. This is the common path we hear from parents about their preteen daughters. It’s a virtuous downward cycle of poor decision-making and defiance to structure or constructive criticism.

    This downward staircase is typically reflective of a child who lacks resilience to traumas big and small and a child who lacks the skills and confidence to know how to manage these traumas and help create success.

    We teach our students how to be engaged, advocate for their needs, set goals and develop a plan to meet these goals.

  • Relationships & Trust

    Have hurtful things been said by your child? Are there things you regret saying or doing? Does your child lack acceptable boundaries in relationships? Sometimes the fear and frustration boil over and relationships feel “broken”.

    At Asheville Academy we help heal those family wounds and find a new relationship together. We work with the child, the family back home, and then bring them back together.

    Our relationship-based approach is one of our strengths. We have a purposely small, tight-knit “family” community of staff and students who work together to help relieve social pressures and anxieties.

    We create opportunities to grow and prosper with one another and help students see the care and compassion the child can give and then receives back as a result.

  • Responsibility & Gratitude

    Parents feel like their child has been “given everything” and yet lacks thankfulness or contributes to their success. There is a lack of accountability and responsibility for school work, eating habits, technology use, sleep, and communication with family, peers, and teachers.

    Students at AAG are a part of a community that works together– in school, sports, drama, service work, and with the animals on campus.

Students are 10-14 at the time of enrollment (grades 4 -10.)  Before enrolling your child in Asheville Academy we’ll work together with you to evaluate if we’re a good fit for your child and family.  Reach out today to find out if we can help you.

Typical Student Profile

  • Depression – withdrawal
  • Self Harm
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Differences
  • School Refusal
  • Social skills – bullied, poor boundaries, isolation, unhealthy relationships,
  • immaturity, disrespect
  • Attachment
  • Emotion Dysregulation
  • Technology – misuse, overuse, inappropriate use
  • Aggression at home

Exclusionary Criteria

  • Active Eating Disorders
  • Active Suicidal Attempts
  • Primary diagnosis of Substance Use
  • Adjudicated Youth
  • Developmental Disorders
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