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Why Asheville Academy Works

Why Choose Our Therapeutic Boarding School

Asheville Academy for Girls is one of the nation’s leading programs for troubled teens, designed exclusively for middle-school students ages 10-14, where our students can truly find themselves.  We are the right place at the right time for students because we use developmentally appropriate treatments designed specifically for children this age. Lasting healing can only take place by involving the entire family throughout the therapeutic process. Your family will be involved every step of the way in the journey towards a healthier, happier future.

Our program works because we don’t just talk about it – we provide the 24/7 therapeutic, nurturing environment that our students need. 80% of our graduates go on to day schools back home and 20% attend boarding schools.  At Asheville Academy, it’s all about relationships, as we empower our students to restore and repair relationships with themselves, families, and their peers. We are among the leading boarding schools for troubled teens serving girls.

What Makes Asheville Academy Unique?

Right time.

Right place.

 Developmentally appropriate programming exclusively for students ages 10-14.


  • Clinical: Therapeutic approaches which are developmentally appropriate.
  • Residential: Small community promotes a supportive home environment
  • Academics: Accredited academic curriculum designed to address the needs of the individual student.

We don’t just talk about it.

 Staff and students live our change in the caring, nurturing environment.


  • Clinical: Presence of animals on campus and experiential activities provides ‘in the moment’ therapeutic benefits.
  • Residential: Students learn important living skills which promote confidence, accountability, and responsibility.
  • Academics: Our 97 acre campus offers plenty of space for experiential and unique learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

It’s all about relationships.

 Students bond with peers and rebuild relationships with family members.


  • Clinical: Rebuilding and reconnecting family relationships through family therapy programming.
  • Residential: Within their community groups, students develop close friendships and learn about conflict resolution.
  • Academics: In the classroom, students learn how to collaborate with peers and cooperate with others.