Students: 60 | Faculty: N/A | Grades: 7-12 | Gender: Both
Shepherds Hill Academy
Shepherds Hill Academy is a hybrid therapeutic program combining traditional wilderness therapy with a Christian boarding school. It serves boys and girls ages 12-17 who have gotten off track in life. The therapeutic boarding school has separate wilderness campuses for boys and girls, with the educational campus in the center.
SHA uses wilderness therapy since the greatest opportunity for character and educational growth happens once feelings of entitlement are diminished. Therapy at SHA includes a blend of equine therapy, wilderness therapy, group therapy, family therapy and individualized therapy.
The “Unplugged Experiential Living” creates an uncluttered path to discover life’s deeper issues without cultural and media distractions. This back to nature experience improves critical, constructive and creative thinking capacities and promotes a genuine sense of identity, accomplishment, and a renewed desire to learn.
SHA’s on-campus Georgia State accredited Junior and Senior High School provides teens with a strong education by certified teaching faculty, without all the distractions, temptations and pressures of public schools. SHA is a highly structured atmosphere that is conducive to academic repair and advancement.
All courses are transferable and commensurate with the requirements of the State of Georgia, and therefore credits also transfer to other states and colleges. Courses are standards-based and are listed on the Georgia Department of Education website. SHA also provides Georgia Virtual School, which offers advanced opportunities for students to engage in AP classes, college preparatory, career and technical courses and other electives to enhance their learning experience.
At SHA, kids work with their hands, which is great exercise for their heads and hearts also. They all take part and pride in growing gardens and building and maintaining their own living quarters in the woods, where they do not have access to cell phones, television, radio, decadent music and entertainment or the Internet—with the exception of the Internet in their classroom building, which is filtered and monitored with each use. SHA is not a pure wilderness program in the sense that the kids are isolated from civilization. SHA is a place where kids are insulated from negative cultural influences long enough to acquire appetites for more healthy pursuits. The challenge of primitive living takes teens out of their comfort zones, curbs entitlement, and teaches them more effect coping skills. Faulty thinking patterns then begin to diminish as the brain’s critical, constructive and creative thinking capacities begin to rebuild—a welcome relief to the areas of the brain overloaded by today’s hustle-bustle and multitasking lifestyles.
“Our grandson was diagnosed with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Asperger’s syndrome. We tried school after school and no one could tolerate his behavior. Our son returned from his stay at Shepherd’s Hill a changed young man. Instead of being obsessed with the internet, he was obsessed with homework. Instead of being insolent and defiant, he was courteous and well behaved. I would be glad to talk to anyone who is thinking about sending their child or grandchild to Shepherd’s Hill.” – Grandparent from California
Learn more on their website: http://www.shepherdshillacademy.org
Or call this number: (706) 779-5766
Boarding Schools in Georgia
Brandon Hall is an independent school that offers both day school as well as boarding school for its students. It is located in Dunwoody, GA, which is an affluent community in the Atlanta Metro area and overlooks the Chattahoochee River. The school offers education to both boys and girls. The student body is a close knit family and the school mascot is a Panther. This diverse community of students has great academic success as the class size is one teacher to four ...
Located in Rabun Gap, Georgia, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is a private boarding and day school for boys and girls in grades from fifth through twelfth. It is a college prep school with a 100% college acceptance rate to notable colleges around the country. Founded in 1903, it formed a relationship with the Presbyterian Church in 1927 that is still in effect today. Rabun Gap offers a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, football, tennis, swimming, and volleyball. Tuition for this prestigious school ...
Prayer Mountain Boys Academy is a year-round, faith-based program for adolescent boys struggling with anger, defiance, minor substance abuse, and other destructive choices. The program enrolls boys ages 13-17 who have life-controlling issues or have gotten off track in life. Prayer Mountain Boys Academy centers on relationships; the staff understand the situations facing these young men, many from personal experience, and they love the boys like family. The goal is to help them to grow in their relationships with themselves and ...