Overview

Shepherds Hill Academy, a faith based wilderness style troubled teen boarding school and therapeutic program for boys and girls 12-17. Our unique combination of troubled teen schools, wilderness programs, equine and other therapeutic approaches offers students optimum opportunities to heal and flourish. 

Shepherds Hill Academy was founded in 1994 and is a Georgia accredited (2001) special purpose school as well as a licensed therapeutic outdoor wilderness program for students grades 7-12. The campus of Shepherds Hill Academy is located on a beautiful 185 acre wilderness facility just 85 miles north of Atlanta, GA.

We serve teens struggling with: ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder), DTD (Developmental Trauma Disorder), PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Aspergers, anger-management, anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorder, behavioral disorders, phobias, at-risk youth, struggling and troubled teens, emotional issues, learning disabilities, physical and sexual abuse, depression, negative peer pressure and rebellious behavior.

Fully Accredited GA Academy - SHA offers students a disciplined, structured, and peaceful academic environment conducive for learning in troubled teen schools.

  • Georgia state certified teachers
  • Advanced Placement - AP classes & college preparation available
  • 5 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Classroom tutors and monitors
  • Fully equipped conventional classrooms
  • Boys and girls separated – no interaction
  • NCAA eligibility
  • Interscholastic & intramural sports

A Comprehensive Approach to Healing Spiritual and Therapeutic - Shepherds Hill Academy offers a wide variety of therapeutic services for the purpose of heart change and family healing.

  • On-campus licensed therapy department
  • Biblical counsel & worldview training
  • Equine therapy (O.K. Corral Series certified)
  • Individual, group, & family therapy
  • Christ-centered atmosphere
  • Monthly parenting workshops
  • Time for reflection, contemplation, & prayer
  • Devotional, biblical, & apologetic training

Wilderness Environment - The challenge of rustic living takes teens out of their comfort zones, curbs entitlement, and teaches them more effective coping skills. Faulty thinking patterns, brought on by negative cultural influences, then diminish.

  • Safe, loving, & authoritative environment
  • Georgia state licensed residential therapeutic facility
  • 5 to 1 student/counselor ratio with 24/7 care
  • Serving boys and girls 12 to 17 nationwide
  • Team-building work projects & activities
  • Critical & constructive thinking challenges

Please contact us for tuition rates, financing information and possible scholarships. http://www.shepherdshillacademy.org

4 Participant Reviews

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Shepherds Hill Academy is the best

Shepherds Hill Academy is the best

5
Reviewed on 11/7/2015 by

We have a 17 year old son currently in the SHA program. His issues were: truant at school, drug abuse, serious behavioral problems accompanied with major rebellion. After unsuccessfully placing him in two other programs, we were desperate to find somewhere that could help with the above issues and also tutor him to graduate from high school. We found that this combination was not easy to locate. We were referred to SHA by a friend and that has been the best move to date. After five months our son is starting to turn around due to the excellent quality of Leadership and the entire support team. It is quite clear that we are not dealing with a quick fix, and after talking with other parents and successful gradates, the SHA program is at least a 12 month commitment. Our son has gained confidence with his school work and is set to graduate high school mid-2016 due to really great teachers and coaches. The mentorship at SHA is second to none. We thoroughly recommend the SHA program.

I can't say enough good ...

I can't say enough good ...

5
Reviewed on 11/7/2013 by

I can't say enough good about SHA and how it positively affected the direction of my son's life. Were it not for SHA, my son's self-destructive behaviors would have landed him prison time rather than a HS diploma. My hat's off to Trace Embry and SHA for employing first-rate counselors and teachers who are deeply and personally committed to life-redeeming outcomes for the kids who come to SHA. Not only did my son graduate HS after graduating SHA. He has since completed 4 years in the USMC and is now married with two children.

There are hundreds of therapeutic ...

There are hundreds of therapeutic ...

5
Reviewed on 11/7/2013 by

There are hundreds of therapeutic programs out there and it can one of the most difficult decisions you will ever have to make as a parent under some very trying circumstances. Shepherds Hill Academy saved our daughter from the self-destructive path she was taking. The program is outstanding academically and spiritually. They are a solid Christ-centered program. The staff is genuinely interested in your child's success academically, emotionally and spiritually. Their equine therapy is equally valuable in getting teens to deal with their issues in an unconventional and not threatening way.

We began our search for ...

We began our search for ...

5
Reviewed on 11/5/2013 by

We began our search for a place that could help our son who struggled with a myriad of emotional concerns and had virtually dropped out of school. Our options were an in-patient facility who put us on a waiting list and other therapeutic boarding schools who turned us down because of his issues. From the moment I first called Shepherd's Hill and spoke with the founders wife I knew this was where our son needed to be. Now he will graduate six months early with academic scores over a 3.5 average and best of all a firm handle on life, a growing affection for Christ and hope for a promising future.

4 Participant Reviews

Write a Review
Shepherds Hill Academy is the best

Shepherds Hill Academy is the best

5
Reviewed on 11/7/2015 by

We have a 17 year old son currently in the SHA program. His issues were: truant at school, drug abuse, serious behavioral problems accompanied with major rebellion. After unsuccessfully placing him in two other programs, we were desperate to find somewhere that could help with the above issues and also tutor him to graduate from high school. We found that this combination was not easy to locate. We were referred to SHA by a friend and that has been the best move to date. After five months our son is starting to turn around due to the excellent quality of Leadership and the entire support team. It is quite clear that we are not dealing with a quick fix, and after talking with other parents and successful gradates, the SHA program is at least a 12 month commitment. Our son has gained confidence with his school work and is set to graduate high school mid-2016 due to really great teachers and coaches. The mentorship at SHA is second to none. We thoroughly recommend the SHA program.

I can't say enough good ...

I can't say enough good ...

5
Reviewed on 11/7/2013 by

I can't say enough good about SHA and how it positively affected the direction of my son's life. Were it not for SHA, my son's self-destructive behaviors would have landed him prison time rather than a HS diploma. My hat's off to Trace Embry and SHA for employing first-rate counselors and teachers who are deeply and personally committed to life-redeeming outcomes for the kids who come to SHA. Not only did my son graduate HS after graduating SHA. He has since completed 4 years in the USMC and is now married with two children.

There are hundreds of therapeutic ...

There are hundreds of therapeutic ...

5
Reviewed on 11/7/2013 by

There are hundreds of therapeutic programs out there and it can one of the most difficult decisions you will ever have to make as a parent under some very trying circumstances. Shepherds Hill Academy saved our daughter from the self-destructive path she was taking. The program is outstanding academically and spiritually. They are a solid Christ-centered program. The staff is genuinely interested in your child's success academically, emotionally and spiritually. Their equine therapy is equally valuable in getting teens to deal with their issues in an unconventional and not threatening way.

We began our search for ...

We began our search for ...

5
Reviewed on 11/5/2013 by

We began our search for a place that could help our son who struggled with a myriad of emotional concerns and had virtually dropped out of school. Our options were an in-patient facility who put us on a waiting list and other therapeutic boarding schools who turned us down because of his issues. From the moment I first called Shepherd's Hill and spoke with the founders wife I knew this was where our son needed to be. Now he will graduate six months early with academic scores over a 3.5 average and best of all a firm handle on life, a growing affection for Christ and hope for a promising future.

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