Shepherd's Hill Academy

Martin, Georgia


Shepherd’s Hill is a faith-based wilderness-style boarding school and therapeutic program for troubled boys and girls 12-17. Our unique combination of first-class school, wilderness program, equine and other therapeutic approaches offers students optimum opportunities to heal and flourish.

Shepherd's Hill Academy was founded in 1994 and is an accredited school as well as a therapeutic wilderness program for students grades 6-12 with behavioral problems and/or disorders such as; ADD, Bi-Polar, RAD, and others. The campus of Shepherd's Hill is located on a beautiful 86 acre wilderness facility just 85 miles north of Atlanta, GA.

Fully Accredited Academy - SHA offers students a disciplined, structured, and peaceful academic environment conducive for learning.

  • State certified teachers
  • 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 - Shepherd’s 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 (EAGALA 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
  • 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 and financing information.

3 Participant Reviews

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I can't say enough good ...

Reviewed on 11/7/2013 by Thankful Dad

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 ...

Reviewed on 11/7/2013 by A grateful parent from the Northwest

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 ...

Reviewed on 11/5/2013 by Tim

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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