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Shepherds Hill Academy Academic Program

Fully Accredited Private Academy

Therapeutic Boarding School Academy

One challenge many parents face when considering residential care is deciding how their child will continue their academic studies.

We understand how peer pressure effects teens in a public school setting. Shepherd’s Hill Academy provides your family with a worry-free solution by offering an on-campus private academy.  Our academy provides students with a High School Diploma not a GED.  We work with our students to advance them to college by helping them receive various scholarships.

Our on-campus Georgia State accredited Junior and Senior High School provides your teen with a loving, caring, and fully certified faculty. Without all the distractions, temptations and pressures of public schools, SHA offers a highly structured and well disciplined atmosphere conducive for both academic and character growth.

All courses are transferable and commensurate with the requirements of the State of Georgia.  These courses are standards-based and are listed on the Georgia Department of Education website.

Academic Opportunities

Therapeutic Boarding School Acadmics

From junior high classes to graduating seniors, SHA meets your child’s needs.
Upon enrollment, our principal and faculty work with you and your child to design a classroom schedule to meet your teen’s academic needs.

Our faculty is composed of Georgia certified teachers who offer your child a wide variety of classes. If we cannot provide the specific class needed for appropriate advancement, SHA offers Georgia Virtual School which provides opportunities for students to engage in Advanced Placement, college preparatory, career and technical courses and other electives to enhance their learning experience. 

If your teen is a high school senior and scheduled to graduate from SHA, our academic team helps him/her prepare for college by providing college prep and SAT prep opportunities. In addition, we help students apply for HOPE Scholarships, as well as providing them opportunities to take the SAT or ACT as needed.  Our students are known for scoring higher than the national average on the SAT test.

SHA is sanctioned by the NCAA Eligibility Center.  This means that courses successfully completed at SHA are accepted by the NCAA for collegiate athletic eligibility.

Intramural Sports and Electives

Therapeutic Boarding School Sports

SHA offers students extra curricular activities and the ability to participate in competitive sports within our local communities. Soccer, basketball and cross-country are events SHA students participate in.

In addition to sports, SHA offers your child further studies in music, art and drama. Once enrolled, your teen will have access to musical instruments, art supplies and a peace-filled environment for creative thought and artistic expression.

SHA is a Christ-centered residential school. Because of this, we are able to offer biblical classes that range from historical understanding of the Scriptures to more intensive apologetic curriculum.

Other extra curricular classes offered during summer school are:  shop class, automotive class and physical/health education.  SHA offers a wide range of electives on campus and through Georgia Virtual School.

SHA Academic Mission

Therapeutic Boarding School Mission

In February, 2010 the faculty of Shepherd’s Hill Academy began the task of developing a new mission statement and academic crest. We decided that we wanted a short, and to the point, statement. We wanted to involve all stakeholders–including students, parents, faculty and staff.

We conducted surveys of students in the classroom, parents at our parent conferences and the SHA faculty members. Over the course of this project we accumulated a vast array of creative inputs and ideas.

We ultimately adopted a student phrase as our mission statement and then embarked on the idea of some artful way to present it. This also included much student and faculty art. In March of 2011 we adopted the final product.

We included the latin term for our mission in the final version of the academic crest. We believe our mission statement, although very short, has breadth and depth of meaning which fully captures our intentions as we embark on the challenges of spiritual and academic pursuits.


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A therapeutic boarding school for teens with behavioral therapy counseling for unruly teens, out of control teens, teens are who are rebelling, struggling teens, angry teens, at-risk teens, teens with ADD, ADHD, OCD, and rebellion. SHA is a Christian therapeutic residential school for troubled teens that offers wilderness therapy and a boarding school. We are a state-licensed wilderness therapy program, plus we provide counseling for teens and equine therapy. Troubled teens come to us from North Carolina, and Virginia, as well as from New England states like Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Troubled teens also come to us from central states like Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. In the South, teens come from Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and from Arkansas.

W're a residential treatment center that helps teenagers who are struggling academically, socially, or behaviorally. We utilize innovative, individualized teen treatment that combines comprehensive therapy, education, recreational activities, and alternative therapies. Our therapeutic boarding school is a unique blend of wilderness therapy and traditional cognitive behavioral therapy. We are an attractive alternative to the traditional school setting and "office only" therapy. With separate campuses for girls and boys our residential treatment center program also includes an accredited on-campus school and a caring Christian counseling staff.