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Shepherd's Hill Academy

Premier Christian Boarding School for Teens in Crisis

Shepherd's Hill Academy (SHA) is a wilderness-based, therapeutic boarding school.

Our 12-month program provides a 5-to-1 student to staff ratio for teen boys and girls ages 12-17.

Our gender separate programs each have a maximum capacity of 18 students. A unique faith-based approach and authoritative community provide an unplugged environment to foster healthy relationships, alleviate anhedonia, promote identity formation, and work through the challenges of life.

SHA bolsters a fully accredited academy dedicated to helping teens develop a positive and successful future. Our certified teaching staff offers quality education and career enrichment. Our direct care staff receives over forty hours of training in their field annually. Such training includes de-escalation techniques, safety interventions, and emotional support methods. Staff also receive training in our unique eight-step approach to relationships through our Relationship Model, exclusive to SHA. Therapy at SHA is holistically-focused and empirically-based. Our team of licensed clinicians creates an accepting environment delivering weekly individual, group and equine relationship therapy. Individualized treatment plans are developed for each student.

We serve troubled teens [teens in crisis] struggling with:

  • Digital, Internet, Video Game, Cell Phone Addictions
  • ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • DTD (Developmental Trauma Disorder)
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Self Harm and Cutting
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • High-Functioning ASD (formerly called Asperger’s)
  • Anger, Rebellion, and Running Away
  • Narcissism and Entitlement issues
  • Loss of Educational Status or Motivation (school expulsion or dropping grades)
  • Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorders
  • Adoption/Attachment Issues
  • Other behavioral, conduct, and emotional disorders that are causing problems for the teen’s future.
  • Victims of abuse
  • Trauma

Teens participate in Family Sessions for the Adolescent and Yoga-Psychotherapy.

SHA also addresses issues of spirituality as they pertain to each individual.

Offering Type

Faith Based Programs

Primary Specialty
Religious Faith Based
Other areas of specialization
Addictions, Mental Illness, Trauma Therapy
Ages Accepted
Teen (13-17)
Male, Female
Max Enrollment : 36 Students
Avg. length of stay : 12 Months
Insurance accepted? : Yes
College Prep Available? : Yes
Non-profit? : Yes
Financial Aid/Scholarships : Yes

Professional Affiliations

American Assoc. of Christian Counselors (AACC); American & Georgia Assoc. of Christian Schools (AACS & GACS); Georgia Accrediting Commission; Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) License; National Assoc. of Therapeutic Schools & Programs (NATSAP)

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