Bachman Academy

414 Brymer Creek Rd
McDonald, TN 37353
Tel: 423-479-4523
  • Bachman Academy is a dually-accredited (SACS/SAIS) boarding/day school for children in grades 6-12 who have learning differences.
  • Bachman Academy provides a language-rich program of study emphasizing active learning.
  • In addition to hands-on academics, the academy offers career education in equine studies, mechanics, woodworking, and horticulture/agriculture.

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Bachman Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 6-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1999 1910
Campus Size 188 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 19 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(School shirt and khaki pants)
Average Class Size 5 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$51,243 $51,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$21,115 $28,200
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$43,260 $37,945
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required No Yes
Director of AdmissionsBridgette Owen

School Notes

  • Bachman Academy specializes in the education of students with AD/HD, Dyslexia, and other language-based learning differences. The 188-acre campus is the ideal backdrop for an environmentally-focused school of average to above average students who struggle to learn in a traditional educational environment. Bachman`s curriculum includes opportunities to learn and practice executive functioning skills, the skills necessary to function successfully in today`s society. The Academy boasts a 5:1 student to faculty ratio and a 1:1 student to staff ratio. Educators at the Academy are trained in well-researched methods of instruction for students with learning differences. In addition, many of the faculty and staff have first-hand knowledge of the struggles and stress an inappropriate education can have on children and their families, when the expectations of a traditional classroom are not met. Bachman teachers adjust their style and methods to teach the way each student learns best.
  • The career-education programs offered at Bachman are unique among the majority of boarding specialty schools. Career-education options include Mechanics, Woodworking and Horticulture/Agriculture. The programs are built on outcome-based learning, with the end goal of entry into a technical school or employment upon graduation. The "School to Work" course covers such topics as personal finance, completing job applications, preparing for a job interview, interview skills, personal appearance, self-advocacy, and preparing for independent living.
  • LD types supported: Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Asperger/Austism Spectrum, Nonverbal Learning Disorder
  • School accreditations: SAIS-SACS
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