Stone Mountain School provides boys ages 11 to 17 with an exciting alternative to traditional education programs. Specifically tailored for boys struggling with learning disabilities, ADHD, impulsivity, hyperactivity, inattention, or lack of focus, executive functioning challenges, and non-verbal learning disorders, our program is designed to help boys succeed both academically and socially.
Stone Mountain School is a SACs-accredited, state-licensed, year-round school that features a “combined” instructional approach. This approach provides state-of the-art programming for our students and includes the following elements:
- A nationally standardized academic curriculum in the four primary academic subjects according to grade, as well as courses in Spanish and study skills. With small classes and a 1:5 teacher-to-student ratio, we offer Individualized Academic Plans, Orton-Gillingham specialists who tease out strengths and weaknesses as well as individual learning styles, and technological accommodations applied to specific student needs.
- A stage system teaches students social skills, communication skills, self-regulation of behaviors, self-management, and self-esteem building.
- Activities include “green time”: hiking, camping, canoeing, sports, gardening, landscaping, swimming, and fishing – all available right on our 100-acre camp-like campus.
- Medication management is provided on-site by a child psychiatrist.
- Transition planning for the student’s next placement begins on day one and emphasizes a strong family component.
- Visual and Fine Arts are taught by a professional artist and include drawing, painting, and even ceramics and the use of our on-campus kiln. In the Career Tech classroom students may also develop skills in woodworking, metalworking, construction, and landscaping.
- A healthy diet of fresh and natural foods, with a chef-prepared menu designed to support healthy choices.
Students at Stone Mountain School live in cabin-like dormitories that are supervised 24 hours a day by two trained staff members. In a cooperative living environment, students share common spaces and complete chores such as cleaning and laundry, as well as campus chores. In addition, students can learn to cook in our campus kitchen and have opportunities to serve meals in the lodge on weekdays.
Stone Mountain School utilizes a stage system to monitor each student’s growth. By meeting certain requirements for personal hygiene, social behaviors, academic performance, and independent living/self-management skills, students advance to a higher stage. Every week, the staff members who live with the student, teachers, and the student’s counselor meet as a Treatment Team to review each student’s progress on their “journey through the stages.”
Friday through Sunday students are involved in a variety of either cabin-based or stage-based activities, including camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, or climbing adventures. Campus activities include swimming, gardening, primitive skills, music, and landscaping, as well as sports such as softball, touch football, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee. Stone Mountain School operates under a Special Use permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service in the pristine wilderness of the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests.
The campus community is structured to promote positive and effective communication. This model allows the students to express their feelings in a safe and appropriate manner. Through process groups and positive reinforcement, students learn to regulate their own behaviors and communicate in healthy ways.
We maintain a campus staff-to-student ratio of 1:5 so that we can give each student the individual attention he deserves, including weekly individual counseling, weekly group counseling, weekly phone calls home, and weekly counselor-to-parent calls. Parents whose children have attended Stone Mountain School report that their son gets along better at home, performs better in school, and has a more positive outlook on life.
Stone Mountain School students come to us from all over the country, and around the world. Our fully accredited academics means that credits will transfer, and SMS has the ability to grant a fully-recognized High School Diploma. CARF accreditation means that you can rest assured that Stone Mountain School operates with the highest level of safety and oversight available. Additionally, under our SEVIS accreditation, we are able to accept International Students, and Spanish-speaking students and families will find a multitude of bilingual staff on site.
Enrollment in Stone Mountain School is the start of a personal journey for the student and his family. Our goal is to send each student home with the skills and tools they need to succeed personally, socially, and academically.
Permission & Non-Discrimination Policy
Stone Mountain School is permitted by the United States Forest Service to operate in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDS, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.