24/7 LIFE AT BACHMAN
While some of our students reside in the Chattanooga or Cleveland, TN area, most are 7-day boarders. Our student population comes from all across the U.S. as well as from other countries.
At Bachman Academy, our students make huge strides into becoming adults. Our school is a place where:
• IT'S OKAY TO FEEL FRUSTRATED
• IT'S OKAY TO ASK QUESTIONS
• IT'S OKAY IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND SOMETHING
• IT'S OKAY TO LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES
Our students learn that they have the TOOLS and ABILITIES to work together and solve problems.
Under the guidance of dorm parents, our students learn how to be part of a team in their dormitories. Each student has a private room and is
responsible for the cleaning and upkeep. With the guidance of the dorm staff
and their peers, Bachman students become more independent and responsible each day.
CONTINUAL ENGAGEMENT WITH OTHERS
Everyone needs some occasional "chill" time on their own, but our students also need companionship, encouragement, and shared experiences.
Students who struggle academically and socially usually lack self-confidence. They aren't sure how to make friends. In their home settings, they may retreat to a bedroom or basement, where they spend too much time alone.
A key benefit of being a 5 or 7-day boarder at Bachman Academy is the opportunity to make enormous strides in interpersonal relationships. Students and staffers at Bachman form an extended family, celebrating holidays and student milestones together.
EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS
When the school day ends, the students are given access to their cell phones, so that they can call family and friends. They are encouraged to participate in their choice of afternoon enrichment activities and also have free time to enjoy the campus or hang out in their friends and play games in our recreation room.
In the evening, the students and dorm staff have dinner together. Sometimes the students get to experiment in the kitchen by preparing their own special dinner, such as a recent "calzones and strawberry meringue" night. Afterwards, they finish homework and participate in group dorm activities until bedtime/lights out.
Every weekend, students and dorm parents enjoy local museums, parks, and attractions. Most of the time, day students are given the opportunity to participate in these outings. Students and dorm staffers may visit the Tennessee Aquarium, the Knoxville Zoo, or the Chickamauga Battlefield. They may attend an Atlanta Braves game or go to a musical downtown. Our dorm parents get to know the students well, and tap into their special interests, such as baking, hiking, or painting.
Every fall, our students go on an extended trip, such as to Washington, D.C. to sightsee and learn more about the world around them.