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Rutherford Academy
Murfreesboro TN, Rutherford County


Principal:  Susan Sawyer, Ed.D.  
Assistant Principal: Meridith Pettigrew, M.Ed.

2320 Southgate Boulevard,
Murfreesboro, TN 37128

Rutherford Academy opened in 2002 as an expansion of our Genesis Academy.  This new private school for special needs youth has allowed Genesis to enroll more students within Middle Tennessee closer to their homes. Rutherford Academy offers special education services for first grade through 12th grade children. Typically, our unique students have been identified with emotional disorders, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities (mental retardation), dual-diagnosis and/or developmental delays.

As an approved school by the Tennessee Department of Education, students may earn high school credits and may be awarded an academic or exceptional education diploma at graduation. Here, children and adolescents are given the chance to reach their full potential not only as students, but also as total individuals. Our certified and caring staff provides a wide range of academic, vocational, life skills, and therapeutic services.

  • Minimum of one staff member for every four students
  • Specialized curriculum and materials
  • School social work services
  • Counseling and behavior management
  • Transition services to school & community
  • Employment planning and readiness
  • Playground and daily outdoor recreation time
  • Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch Program
  • Student community service projects
  • Computer learning labs
  • Supplemental materials and field trips to enhance learning experiences

Each student at Rutherford Academy receives services designed to meet their specific needs on every level of care; this includes each child’s educational, emotional, behavioral, social, ecological, and vocational objectives.  Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) are carefully developed and reviewed regularly with our students and their families. We want every one of our children to have a positive and adaptive learning environment. It is our hope that each child we touch will experience significant personal growth and improvement.

Rutherford Academy students are referred by the county public school systems within Middle Tennessee.



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