Rutherford Academy is a private non-profit school for special needs children and youth. We have been part of the Murfreesboro and Middle Tennessee education community for over 17 years. Rutherford Academy offers therapeutic special education day school for 1st through 12th grade students. Typically, our unique students have been identified with emotional and psychiatric disorders, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, 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, life skills, and therapeutic services.
Minimum of one staff member for every four students
Specialized and individualized curriculum and materials
School social work services and family support
Certified Trauma Informed Care trainers on staff
Individual counseling, group counseling, and crisis management
Applied Behavior Management systems under the direction of behavior specialists
Certified Handle With Care trainers on staff
Cultural diversity and socialization
Transition services to school and community
Vocational planning and readiness
Playground and daily outdoor recreation time
Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch Program
Student community service projects to enhance students' sense of community and giving
Educational strategies integrated with technology; computers in each classroom equipped with appropriate educational software
Supplemental materials and field trips to enhance learning experiences
Individual Educational Plans
Each student at Rutherford Academy receives services designed to meet their specific needs targeting deficit areas while building on individual strengths; this includes focus on each child’s educational, emotional, behavioral, social, ecological, and vocational goals. 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 can only accept students that are referred by the county public and charter school systems within Middle Tennessee with whom we contract. Genesis Learning Centers does not offer private tuition services.
Principal: Ken Jones, MS, LBS
Assistant Principal: Meridith Pettigrew, M.Ed.
Phone: (615) 895-1961
Fax: (615) 832-4577
2320 Southgate Boulevard,
Murfreesboro, TN 37128