Bachman Academy

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Bachman Academy
414 Brymer Creek Road
McDonald, Tennessee, 37353
United States
Coordinates 35°07′59″N 84°56′30″W / 35.133078°N 84.941657°W / 35.133078; -84.941657
Funding type Non-profit
Head of school Mark Frizzell
Grades 612
Gender Co-ed
Campus size 200 acres (0.81 km2)
Athletics TSSAA

Bachman Academy is a 6th-12th, co-ed college-preparatory boarding and day school in McDonald, Tennessee. It serves to provide a non-traditional educational environment for students with learning differences, such as ADHD, Dyslexia, and NLD, but who have average to above average intelligence.


The school was founded in 1912 by Reverend John Lynn Bachman, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Sweetwater, Tennessee, as a Mission School for local children in the nearby mountain region of Farner, Tennessee. It was renamed “Lynn Bachman Memorial School.” in 1916, Then, in 1925, the Jonathan W. Bachman Memorial Orphans Home was constructed on the grounds of the school, augmenting the school's mission. Over the years, the school added more cottages to the grounds.

In 1934, with the addition of a new public school system in the area, “Bachman Home” was able to refine its focus on providing a home for the children, but using the public schools for educational programs. By 1936, 34 students from Bachman Home were attending the local elementary school and 12 were attending Ducktown High School.

In 1950, the school relocated to a site in Cleveland, Tennessee.

By 1970, the Bachman Home expanded to include caring for children who came from less fortunate families in addition to orphans. They sought to keep siblings together and to get them into foster homes or back to their own families as quickly as possible.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Bachman Home served as a transitional facility for boys referred from the Department of Corrections and the Department of Human Services, including an alternative school on campus for boys with behavioral problems or who needed additional education before returning to a traditional school setting.

In 1999, it was renamed Bachman Academy, and changed its program to one providing for both boys and girls with learning disabilities and began accepting students from other areas of the country. In 2004, the Academy became a SEVIS approved school and was able to accept international students with learning differences as well. By 2011, the school has served students with learning differences from 27 states and 8 countries.[citation needed]


Bachman Academy is dually-accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). The Academy is a member of the Small Boarding Schools Association (SBSA). Academics meet Tennessee State requirements. Career electives include Equestrian Science, Mechanics, Horticulture and Woodworking.


Many extra-curricular activities are offered including clubs and sports at the school and at the local YMCA. Intramural sports offered include programs in Cross country running, bowling, and equestrian provided by the school, and other sports provided by Bradley County Public Schools through the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Many activities are planned for boarding students on weekends.


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