River Academy

River Academy is a private Christian School housed in the Cunningham Center on the main campus of Holston Home. River Academy is designed for children who may be having trouble succeeding in school or in the community. River Academy offers an opportunity to gain knowledge, interpersonal skills, and personal worth that will allow him or her to discover new and more positive ways to relate to the world.

A ministry of Holston Home for Children, River Academy and the Quillen Day Treatment Program guide students toward social, behavioral, academic, and emotional well-being. Staff members work with students and their family on individual programs of instruction that guide young people into new directions. We are licensed by the State of Tennessee to teach students from kindergarten to seniors in high school.

Who Are The Students?

How Do We Help Them?

Students at River Academy are prepared to succeed in their community settings by an intensive educational experience that begins with a rigorous assessment of their needs. Each student progresses through one-on-one and small-group opportunities in the classroom, in counseling, in Christian guidance and in recreational activities. Adventure Based programming including a therapeutic equine program is incorporated into the curriculum. A computer lab is available to students for tutoring and credit recovery. Our ultimate goal is to enable every child to return successfully to public schools or less-intensive day programs.

To accomplish this goal we:

How Can We Help?

Staff members at River Academy are dedicated professionals who help children grow and learn in a positive, non-judgmental way. More than that, they are individuals who have a genuine love for children and a commitment to help their students succeed. The school is small. The community is caring. The approach is person-to-person.


Holston Home for Children does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, or handicapping conditions in the provision of its services and in its hiring practices.

For additional information and questions please contact River Academy (423) 787-8708, fax at (423) 638-3752 or send us an email.