Asheville Academy

Asheville Academy for Girls utilizes the residential model of the traditional boarding school to create a home-like therapeutic boarding school setting.  We offer a safe and comfortable setting for girls to learn new ways to interact with peers, adults, and their families.

Asheville Academy for Girls (AAG) is for girls ages 10-14, located in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.  Specializing in developmentally appropriate interventions for young girls, the foundation of our program lies in relationship-based treatment—emphasizing high levels of family intervention, emotional safety, and healthy boundaries.

Recognized by the state of North Carolina as a certified non-public school, our academic classes are taught in a conventional classroom setting by certified secondary education and special education teachers.

Our families’ most common reason for placement is chronic disruption to the family system along with the inability of their daughters to find success in school, develop meaningful friendships with peers, and/or engage in activities they used to love.

Asheville Academy for Girls also provides state-of-the-art treatment for girls suffering from co-morbid anxiety or mood disorders, depression, low self-esteem, negative self-perception, learning challenges, and oppositional behavior.


We feel Asheville Academy has offered extremely high quality service across all spheres. And we are very grateful. Thank Goodness for Asheville Academy.

Leslie, Mother AAG
LeslieMother of student


Phone: 800.264.8709



City: Black Mountain, NC

Closest Airport: Asheville Regional Airport


Average Duration:  9 -12 months.

Who we Help: Girls between the ages of 10-14.

Examples of Student Profile:

  • Depression              
  • Low Self Esteem 
  • ADHD                      
  • Adoption & Attachment Issues
  • Anxiety                      
  • School Refusal
  • Defiance

Click Here to see Asheville Academy

A Therapeutic Boarding School for Girls 10-14
  • Cat Jennings
    Cat Jennings
    Executive Director - Asheville Academy
  • Kathryn Huffman
    Kathryn Huffman
    Admissions Director - Asheville Academy for Girls
  • Rebecca Gebb
    Rebecca Gebb
    Program Director - Asheville Academy for Girls
Cat Jennings
Executive Director - Asheville Academy

Cat brings more than thirty years of experience making an impact in the lives of adolescents. Cat has developed multiple programs helping children, teens, and young adults in a variety of settings and with a diverse range of diagnoses. She has dedicated her career to behavioral health and is honored to be part of the passionate team at Asheville Academy for Girls.  She recognizes how delicate this age is and is proud of the role she and her team play in helping girls grow and prosper.

Cat received her degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Asheville. With her free time, Cat enjoys spending time with her wonderful family and close friends, sharing stories and making new ones. She loves being active and getting outdoors whenever she can.

Click Here to go to Asheville Academy


Kathryn Huffman
Admissions Director - Asheville Academy for Girls

With more than fifteen years in the industry, Kathryn Huffman has extensive experience working with struggling adolescents and pre-adolescents in residential and wilderness settings. Kathryn’s background includes helping to develop, and providing admissions support, for the first wilderness program in the country specifically for 10 to 13-year-olds, and serving as a founding member and Admissions Director for a personal development boarding school for girls ages 10 to 14.

With her long history of serving this population, as well as having two young daughters of her own, Kathryn recognizes the necessity and value in providing families and their loved ones with a safe, nurturing and fun environment that recognizes and addresses the unique developmental needs of our specific age group.

She considers it a privilege and a treat to be part of a caring organization dedicated to helping young girls and their families improve relationships and achieve healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys reading, movies, yoga, jumping rope and losing at Wii to her two daughters, Ellie (age 10) and Frances (age 9).

 The opportunity to serve our girls and their families, and to help guide these special young ladies towards recognizing, and achieving, all of which they are capable while they still in their formative years is a gift and a joy. I am grateful every day to be part of a caring organization dedicated to helping young girls and their families improve relationship, and achieve, happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Click Here to go to Asheville Academy

Rebecca Gebb
Program Director - Asheville Academy for Girls

Rebecca Gebb has been working with Asheville Academy for Girls since January of 2013.  She currently serves as the Program Director and oversees residential programming.  Rebecca’s prior experience includes early childhood education, a pediatric outpatient hematology/oncology clinic, a children’s advocacy center, therapeutic summers camps, and other therapeutic boarding school settings.  Rebecca has a desire for lifelong learning and strives to meet students where they are at, while providing learning experiences that allow for success and autonomy to succeed in traditional settings. Rebecca is intrigued by the energy and curiosity of the youth she works with.

She is current graduate student at Lenoir-Rhyne University, studying Sustainable Studies.  With the changing of times, Rebecca is embracing the knowledge and skills she is learning with the goal to building a more sustainable future for all community members & business organizations; using systemic solution-based problem solving. Rebecca holds an undergraduate degree in Child Life from East Carolina University.

When Rebecca is not working you will likely find her outside gardening, hiking, foraging, exploring, or exercising with her three dogs and family members.  As a Western North Carolina native, Rebecca is thankful for the beauty and adventures that the Blue Ridge Mountains provide.

ATTITUDE is the difference between an ordeal or an adventure

– Bob Bitchin

Click Here to go to Asheville Academy