New Perspectives - Feb,
1994 Issue #26
ROCKY TOP ACADEMY
Robert L. Jordan, M.D., Ph.D., Ex. Dir.
"Tom Gregory" Finucane, Admissions & Prog. Dir.
Rocky Top Academy, an experiential emotional growth (special purpose) academic boarding
school for boys in the 6th through 12th grades is a new program opening its doors on March 1st. It is a non-profit joint venture operated
by Dr. Robert L. Jordan and the founder of Eagle Mountain Outpost Tom Finucane.
Accepted are physically healthy male adolescents who are unsuccessful in the family setting,
public or private school and/or community. The school operates year-round with additional summer programs for skill building and academic
catch-up. Special emphasis is on outdoor experiences and nature.
The goal of Rocky Top Academy is to provide a balanced, whole-life education, tuned and
adjusted to individual needs that can reconnect every child with his unique sense of purpose. The outcome will be enthusiasm and the
desire to view all types of learning, whether in the classroom or in life situations, as growth challenges.
Failure is not an option in the academic program. At both the high school and elementary
levels the academic program at Rocky Top Academy is an individualized year-round program. Each concept is worked upon until it is
mastered, allowing each student to work at his own pace.
One of the major emphasis of Rocky Top is to develop a student body responsive to positive
peer pressure. Family intensive weekends are scheduled on a regular basis. All family members are encouraged to attend problem solving
and awareness training exercises. The weekends will focus on individual, group and family dynamics, and communication skills.
The average length of stay at the academy is 12 months although students may stay in order
to complete their high school education.
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