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Located in the beautiful central hills of middle Tennessee between two magnificent rivers, Natchez Trace Youth Academy works with young people, ages 12 - 17 years old.

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Our Facility

Our 90-bed facility treats young men who may fall into the following categories: court-ordered youth, aggressive youth, and youth who may not have been successful in other residential programs.

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Wilderness Setting

Our facility and our wilderness setting, allows Natchez Trace Youth Academy to offer a safe, deliberate and exhilarating process for stabilizing behavior, assessing physical and psychological health and BLAZING TRAILS FOR SUCCESS.

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Licensed & Accredited

Natchez Trace Youth Academy is CARF accredited and is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities for Residential and the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services for Foster Care.


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Student Life

We provide a safe, structured environment, along with education and vocational training as well as community service opportunities to our students.

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Make a Referral

We treat young males, ages 12 - 17, in need of residential treatment. Contact us to learn more about our Admissions process.


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Native American Programming

We integrate Native American cultural beliefs, teachings, and practices with evidence-based therapeutic treatment, producing a well-rounded, holistic form of care.

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Natchez Trace Youth Academy has distinguishing features that set us aside from other facilities. Our wilderness setting includes Alpine and Rappelling Towers that are utilized in the high-adventure portion of the programming.

We offer programming predominantly known in Native American cultures, but available to all students, which includes a drumming circle, talking circle, sweat lodge, and a medicine wheel.

Camping and hiking trips, equine and pet-assisted therapies and community functions in neighboring towns, including the state fair, sporting events and water parks are also available.