The vast property at The Forge School is surrounded by the East Tennessee Mountains on 55 acres with direct access to the Hiwassee River. With the world-class Ocoee only a short distance away there are many opportunities for water and outdoor sporting activities for your son, all under the direct supervision of our coaches.
Empathy-Driven Connections and Activity-Fueled Healing
Our founder, Joe Barnard, spent 33 years working for the Department of Defense as an elite rescue man in the U.S. Air Force. Today, he applies the self-discipline he learned in the Air Force to teens at The Forge School. He believes he can help create positive change in any boy or young man’s life. Joe is always present at the school, and he helps establish a purpose in each young man who lives at the center.
Joe brings an artful and intentional mix of the structure and grit of his military background, love and passion for adventure, and his grounded and centered energy to work with our young men to develop the skills to initiate positive behavioral change and become resilient leaders and visionaries.
Cast in Commitment,
Molded With Purpose
The Forge School is an innovative residential treatment program and school developed in response to the emotional and neurobiological needs of boys and young men. At The Forge School, we combine the immersion of extraordinary outdoor experiences, empathetic and attuned individual and family counseling, and exceptional educational rigor to help build greatness beyond an education.
Through our dynamic and immersive educational goals and our commitment to our CASA model, we aim to forge healing with the joy that comes from experiencing acceptance, security, and attunement in a committed home (CASA). This holistic educational experience with tactile and engaging life skills will help facilitate a deeper understanding of each student’s core sense of self and initiate positive behavioral change.
Our goal is to inspire a new confidence and way of being through a shift in the lens of how our students learn. We illuminate a better way to educate young men and forge the path for mighty leadership to be formed.