A Day In The Life


A Typical School Day at Black Mountain Academy


7:30am

Wake, Personal Hygiene, Breakfast

Morning hygiene followed by breakfast, morning chores, and preparation for school.

8:30am

Morning Meeting

The academic day starts with the morning meeting in which staff and students practice mindfulness, preview the day’s schedule, set goals, and problem solve any concerns that may have arisen.

11:30am

Academic Classes

Students attend classes in groups of less 8-10 to maintain an individualized focus and engaging classroom environment. Each semester the schedule changes based on academic offerings and student course needs.

12:30pm

Lunch/Gym Rotation

Students are placed in smaller groups in which they rotate for lunch and time at Cheshire Fitness Club. Students enjoy choices in their meals with guidance from staff on healthy and balanced meals. At the gym, with supervision from our staff, students go to the gym and implement individualized exercise plans.ly, enjoy respite mid-day and refuel for the remainder of the afternoon.

2:00pm

Academic Classes

Continued academic courses with emphasis upon students sustaining focus and engagement throughout the school day.

4:00pm

Afternoon Responsibilities, Relaxation, and Dinner Preparation

Students attend to any concerns with the cleanliness of their room, utilize leisure and recreation to decompress from school, and participate in preparation of a family-style meal.

5:30pm

Dinner

Staff members model healthy eating habits, coach students on social skills related to meal times, and practice gratitude. We periodically plan special events where students plan and prepare a multicultural meal, eat at one of our local restaurants, or host a guest for dinner.

Dinner cleanup, with the guidance of our staff, allows students to practice vital life skills by attending to dinner cleanup and evening chores.

6:30pm

Evening Activity

Evenings are planned to support leisure-skill development and responsibility. Evening hours typically include homework completion followed by a choice of board games, on campus recreation, guest speakers, and time for student planning, self-care, and reconnection with peers.

9:45pm

Lights Out


A Typical Weekend Day at Black Mountain Academy


8:30am

Wake-up

Morning hygiene followed by breakfast, household chores and deep clean.

9:30am

Deep Clean (Saturdays)

Students work together to maintain their personal and shared spaces each Saturday morning. Our staff work to teach skills that enhance group problem solving, communication, contribution, and attention to detail.

12:30pm

Lunch

Students help plan and prepare some of the meals, thereby building self-confidence and encouraging healthy eating habits. Staff and students plan for afternoon activities.

1:30pm

Recreational Programming

Each weekend, students participate in an array of activities that rotate between community-based and home-based recreation, community service, and student-planned trips. Experiences are designed to strengthen leisure skills, reinforce academic concepts, and develop students’ social and vocational interests.

4:30pm

Chores and Housework

Maintaining a clean and orderly space is another means of self-care our students learn and practice daily. Chores and housework help them establish routines, practice life skills and develop responsibility and organization.

5:30pm

Dinner

Staff members model healthy eating habits, coach students on social skills related to meal times, and practice gratitude. We periodically plan special events where students plan and prepare a multicultural meal, eat at one of our local restaurants, or host a guest for dinner.

6:30pm

Music, Art and Entertainment

Staff and students jointly plan outings to enjoy arts and music or a movie on campus. Examples include taking a walk to the local events, attending a concert or theater production, or touring art exhibits throughout the Asheville area.

7:30pm

Relax

A time for self-care, fun, and reconnection with peers. Students have supportive staff available 24 hours a day.

9:45pm

Lights Out

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