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Bachman Academy’s Mission is to empower students who have learning differences to develop the skills and values necessary for success in our global community.

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June 13, 2011 at 8:35 am

Andre’ and proud parents

"Our proud moment..... and you thought moses parting the sea was a miracle." Fairuz Nassif

"Our proud moment..... and you thought moses parting the sea was a miracle." Fairuz Nassif, United Arab Emirates


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June 10, 2009 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

Horse Camp off to galloping start

Today was the first day of the first session of Horse Camp at Bachman Academy. The campers, ages 9-14 this week, range in riding experience from beginners to intermediate riders.

Before the beginners even had time to be nervous, Mrs. Trotter had everyone booted, helmeted, mounted and off onto the trails. Along the way she went over the dos and don’ts of horse safety and by the time they stopped for a break, everyone looked as comfortable as cowboys in their saddles.


Bachman Horse Camp_riding the trails

For the rest of the week, the campers will be practicing in the arena in the mornings and on the trails after their mid-morning break. This Friday at 9:00 a.m. in the arena, there will be an exhibition of all the skills they have learned this week.

Bachman Horse Camp_riding back to the barns

Bachman Horse Camp_riding back to the barns

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June 8, 2009 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Win $10,000 scholarship

Parents, enter to win a $10,000 Scholarship
for Your Child & $10,000 for Your School!

To enter, simply go to and fill out the entry form for you and your school to have a chance to win.


More about the Lands’ End Partners in Education Scholarship Sweepstakes

Lands’ End has announced an exciting scholarship and school fund raising
opportunity exclusively for parents and schools participating in the Lands’ End school uniform program. We are delighted that we are one of the qualified schools eligible to enter and parents, we need your help to win. Lands’ End is hosting the sweepstakes with prizes and funding valued at over $100,000.

Starting April 26, 2009, parents of students currently enrolled in our school are eligible to submit an entry in the Lands’ End Partners in Education Scholarship Sweepstakes. Parents simply need to log onto and fill out the online entry for a chance to win. Parents can enter from April 26th through July 15th, 2009.

During the first week of August, Lands’ End will randomly select five eligible grand prize winners and award each a $10,000 scholarship to be placed into a pre-established 529 qualified tuition plan account. For every winning family, the corresponding Lands’ End Preferred School will also win $10,000 for funding to be used as needed. Also, an additional 100 families will each win a $100 Lands’ End Gift Card that can be used toward school uniform purchases.

“Lands’ End is excited to offer a helping hand to parents and their students’
schools as our education partners are facing increasing educational expenses,” said Nick Coe, Lands’ End President. “We hope all parents will take advantage of this exciting opportunity to enter the Lands’ End Partners in Education Scholarship Sweepstakes to be eligible to win a $10,000 student scholarship and $10,000 for their school fund raising efforts.”

Enter today at, Lands’ End will be selecting and
awarding $10,000 each to five winning parents and five winning schools in August. The more parent entries from our school, the more chances we have to win $10,000 towards our school’s fund raising efforts.

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June 4, 2009 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

Bachman Staff Cookout

Bachman Academy Faculty and Staff

Bachman Academy Faculty and Staff

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June 1, 2009 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

Senior Banquet Honors

The Five Point Museum in Cleveland, TN was filled with emotional highs and lows as the faculty and staff roasted their seniors at a banquet in their honor on May 15, 2009.  The large conference room was crowded as nearly 100 parents, peers, faculty and staff gathered to honor the 9 seniors.

Mr. Bob McPeak, Bachman’s Woodworking Instructor, organized the event with the assistance of Melody Savio, the Academy’s Business Manager.  Mr. Bob, as he is fondly called by the students,  put together a terrific Year in Review video presentation.

Senior students receiving honors were:

Hannah Miller of Kentucky: Math Award

Hana Hinds from Maryland: Woodworking and Auto Mechanic Award

David Kamitsuka from North Carolina: Upper North Dorm Award

Chris Manchik of Chattanooga: President’s Educational Excellence Award

Andre Nassif from Dubai: President’s Educational Achievement Award

Natalie Taveras from Atlanta: American Citizenship Award, Horticulture Award, John Muir Naturalist Award and Lupton Dorm Award

It is going to be difficult to replace this graduating class.  Hannah, Hana, David and Natalie served on Bachman’s Student Leadership Council, as well as a variety of community service projects and clubs.

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May 30, 2009 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

Press Release: Terry Cannon Keynote Speaker at Commencement

Artist Terry Cannon to Keynote Bachman Academy Commencement

CLEVELAND, TN – Terry Cannon, local folk artist whose work is included in the permanent collections of the Mennello Museum of American Folk Art, Cadillac, Disney, and Coca-Cola among others, is slated to be the keynote speaker at Bachman Academy’s 2009 Commencement Ceremonies, Saturday, May 16.

Terry Cannon speaking at Bachman Academy commencement

Terry Cannon, right, speaking at Bachman Academy commencement ceremony.

Cannon, a self-taught artist, began creating whimsical images as a child. He says that his work reflects gratitude in being a participant in the journey of life. “I believe we each have our gifts from the creator…and it takes courage to discover and honor these gifts,” says Cannon. “I feel completely connected to a higher power when I am making art, and I love it when people react to my work with smiles and laughter. It reminds me that we are all connected.”

“The creative process for me is inspiration, intuition, and improvisation. An image comes to me, and I allow creativity to flow through me. I share the belief of many artists that I am merely the vessel. The colors, textures, and images in my work are a constant source of surprise and wonder to me. I would say that the main statement I wish to convey through my art is that life is a magnificent gift, and I am so very grateful to be a participant.”

Cannon is an ideal choice for commencement speaker for the Bachman Academy graduation, since the skills necessary to be a successful artist and entrepreneur are similar to the skills the Bachman graduates have learned in order to overcome and to harness the advantages in their various learning differences. For example, one of the graduates has had great success with art therapy this year, and as a result has been accepted to college and will be pursuing a degree in art in the fall.

Since changing its focus in 1999 to educating children with learning differences, the Academy has graduated 74 students. These students were on the path to becoming drop-out statistics if not for the intervention of their parents and the knowledgeable staff at Bachman Academy.  Their learning differences created obstacles that seemed insurmountable. However, with an almost one to one staff to student ratio, and a one-of-a-kind curriculum, Bachman students have the rare opportunity to achieve their academic goals while learning to capitalize on their individual learning styles.

Bachman Academy, a school for students in grades K-12 who have learning differences like Dyslexia and AD/HD, will hold its eighth commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at First Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, Tennessee. The Class of 2009 is comprised of nine students, eight from the US and one international student from Dubai. The states represented are the District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.

To learn more about Bachman Academy, call 423-479-4523, or check them out on the web at For more information about Terry Cannon’s artwork visit

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May 26, 2009 at 3:24 pm Leave a comment

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