"When these students are given tools, support and inspiration, they will continue to blossom and grow."

Tom Johnson, Founder, Trousdale School


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Trousdale School serves high functioning adults with intellectual disabilities, providing academics and life skills for the purpose of learning independence.  At Trousdale School, our vision is “Learning for Life.”  We strive to be an authentic community in which students are empowered to continue learning across all dimensions of their lives, both inside and outside the classroom.  Because we emphasize real-world situations and application of knowledge and skills, our educational approach can be termed “life-wide” learning.  All students are age 22 or older.

Trousdale School’s holistic approach to education includes classes in traditional academic subjects (such as science, math, and reading), the arts (drama, music, and visual arts), as well as electives (cooking, gardening, etc).  Students play on sports teams and receive training in personal fitness and computers.  Trousdale School also provides programming that teaches life skills, as well as vocational coaching with the goal of job placement for each interested student.  The educational approach of “life-wide” learning does not simply focus on one particular subset of skills with an individual, but rather it focuses on skills and interests across the whole life of that individual.  At Trousdale School, this learning takes places in a community of true friends who cheer one another on and always strive for excellence.  Students take great pride in their achievements and in their community.

NCASES Accreditation

As of January 2015, Trousdale School is officially accredited by the National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services!  The School joins a group of less than twenty five across the nation, and the only organization in Tennessee with this particular accreditation.  NCASES is a subset of National Association of Private Special Education Centers, and their respective websites are NCASES.org and NAPSEC.org. Please click here to read more about our accreditation.

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