Headmaster's Welcome

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Welcome to Ashley Academy, an independent school nestled in the heart of Johnson City, Tennessee. I am privileged to serve as Headmaster of this school, which has been in existence for over 40 years and is the only non-denominational private school in the greater East Tennessee region. 

The environment at Ashley Academy combines the warmth and security of home with the educational facilities of a school. Classrooms are designed for open discussions and creative teaching styles. The campus is equipped with playgrounds that will cultivate friendships and allow a child’s independent spirit to flourish.


Our teacher-to-student ratio provides individual attention in a nurturing environment.  Diversity is embraced and students are encouraged to think globally and to learn about cultures different from their own.


Ashley Academy is a school that emphasizes concern for each other. High academic standards are woven with high expectations of social responsibility and exemplary personal conduct. Our purpose in such expectations is for our students to develop a sense of honor and integrity that carries them throughout their lives. We want students to become self-motivated, inquisitive, and willing to persevere. Faculty and staff want them to learn, develop and contribute to society.  We want Ashley Academy to serve as the foundation for an outstanding education and a meaningful life in which each student realizes his or her unique potential.


A guiding principle at Ashley Academy is for everyone to strive for excellence. Our teachers are positive role models through their example in the classroom and in the community. Our parents are active and engaged. Our students are courageous and willing to take risks because they know they are cared for and supported by each other as well as their teachers and parents.


I invite you to visit Ashley Academy, a premier independent school that develops scholars, innovators, and leaders.




Ramona Harr


We are very excited about our new facility, located at 2615 South Roan Street in Johnson City!










Ashley Academy was founded in 1979 to provide a challenging educational program to bright and gifted children.  For forty years, Ashley Academy has maintained exemplary standards in the preschool through eighth grade levels. Organized as an independent, co-educational, private school, Ashley Academy promotes learning in an atmosphere that nurtures character, responsibility, and self-worth.


The mission of Ashley Academy is to provide children with unique and challenging learning opportunities in a nurturing, safe, and culturally diverse environment. We develop scholars, innovators, and leaders.


Ashley Academy’s school year consists of four, forty-five day quarters, approximately nine weeks each. School day hours for preschool classes are offered with both full-time (8:00am to 3:30pm) or part-time (8:00am to 12:30pm) enrollment options. Kindergarten through eighth grade hours are 8:00am to 3:30 pm. Students may arrive at the school starting at 7:30 a.m. In order to accommodate families who need child care services before and after the academic day, Ashley Academy offers an extended care program from 7:00am to 7:30am and 3:45pm to 5:30pm.


The teacher-student ratio at Ashley Academy averages 1:10, with an enrollment capacity of 162. The faculty is composed of thirty full- and part-time dedicated professional educators, many of whom have earned graduate degrees. The school also meets all state academic and safety requirements, and is annually approved by the Tennessee State Department of Education.

The Headmaster oversees all matters of the school and faculty. A Board of Directors governs the school and is responsible for selecting the Headmaster.  Board members constitute a range of individuals within the community and school with representation from academic, financial, legal and medical entities as well as parents of Ashley Academy students and alumni.

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