Rutland Academy

Who Are We:

Rutland Academy GNETS is a member of the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support. We are a program serving students with emotional and behavioral disorders which require therapeutic interventions due to the severity of one or more of the characteristics of their disability. Our students reside in the following school system zones: Barrow, Clarke, Commerce City, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson City, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Social Circle City, and Walton.

1250 Oglethorpe Avenue
Athens, Georgia 30606
Tel (706) 549-3030 ext. 402
Fax (706) 613-7142

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Our Mission

The mission of Rutland Academy is to provide a therapeutic and educational environment that empowers students to be academically, behaviorally, and socially successful through collaboration with regional school systems, families, and community organizations.

GNETS History

In 1970, the first GNETS program, the Rutland Center, was established in Athens to serve as a prototype for the statewide network that now exists. Based on a model developed by Dr. Mary M. Wood, the program was funded by the State of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Education to serve students from two to 14 years of age. Additional pilot programs were initiated in Brunswick and Savannah in 1971. By 1976, 24 GNETS programs were established throughout Georgia and then expanded to serve adolescents over the age of 14 in 1979.

Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support

The Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) is comprised of 24 programs which support the local school systems’ continuum of services for students with disabilities, ages 3-21. The programs provide comprehensive educational and therapeutic support services to students who might otherwise require residential or other more restrictive placements due to the severity of one or more of the characteristics of the disability category of emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD).

How Can A Student Attend Rutland Academy?

Rutland Academy is part of the public school system. You must make contact with your home school systems’ Special Education Director and discuss the referral process. Below you will find the contact information for each system we serve.

Students receiving services through a GNETS Program are referred by their local system through the Individual Education Program (IEP) process. An IEP team may consider in-class services by a GNETS program for a child with an emotional and behavioral disorder (EBD) based upon documentation of the severity of the duration, frequency and intensity of one or more characteristics of the EBD. This documentation must include prior extension of less restrictive services and data which indicate such services have not enabled the child to benefit educationally. For children receiving in-class services, local schools are actively involved and exit criteria are developed upon entry into the GNETS program.


Rutland Academy provides services for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. We are housed in a state-of-the art facility which opened in January 2009. Our program combines the Georgia Performance Standards with positive therapeutic supports.

Our teachers, paraprofessionals, art and music therapist receive specialized training to support the unique needs of the students we serve. We establish exit criteria for each student during their initial IEP meeting and strive to support our students’ goal of returning to their home school.