Norris Academy was established as a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) in January 2009 just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. The program was created with a vision to meet the needs of a group of residents with specialized needs who often had limited treatment options in Tennessee. Norris Academy began from humble beginnings as a satellite program on campus at Kingston Academy , the sister program for Norris Academy. The programming that would become the foundation for Norris Academy focused on meeting the needs of 8 children and youth with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In January 2009, Norris Academy moved to its current location to the north of Knoxville and expanded its program to meet the needs of additional children based on the demand of the community. Since that time, Norris Academy has moved from meeting the specialized needs of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis to providing services to 43 children who have a variety of Neurodevelopmental needs, including Autism, Intellectual Disabilities and other processing and developmental disorders. In Summer 2018, Norris is looking forward to expanding its services farther by transitioning 5-10 minutes away to a new location in Andersonville, Tennessee. By taking this step, Norris Academy will be able to serve children and youth in a space that was designed by our team to most effectively provide for the physical and treatment needs of our residents.