The Knox Appalachian School was founded in 2004 as a joint venture with the Appalachian Children’s Home and the Knox County Board of Education.
The Knox Appalachian School is a public school serving the needs of the children committed to the Children’s Home. We now have 5 certified public school teachers and a Title One Coordinator.
Because of the cooperation of the Children’s Home and the Knox County Board of Education, our students have opportunities that many public schools struggle to provide. We offer educational travel on a 60-passenger tour bus to sites such as the Gatlinburg Aquarium, historical visits by Kentucky history re-enactment specialists, and career days to learn about possible employment opportunities as our residents transition back to community life. Our small student-to-teacher ratios enhance our individual learning goals. Special education services are offered on-site by a certified special education teacher. The school is one of the most technologically advanced schools in the area and is a pilot program for the Plato Learning System.
God has given us a tremendous opportunity to minister to the young people that reside on our campus, but we believe that He desires for us to share our resources to minister to others as well. Adding value to our community, we support widows, retired ministers, youth programs, and food assistance programs. We have established endowed scholarship funds at Eastern Kentucky University and Lincoln Memorial University and offer individuals scholarships at other universities. Organizations such as Barnabas Ministries and First Priority give us an opportunity to contribute to ministries on a wider scale, but we also contribute to deserving individuals who have devoted their lives in service to the Lord.
The Board of Directors and the administration of the Appalachian Children’s Home believe that we have been called to make a difference in both community and international missions projects.
We have contributed to mission trips/projects to such far-reaching areas as Argentina, Guatemala, Iceland, Russia, Alaska, and the Philippines. We have supported mission organizations such as Breaking Ground Ministries, as well as individual missionaries who are working in these areas.