The King's Daughters' School

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Basic Information

Address: 412 West 9th Street, Columbia, TN 38401
County: Maury County
Phone Number: 931-388-3810
Fax Number: 931-388-0405

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Additional Information

President: Shauna Pounders, Executive Director
School Type: Private, Non-Profit Special Education Boarding School
Founded: 1955
Ages/Grades: Ages 7-22 in school age programming
School Setting:

Two campuses located in Columbia, Tennessee. The Total Lifestyles Program on Main Campus and our Center for Autism campus are designed to meet the needs of students with intellectual disabilities and/or developmental delays. Students live on campus full time, year-round and enjoy individualized instruction and a therapeutic approach to recreation and socialization.

School Size: 112 on Main Campus, 24 at Center for Autism
Classroom Size: 8 students
Student/Teacher Ratio: 4 students to 1 staff on Main Campus; 3 students to 1 staff at Center

Day Students: $3,000/month+, Residential: $6,750/month+ (Tuition Varies)

Financial Aid:

Funding sources are limited to private pay or school district funding (if applicable)

Percentage of Graduating Class: Students graduate with a special education certificate upon completion of program
Support Services:

Counseling, speech, and occupational therapy services are available as add-on contracts on an individual student basis

Summer School: Yes
School Clubs:

The King's Daughters' School participates in Special Olympics year-round. The school enjoys after-school clubs ranging from sports, art, music, and life skills year-round as well.

Uniform Guidelines:

Students wear uniform tee-shirts and khakis

Admissions Requirements:

Please visit for a complete overview of our admissions guidelines and process.

Mission Statement:

The King’s Daughters’ School promotes independence through educational, residential, and community services for individuals with developmental disabilities, continuing a 100-year legacy of service.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The King’s Daughters’ School will improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities through caring, goal oriented service delivered by dedicated staff in a safe, warm learning environment.

School History:

The King’s Daughters was organized in New York in 1886 by Mrs. Margaret Bottome and designed through circles of peers to perform charitable services to others “In His Name.” By 1888, Mrs. Annie White established a group in Maury County, Tennessee. In 1912, the group built and operated the first hospital in Maury County, located in Columbia. It was the only hospital in the county until 1954. At that time, the Maury County Hospital was completed and The King’s Daughters’ Hospital was closed. In order to continue their services, The King’s Daughters and Sons established The King’s Daughters’ School (formerly the Hospital) in 1955 as a private, non-profit residential school for children ages seven through twenty-two with a primary diagnosis of mild to moderate intellectual disability.

Notes/School Information:

The King's Daughters' School has more than 60 years' experience in serving individuals with intellectual disabilities. Our co-educational program includes functional education classes, as well as social and recreational activities (planned by a full-time Recreational Therapist), and daily living skills training in our residential homes.

KDS is primarily made up of two campuses: our Main Campus and The Center for Autism campus. Both are located in Columbia, TN, which is approximately one hour south of Nashville.

The Main Campus is highly structured and individualized to meet each student's needs and offers school-aged programming (Total Lifestyles Program) that focuses on functional academics, independent living skills, job readiness, and behavior management. The staff to student ratio is 1:4 with a 24/7 wake staff. The Main Campus also offers adult programming in our Young Adult Academy for adults aged 22+.

The Center for Autism is a separate campus that provides training for students with more severe communication, self-help, behavioral, transitioning, and/or social challenges. Adolescent students (up to age 18 at enrollment) with classic autism are best served at our Center for Autism. The staff to student ratio is 1:3 with a 24/7 wake staff.