Discipline referrals have been reduced by over 95% compared to their pre-Academy levels.
98% of Academy students graduate from high school.
92% enrollment rate in secondary schools.
- Year One: Teaching Success: Making them students
- Year Two: Connecting Lives: Community partnerships and integration
- Year Three: Post-Graduation Plans: College and career planning
Academy students have a carefully planned schedule and receive individualized attention from academy teachers and administrators. In the morning, students travel as a group to each of their four core classes (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) taught by academy teachers. In the afternoon, students are enrolled in a Guided Studies course where they are paired with student mentors. The students receive tutoring, get help with their organization, and check grades weekly with their mentors. Students also participate in an elective of choice with the general population of the school. Academy students stay with their group of peers and their Academy teachers for the remainder of their years in high school.
Weekly our students meet in smaller groups for group counseling. Students are also given the option for one on one counseling with a licensed therapist. The opportunity to share personal issues helps the students become healthier and more capable to deal with school.
Each semester our students are given the opportunity to apply for local internships through Partners in Education, a non-profit that places students in community businesses in order to explore career opportunities.
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ABOUT KELLY CHOI
Kelly Choi has served as director of the Academy since its beginning, overseeing each of The Academy’s cohorts and ensuring the integrity of the program. In her teaching position, Kelly leads the guided studies course. Here, she works with the students on their “habits of heart,” or social-emotional standards, and life skills beyond academics.
Through The Academy, Kelly has become better able to handle different student behaviors and understand that these issues can stem from outside of the classroom. Taking the time to talk individually with students goes a long way in her eyes. “That time buys back way more focus,” says Kelly, “once I have them feel better about whatever is going on, then they can go back to learning. Everyone else can go back to learning.”
For Kelly, the real joy from her job comes from the students and their journey. “The very best thing about it is that we get to watch them really transform into a better version of themselves. Because we work with them for three years, we get to see their maturity develop. We get to see how they start coping with things differently. We get to celebrate their growth.”
Kelly’s passion for student success embodies the entire purpose of The Academy for Success. It is what allows the students to go from potential high school dropouts to confident graduates prepared for their next stage in life.