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.

This life-changing program is for students who self-identify as high school dropouts. Participating students are placed in a cohort to work with Academy teachers and mentors, and attend group and personal counseling to help develop healthy behaviors. In 2018, 98% of the seniors in the program graduated from high school and 92% enrolled in post-secondary education.
The Academy program is a three-year plan.  Students are eligible for the program in the 9th grade and the students start the three-year Academy program at the beginning of their 10th grade year:
  • 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.