The Building Options Program works with secondary schools to establish intervention programs at each of the school sites. These programs provide support to students who are struggling in a traditional classroom environment and provide skill-building supports to help students develop strategies to be successful when returning to the regular classroom. Each program is unique to the school and student needs based on data.
The Graduation Academy features multiple programs. The first program focuses on high school students who are in need of a non-traditional schedule for needs such as work or family responsibilities. The instruction is a blended curriculum of both computer instruction and direct instruction by teachers. The academy also includes a support program for parenting students. In addition, students who have completed all graduation requirements, but need to pass the graduation exams receive individual remediation plans and opportunities to retest.
The Step Ahead Academy works with student in grades 5-8 who are behind their peer group academically. The academy helps students achieve two years of core curriculum in one school year. An essential focus of the school is on building skills necessary to be successful in a higher grade level including academic, social, and emotional skills.
The Phoenix Academy is an alternative education program for students in grades 3-6 that have difficulties with social and behavioral skills in the regular classroom setting. Phoenix offers smaller classroom sizes of 10 students with a teacher and classroom assistant. Phoenix has a full-time Counselor and access to a Behavior Specialist and Social Worker. Mid-Town Mental Health services will be offered upon parent request and availability.
The Marion County Jail program assists in providing instruction to students who are currently being detained in the Marion County Jail. The academy focuses on building transferable skills with students who come from many school districts and are at a variety of grade levels including adult students.