• Success Academy
     

    The Success Academy is a community-based transition program designed for 18 to 22 year old students with developmental disabilities who have the ability and desire to work. It is designed for students who are ready to move into the world of work by transitioning from a traditional school setting to a work setting. A person-centered planning approach is utilized and the employment needs of each student are assessed by Success Academy staff. The Success Academy includes the following two levels:

    • Level II – students for whom independent employment with possible minor support is the desired outcome
      • Students who have been served in an MID self-contained setting
    • Level I – students for whom supported employment is the desired outcome
      • Students who have been served in an MOID self-contained setting

    Students with disabilities participating in Success Academy must be at least 18 years old and have transition needs related to employment.  The students enter the Success Academy after completing four (or more) years of high school. At the end of the student’s senior year, he/she participates in graduation exercises with his/her class. 

     
    The Success Academy is located at the Academy for Advanced Studies at Henry County High School.  The student is transported to the Success Academy each day, but remains enrolled in his/her home high school.

    Students in Level II spend from 8:30 until 1:00 each day at supervised jobsites and in activities at the Success Academy related to life centered functional skills. The teacher and paraprofessional serve as job coaches for students on work sites until 12:00.  At 1:00, the students are transported home.  If a student has secured paid employment or a non-paid internship, the individual is responsible for transportation. A Success Academy teacher and/or paraprofessional serve as job coaches for students on work sites until 4:00.
     
    Students in Level I spend from 8:30 to 12:00 each day working on instructional areas related to independent living skills and prevocational skills. Students spend from 12:00 to 3:00 at supervised jobsites.  The teacher and paraprofessional serve as job coaches for students on work sites.  NOTE:  Depending upon career interests and available training sites, Level I students may alternate morning and afternoon job training schedules.

    ·         Enrollment into the Success Academy is decided by a committee in December of the student’s fourth or final year in high school (senior year). The IEP team must include a Success Academy representative when discussing possible entry into the Success Academy. Students must score a 5 or above on all items on the performance evaluation in order to be accepted into the program and must not have behavioral problems in the classroom or the community. 

     Level II: MID (8:30 – 1:00) CBVI (non-paid)

    ·         9:00 – 12:00 on jobsite

    ·         Back at school for lunch

    ·         Goal is to move to paid employment


    Level I:  MOID Students (8:30 – 3:00) CBVI (non-paid)

    ·         8:30 – 12:00 Functional Academics and Life Skills/Lunch

    ·         12:00 – 3:00 on jobsite

    ·         Goal is to move to paid employment


    Students are transported to the Success Academy and home until employment is secured or a student ages out or graduates.
     
    • All students will participate in Community Based Instructional trips.
    The Success Academy will follow the discipline guidelines from the Henry County Handbook.

     All students and parents are required to sign the Success Academy Contract. 

    Click link to Success Academy Contract 2015-2016a: