The Heritage Community leadership team is proud to announce that beginning in January 2019 the Peers and Elevate Academies will have individualized academic tracks to meet the learning differences among its student populations.
Over the past five years, as the Peers and Elevate Academies have become increasingly recognized by referring professionals and as the learning styles of our students have become more clearly defined, we have developed more specialized and advanced instructional styles and formats to meet our students’ learning differences.
Beginning in January, our Activities Center will become the Elevate Academy school building with one hall dedicated to our female students and the other hall dedicated to male students. Elevate Academy principal Joni Reynolds will oversee instruction within the Elevate Academy.
Peers Academy principal Matty Bryant leads the Peers school including a co-ed school instructional environment. As a leader in treatment for neuro-diverse students, the Peers Academy stands alone in providing and encouraging co-ed interaction among its students.
Current research suggests that a co-ed learning environment provides much-needed opportunities for social and learning engagement. In the Peers Academy, these co-ed opportunities are unparalleled in residential treatment.
Specialization Helps Target Student Needs
Our investment in school specialization will not only better meet the needs of our student population, but will allow us to continue to provide the benefits of the Heritage Community in the following ways:
- Direct classroom instruction
- Small class sizes of fewer than 10 students each
- Teachers who are Special Education Certified or in the process of completing their certification
- Two Academic Advisors per academy
- Community activities that all academies participate in together, including school plays, intramural athletics, campus-wide activities/parties, assemblies, worship services, holiday observances etc. It is during these activities that students will be able to continue to build healthy friendships with those from the other academies.
The combination of the advancements in clinical sophistication over the past several years and specialized schools truly sets apart the Heritage Community and its three programs, Elevate, Peers and Launch, as leaders in the field of adolescent treatment services.