We Make Academics a Top Priority
At Heartland Boys Academy, we value education and academics as being an integral and necessary part of the lives of our students. We also realize that many of our students may have unresolved life questions that may be obstacles to conventional learning methods.
While we place an important emphasis on counseling and relationships, we understand that academics are also a critical part of the boy’s future. Our program is designed to help get our students from “I can’t learn” to “I can’t wait to learn.” We provide unique educational opportunities including credit retrieval for students that have gotten behind in school.
When a young man arrives at Heartland, we gauge the student’s ability to tolerate standard learning methods. Each and every student is provided with an Individualized Student Success Plan while simultaneously the student’s transcripts and previous school records are used to build a plan for which classes are needed for completion of the ultimate academic goal of obtaining a high school diploma.
Heartland Boys Academy uses an online curriculum, allowing for students of all academic levels to be able to enter classes and work at their own pace. Teachers and instructors are available in the classroom to assist with any questions or technical help with the computers.
Heartland is a Department of Education registered non-public school. Our teachers assist students in two available self-paced Christian curriculums (Accelerated Christian Education and Edgenuity), offering tutorial help when needed. A high school diploma is awarded upon graduation.
Accreditation and Dual Enrollment — Students at Teen Challenge’s private Christian School are simultaneously enrolled in Edgenuity’s Online school. Edgenuity is fully accredited by Cognia, the world’s largest educational community with over 27,000 public and private schools. It gives students courses through an accredited program that will help them transfer credits, apply for federal grants, and pursue admission to colleges or universities while still being enrolled at Teen Challenge’s private Christian School. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has also approved the Edgenuity instructional model and curriculum for student-athletes online instruction.
Our partnership with Edgenuity produces an educational atmosphere that spurs a desire to succeed, which gains momentum and encourages students to reach their full potential. Students achieve phenomenal progress towards high school completion and beyond. We use a fully accredited online middle and high school curriculum facilitated by our own classroom teachers.
While the Edgenuity program is intuitive and self-paced, our own certified classroom teachers make sure that our students keep up their coursework, offer to tutor, answer any questions, and give each student plenty of encouragement. Our teachers can see at a glance how well each student is doing through the online Edgenuity portal. Students who fail to keep up or are having difficulty with a certain topic are specifically helped, but if they are dragging their feet out of rebellion, they may lose out on some privileges like outings and fun times until they choose to get caught up.
- Multi Award-winning platforms for virtual learning.
- Fully accredited by COGNIA (formerly known as AdvancEd).
- Three levels of Internet filtering/monitoring for a safe & secure online learning experience.
- Flexible course options.
- College courses are available for those that graduate from HS while in the program.
Some of the more difficult courses requiring teacher and class feedback are taught in a traditional teacher-led daily class, including Algebra I, Spanish I, and Anatomy/Physiology.
At Heartland, we emphasize individual learning. Once a student has individually mastered one concept, he may move ahead to the next concept without having to wait on a classroom of students, so many students are able to either catch up or get far ahead in their studies. School officials maintain professional transcripts and progress reports for record-keeping. Teachers at Heartland are accessible to parents on family weekends and by phone or email for updates on their son’s academic progress.
Our mission is to assist young men in setting and pursuing personal, educational goals. Because we are a year-round alternative type school, semester dates may not coordinate with traditional schools. Heartland provides Kentucky state-mandated curriculum for middle grades 6-8 and high school grades 9-12. Every student has the opportunity to earn the required high school credits needed for graduation.
ACT & SAT Testing – we only do one or the other. I believe for this location we will only do the ACT testing here.
NWEA MAPS – testing assessments at our school at least 2 – 3 times annually. We do send these results to parents and schools after they leave our program.
How Our Academic Program is Different
Our educators and support staff strive to match the student’s courses with courses from their primary school. We work closely with the parents and students to design an individualized program of study that best supports the child’s past educational progress and future educational or career goals.
Our teachers and counselors also lead our own faith-based character-building training courses with the students, which are a key aspect of our overall program. We utilize the Bible and landmark books by today’s leading evangelical Christian authors to teach key concepts. Christian speakers and musicians visit our campus to provide spiritual instruction, encouragement, and motivation, and the boys are taken to off-campus spiritual events.
In today’s culture, what we DON’T teach is almost as important as what we DO teach…
Unlike today’s public schools and schoolbooks, we don’t push a sociopolitical agenda, race theories, gender manipulation, and altered American history. We simply teach the most important skills needed in life and we help our students find real purpose and meaning.
Students learn to become independent while building strong academic and problem-solving skills. Our academic program teaches to the child’s strengths and enables our teachers to intercede when conditions indicate help is needed. Close supervision, the latest education technology, and individual workstations support and motivate students to continue their education throughout the time they are in our behavioral therapy program. Individual tutoring is also available in the classroom for specific subjects.
Our academic program includes:
• Fully Transferable Credits
• Cognia Accreditation
• Latest Technology
• Optional Tutorial Services
• Low Student-to-Teacher Ratio
• Skill Building
• Educational Remediation
• Credit Recovery
• College Preparatory Courses
• GED/SAT/ACT Preparation
Students thrive and get ahead on our structured, year-round schedule. Our educational routine is focused on the classic educational basics, but we also emphasize character, honor, respect, time management skills, responsibility, and accountability. Academic expectations are taken seriously, and our students discover a sense of pride in succeeding with each new educational level.
Self-control and self-discipline are key benefits of our academic program — two character traits that will help them succeed in every aspect of their life. They discover true satisfaction and confidence from attaining goals and achieving good grades, through hard work and self-management. This helps students transform into productive and cultivated adults upon graduation and beyond.