Online High School Gives Kids Control Over their Academic Success
Austin’s University High School, the first recovery high school in Central Texas, opened this past August with a specific mission: to enable each of its students to fulfill his or her personal and academic potential within a supportive and sober recovery environment.
The Bridge School and University High School formed an academic partnership that provides the necessary blending of accredited curriculum, supportive environment, and flexible delivery students in recovery need.
“High school students in recovery need not only a challenging academic environment, they also need teachers who know how to provide support and encouragement, while holding students accountable for their performance in school,” says Becky Ahlgrim, Executive Director of University High School.
“The academic advisors and teachers at The Bridge School have the experience with teenagers in recovery, and can deliver this unique combination of requirements.”
The Bridge School is a private online school providing 200+ courses. The school is located in Houston, Texas and is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) and approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) through the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC): School # 101-232-001.
“The combination of The Bridge School and University High School provides a platform that enables students to succeed; academically, personally and in their recovery,” says Dr. Leonard Brown, Head of School at The Bridge School.
“Teens who have battled drug and alcohol addiction have a lot of starts and stops on their transcript in terms of credit completion. Our Academic Advisors are diligent about looking through each student’s records to create a custom education plan that identifies precisely where the student needs to pick up with a course to earn credits toward graduation. It’s so motivating for students to realize they have made progress, and that they won’t lose what time they have put into their high school education,” says Dr. Brown.
There are several students who plan to complete in December, and more in the spring. Many are looking at registering with community colleges or 4-year university programs post-graduation.