Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How are you different from a resource room program in a public school?
The Academy focuses on identifying the academic and social needs of each child it educates, and on using that knowledge to help students perform to the best of their ability. We are a diagnostic and prescriptive program that, due to individualization, can take a child from the remedial stage to any level they may achieve. We help children build on their success, and because we are a whole school, students do not feel singled out for their differences.
Does the Academy grant diplomas for their students? I heard that private schools don't offer a real diploma.
Private schools, including the Academy, do offer diplomas to their students. Our school is recognized by the State of Michigan, and is authorized to grant diplomas upon completion of our proscribed high school course of study. Students who require a significantly modified curriculum will see that information reflected in their transcript, which parents will always know about well in advance. Click here for a link to our graduation requirements spreadsheet, which shows the credits necessary (24) to graduate, and how those are spread over the curriculum.
Why was the Academy started?
In 1997 Nancy Brockbank, Devon Beidler, and Brenda and Murray Meisels realized the need for a school that would address the issues faced by students who struggle with attention issues. These students often fall through the cracks in larger settings without specialized teaching methodologies, as they are commonly perceived as lazy or confrontational, unable to succeed. The Brockbanks and the Meisels both had children experiencing these very problems, and those children were among our first graduates. The Academy exists to help children develop the skills to be capable learners and contributing citizens to their world.
Who at the Academy do I talk to to address issues my child is having?
Each student at the Academy has an adviser (in the Lower School, it is the head teacher) who is the primary liaison between the school and the family. The adviser also acts as an advocate for the student in such matters as conflicts with peers and teachers, switching classes, etc. At the beginning of the year, you will find out who your child's adviser is. They should give reasonably frequent feedback concerning your child's progress and be available before and after school and by appointment to discuss any concerns. If you need contact information for your child's adviser, you can use Schoology or call the office.