Hope Academy, a high school for students in recovery from substance-use disorders, will be in a new location in July.
Executive Director Rachelle Gardner says it will remain a tuition-free, public charter high school, where students earn their Core 40 diploma away from the pressures and temptations of traditional high school.
“Because we are so small we are able to meet each child where they are, both academically, and substance use and mental health, and create a new pathway for them," says Gardner.
The new location is located at 3919 Madison Ave., near the University of Indianapolis. The school will continue to operate without disruption of services to students during the transition.
“I am excited about this new chapter and the significant opportunities it will provide staff, students and families of Hope Academy,” said Gardner. “By investing in the future of Hope Academy we are continuing to demonstrate our longstanding commitment to providing a safe, sober and challenging academic experience for teens struggling with, and recovering from, substance abuse.”
Hope officials say they believe the move is a critical step toward serving even more students who are working to maintain their sobriety while receiving their high school diploma.
“Hope Academy is another valuable resource that we have to help support students in our schools,” said Patrick Mapes, superintendent of Perry Township schools. “They are a proven leader in helping students who are dealing with a substance dependency and we are happy to welcome Hope Academy to the Southside of Indianapolis.”
Applications are open and appointments are available with staff. The school year is scheduled to begin Aug. 10.