- Create a supportive and enthusiastic environment for your recovery and education
- Work collaboratively with your Alternative Peer Group (APG) in supporting your emotional, social, mental, physical and spiritual development
- Offer opportunities for daily “check-in” and “closing” so you can work through issues that may stand in the way of your educational process each day
- Provide brief counseling interventions if necessary, to address any behavioral/emotional/recovery issues that surface while at school
- Perform random and frequent drug tests, reinforcing your accountability and ensuring your compliance with our Mission
- Listen to you and hold you accountable with love
- Treat your teen with love, acceptance and respect, especially if they are having a rough time and are acting out
- Return your calls within one business day if you leave a message
- Work with your family to ensure the well-being of your teen
- Provide support of, and collaboration with, APGs, psychiatrists, educational consultants and other professionals as needed
- Be clear and consistent with disciplinary consequences and create therapeutic contracts with your teen when necessary
- Openly hear any feedback you have regarding your teen’s education and development
- Provide services and activities that prepare your teen for life beyond high school including, but not limited to: college guidance counseling, study preparation, résumé building and vocational counseling
THE BIG GOAL: REACHING BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL
At Archway Academy, we prepare our students for life beyond high school. To maximize your options, we believe it is our responsibility to encourage you to do the following:
- Keep track of your high school credits and be sure that you meet all local and state requirements by the end of your senior year.
- Consider taking dual enrollment courses to earn college credit while still in high school.
- Begin a list of awards and honors you receive (handy for scholarship applications!) as well as extracurricular activities.
- Conduct research, starting in your sophomore year, on colleges and universities you are interested in attending. Determine their prerequisites for admission and application deadlines.
- Explore your interests and take advantage of College Day and Career Day activities offered at Archway Academy throughout the year. Talk with representatives face-to-face and learn about financial aid possibilities.
- Learn about available scholarships. Apply early for as many scholarships as possible and do not limit yourself to local opportunities!
- In your sophomore year, consider taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) for practice; in your junior year, take the PSAT to enter the National Merit Scholarship Competition.
- Take the ACT and/or SAT, preferably in your junior year but no later than the fall of your senior year.