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 Jubilee, we gauge the student’s ability to tolerate standard learning methods. Each and every student is provided with a therapeutic evaluation by our counseling department soon after arrival, 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.
Jubilee Leadership 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.
Currently, we use the Apex Learning System (www.apexlearning.com), for those students under the age of 16, and Graduation Alliance (www.graduationalliance.com), for those 16 and over, which places primary emphasis on obtaining credits towards graduation in a quick and targeted manner. This enables older students who may have fallen short of graduation requirements for their age/grade level to “catch up” and earn a diploma in a timely fashion.
Both educational programs we offer are accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), an accreditation division of AdvancED. The certificate of accreditation recognizes our programs for promoting and maintaining a well-balanced education program and for exceeding standards considered essential for quality education.
Apex Learning courses with instruction provided by Apex Learning teachers have been approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA*) as meeting the requirements for establishing the initial-eligibility certification status for high school student-athletes wishing to compete in college.
Formal tutors are available for those students in need of extra assistance and every staff member at Jubilee Leadership Academy is willing to help any student in those areas in which they have special knowledge, i.e. Math, English, Spanish, History, Biology, Health, etc. Name a subject, and there is someone at Jubilee who knows it!
Jubilee also provides her students with many vocational programs, as well as credits for Art and Physical Education. Our vocational programs include – Wood Shop and Carpentry, Animal Sciences (Equine and Bovine), Facilities/Maintenance and Cooking/Baking/Food Services. Educational credits are earned by the credit hour attended in each specialty. Evaluations and grades are issued at the end of each semester, as with the regular academic classes.
Students who do well in any of our programs are offered special privileges and duties as Student Leaders. As a student leader, they are asked to set an example and help other students achieve while in class and at home in the dormitories after hours. Special consideration is given to those students who are reaching their goals in school, such as a “game room” day on Friday, when the game room is open for play.
As mentioned earlier, grades and transcripts are obtained as soon as possible after arrival from the previous schools attended. Most times, these transcripts show a student who was, at one time, achieving at least the minimum required credits and then, suddenly, things changed to failing most classes. We strive to seamlessly transfer any credits previously earned and base placement in classes at Jubilee on them. Jubilee Leadership Academy is a private school, but we follow the calendar year of the Prescott School District. We strive to “partner up” with local schools for team sports and extracurricular activities. We wish for our students to have the opportunities offered to all students in their age group, and encourage interaction with those attending local public high schools. Students are given the options of half day school with the other half attending a vocational program, or full day school for those who wish to earn credits at an accelerated rate.
Students who leave the program in good standing may be given the option to continue using the online academic programs at home. The goal of Jubilee Leadership Academy’s academic department is for each individual to be able to learn to their fullest capacity, with an eye on higher education and job opportunities for the future by clearing out the obstacles of the past.