Academic Program Overview
Abundant Life Academy is a fully accredited high school operating under the guidelines and requirements of the State Office of Education. We are a school accredited through the Northwest Accreditation Commission, which is the same as other state high schools, colleges and universities.
Our academic program is designed for a small student body of up to 72 students, grades 7 – 12. Ours is an independent study with tutelage program. The students are registered for grade-appropriate courses, and they work through the courses at their own pace. We maintain minimum weekly expectations according to their individual academic programs, but some students prefer to work ahead.
While the student has some control over his or her own academic program, our teachers closely monitor student progress on a daily basis and adjust the pace as necessary. Students that are lagging behind are given special attention and tutoring.
Most of the school courses we use are computer-based (many public schools are moving to this form of teaching as well, since teens seem to learn better using a computer, especially those who may be distracted by a normal classroom). We also have textbook-based courses for students who work and understand better through this medium.
When a school student has completed all of the high school graduation requirements set forth by the state, he or she is awarded a high school diploma from ALA. Since we are a fully accredited high school, this diploma and all credits will be honored at any college or university in the United States.
As students often transfer to ALA in their 11th or 12th grade years, we realize they may be in the process of preparing to apply to a post-secondary institution. Students are asked in their initial interviews with the Academic Counselor what their post-secondary education plans and career goals are. For seniors, we make every attempt to meet specific application deadlines, both for admissions and scholarships. For juniors, we assist students in registering and preparing for the ACT or SAT tests. We also transport the students to these tests. We provide mock ACT tests that help acquaint them with the time restraints of these tests. Traditionally, ALA students perform very well on the ACT test. While the national composite average on the ACT is 19.2, composite average of ALA students is 22.4.
Abundant Life Academy also integrates some practical vocational courses, both for young men and young women.
Students with an IEP (Individualized Educational Program) are evaluated on a case by case basis. If it is in the IEP students’ best interest to be enrolled at ALA, all areas of implementation of the scaffold classroom experience will be discussed prior to entry. There may be other particular situations, such as honors courses, where the needs of a student may not be covered with the standard tuition rate and will be an additional cost to the parent.