Model Program

The Academy

18300 Cochran Blvd.
Port Charlotte, FL 33948

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Contact Information:
Mrs. Chantal M. Phillips
Director of Interventions and Dropout Prevention Services

Program Specification:






Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Early Childhood
High School


School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Behind in credits, not successful in regular high school, teen parent, dropout.


The Academy is an alternative high school centrally located on the campus of the Charlotte Technical Center in Charlotte County, Florida. It serves students district wide that would otherwise not complete their high school experience. The motto for The Academy is "Whatever it Takes" for students to graduate and have a successful life. Many of the students attending participate in vocational classes, Edison Community College dual enrollment classes, or work part-time for on the job training experience. Academy students receive a standard high school diploma either by completion of 24 credits or with the GED Exit Option and have all passed the FCAT. The smaller caring community of teachers and support staff along with high expectations and lots of nurturing make all the difference in the world. Two graduations per year are held for the many students who complete all graduation requirements and many of these students receive scholarships to continue their studies in post-secondary opportunities.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Alternative Education, Attendance/Truancy, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Computer Assisted Instruction, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Credit Recovery, Early Childhood Education, Family/Parental Involvement, GED, Homeless, Service Learning, Students with Disabilities, Study Skills, Substance Abuse, Teen Pregnancy, Virtual Learning

Strategies for Locating Students:

Starting Date: 1999
Students Served Per Year: 250-500
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: 21-25%
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High number of work hours
  • Parenthood
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • Misbehavior

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations
  • Sibling(s) has dropped out
  • Low contact with school

School factors

  • School size: too small/too large
  • School policies and practices
  • Student engagement
  • Teacher expectations

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status
  • Local labor market/neighborhood stability
  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is over $500,000 or over $2000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies

Social Workers
School Administrators
Other Employees

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based

Simon Youth Foundation, Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, Edison Community College, Charlotte Technical Center

Evaluation Information:

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level