PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
We strive to provide the best education and environment for student growth in all aspects of development including academics, psycho-social well-being, and vocational guidance. We nurture the “whole child” by providing social, emotional, pre-vocational, transitional as well as academic instruction. Personal and relationship skill-building programs, social skills, independent adult living, and transitional programs are continually being devised, improved, and incorporated into our curriculum to meet specific needs for complete students development so our students can live successfully in the home, community, and workplace. Some of these unique programs include:
- Teen/Adult Living and Transition Courses. These courses prepare our students for life beyond high school through direct classroom instruction, career counseling, administration of career inventories and career exploration through college and workplace site tours. Transition and Independent Living courses are offered which include job application, job interview, and job maintenance skills; public speaking; budgeting and banking; interpersonal relationship skills; and instruction in other common daily living skills to assist each students with a smoother, more successful transition into adult living no matter what career or educational path is selected after high school.
- Character, Relationship, Conflict Resolution Skill Building Courses. Concord Academy offers classes in character/relationship building skills/conflict resolution/management to encourage healthy living habits and future career awareness. The counselor conducts informational parent programs. Additionally, she is available to work with the individual students and families to resolve various academic, social, or emotional issues as they arise.
- Individual/Group Therapy. Group and individual therapy sessions are conducted by a licensed professional counselor/licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) are offered on-site during the school day. Plans to offer speech/language therapy on-site with our students in small social communications groups will be realized when needed funding becomes available.
- Computer-Based Remediation and Instruction. Concord Academy has established a computer lab to offer computer-based cognitive development and remediation programs (such as Fastforward, Reading Assist, and Aleks ) for students identified as having reading attention, and processing deficits. These computer programs have proven to be effective supplemental and intervention materials that provide students with the basic cognitive language attention, and reading skills they need to succeed in school. While no computerized therapy can replace individual instruction or therapy, therapy software can be very effective in minimizing cognitive deficits. Computer-based instructions allow for intensive practice and repetition that cannot be provided as consistently by human instructors. These products are foundational and “rewire” the brain to processs information more efficiently resulting in lasting cognitive improvemens in memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing tasks.
- Concord Social/PTO Activities. The PTO funds activities that encourage peer interaction and fosters feelings of being “typical”, accepted members of the student body. Activities include Spirit Week, school dances, trips, award banquets, field days, proms, yearbooks, and graduation ceremonies Participation in all of theses activities promotes feelings self acceptance and self-worth within a student population aware of its differences from other mainstream student populations, yet desiring to “fit in” and enjoy typical teenage experiences.
- Girls’ Programs. An optional, after school program for girls based on Biblical principles is offered at Concord. This program covers topics such as self-awareness, self-esteem, and interpersonal relationships. This program is beneficial for young girls who often have the awareness they are “different”, putting them at greater risk for such things as depression, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, academic failure and poor inter-personal relationships.
- Activity Period. An activity period is incorporated into the school day. This period provides for the (90) minutes of physical activity per week per students required by the State Department of Education, as well as opportunities to participate in remedial or enrichment software programs based on each students individual needs.