The Middlebury Community Schools' mission statement is as follows: "The mission of Middlebury Community Schools is to prepare our students to be life-long learners and contributing citizens." We feel that the purpose and mission of our alternative school is directly in line with the phrase "prepare our students to be... contributing citizens". It is our mission to provide a safe, non-traditional setting for the education of our neediest students in terms of academic, social, and behavioral self-paced learning. Our vision is that all students will return to their regular schools through a seamless and effective transition and experience academic, social, and behavioral success in their future educational endeavors.
This program began in the fall of 2009. The program is designed to accomodate 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. The 9th graders will be housed at Northridge High School. The rest will be housed in the Middlebury Boys and Girls Club which is on the main campus of Middlebury Community Schools. The secure facility has three classrooms with a gymnasium, teen center, and group meeting areas. The restroom and kitchen facilities are compliant with ADA standards. This facility is only four years old and does not have students during the day except on vacation days and during the summer. It is well equipped to handle all of the technological needs that will be required for the technology based educational programs and communications.
The academic approach to student learning will be based on where the students are when they begin the program. There will be extensive diagnostic assessments in reading and math as well as in writing before the instructional plan is begun for the student. Each of the teachers will contribute to the daily work with mini-lessons, small group remediation, and individualized help sessions. The teachers will monitor the progress of each student on a daily basis and will develop a plan to remediate or accelerate the student's work depending on the results. Our plan will utilize the APEX System of Mastery Learning, Accelerated Reading, Accelerated Math, Reading Plus, Read 180, and Making Meaning. The two sessions will each be 2 hours and 15 minutes long. There is a maximum capacity of 30 students during each session.
There are three certified teachers and four assistants assigned to the Northridge Academy on a full-time basis. The program is overseen by the Middle School and High School principals. A part-time social worker also supports the program.