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Options Academy

 Purpose

The Options Academy provides a credit recovery program designed to address the needs of students who have fallen or are in jeopardy of falling behind in their credits required for graduation.  The program provides an academic environment that meets the credit needs of individual students while adhering to the BVSD guaranteed viable curriculum.

History 

  • The Options Academy program was developed through the school wide revisioning process that occurred during the 07-08 school year.  It opened in Fall 2009, with fifty-two students earning credits in the first quarter of the school year.

  • By the end of the first year, 149 students had been enrolled in the credit recovery program, earning a total of 1658 credits.  Forty-seven of these students were concurrently enrolled with their home high school, spending only part of their day on the Arapahoe Campus working on credit recovery.

  • In 2010-2011, 286 students were served and earned 3,151 credits.

  • In 2011-2012, 243 students were served and 2,745 credits were earned.

  • High school students from every high school in BVSD have been served in Options Academy.

Program Highlights

  • Low Student to Teacher Ratio

  • Individualized, self-paced curriculum with the goal of one credit recovered every five - nine days

  • Non-traditional instruction and assessment based on the preciples of understanding

  • Highly qualified instruction with weekly goal setting by design and standards-based instruction

  • Support for all required social studies, language arts, math, science, and some elective classes 

  •  All academic work is created and supervised by highly qualified teachers and adheres to BVSD’s guaranteed viable curriculum 

Students

  • Our most successful students are juniors and seniors with a firm personal commitment to graduation, attendance, working independently and needing a minimal level of SPED, ELL and ILP support
  • Most students in the credit retrieval program are students of ARHS.  However, we concurrently enroll students from every BVSD high school who need a supervised credit recovery program in their daily schedule
  • Students from other high school may access the CTEC bus that services their school in order to access the Options Academy. If the CTEC bus is used, the student can access the AM session (7:55 – 10:20) or the PM session (12:15 – 2:40).