How are Career Academy and Success Academy Different from Traditional Public and Private Schools?
Different from Traditional Public Schools
Open to All. As charter schools, Career Academy and Success Academy are open to all Indiana residents. Traditional public schools are organized in districts: the school you are entitled to attend depends on where you live.
Attracting the Committed. Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools receive no funding for transportation, so just getting here takes effort, yet we attract students from throughout the county and beyond. Our culture is strong because every family is here by choice.
Small and Safe. It’s easier to build relationships and a safe environment in a school that’s small enough for students to get to know all their classmates. Many students come to us for a safe and friendly haven.
Different from Private Schools
Free. Many people do not realize that charter schools are free. Not only is there no tuition to pay but free or reduced-prices lunches (and more) are available for qualifying students on the same basis as in traditional public schools.
Secular. Faith has many benefits but we believe students benefit from a secular education for learning to thrive in a down-to-earth world. We stress character, effort and integrity as essential measures of the self, but we do not dictate on questions of faith.
Diverse. To attend a school where all or most of the students look alike and are from similar background is to miss an important part of education. It’s a diverse world. Besides, it is important for children to learn that what matters most is not where they’re from.
Different from Other Schools
Career-Oriented. Beginning in seventh grade, Career Academy students learn about the working world and what may fit for each student based on his or her abilities and personality. To be sure, high school can be fun, but what matters most is education for life.
Project-Based Learning (PBL). Research reveals that learning by working on projects is not only more enjoyable for most students but more effective for absorbing, understanding and utilizing complex material. We use PBL from kindergarten through graduation.
Tech-Oriented. No one can be all things to all people. We focus on preparing students for well-compensated jobs in a tech-oriented economy. If your goal is to make a living as a poet or to learn Japanese, this is not your school. But many students can benefit from what we offer.