Discovery Academy set an enrollment record this year with more than 95% of the students enrolled at the school choosing to continue their programs upon turning 18 years old.
Brent Hall, Executive Director, says that while the school does not accept students 18 and older, the Academy does offer separate housing for students who turn 18 while they are enrolled.
Hall says during the 2008-2009 school year 22 consecutive students elected to remain at Discovery after turning 18.
“I think it speaks to our culture,” he notes. “Success tends to create success. Students feel honored and individually valued so they want to stay.”
The 18-Year-Old House is designed to recognize and reward Discovery students for their adult status. The 16-bed home was initially planned as over-flow housing only.
In 2004 Discovery Academy decided to convert the facility to special housing for students who turned 18. “We wanted to recognize their adulthood and give them added motivation to finish their programs,” Hall explains.
18-year-old students can remain at the Academy under the guidance of the same therapists and teachers who worked with them prior to their birthday.