Webster Street Academy is based on the model of community partnerships and is not a charter or public school. Instead, students attending Webster Street Academy remain actively enrolled in their current school, are generally able to participate in after school functions and are awarded credit for the completion of academic work with the ultimate goal being the student's successful re-integration to their home school. Licensed as a mental health program Webster Street Academy has received national recognition for developing a new approach which supports school age youth (ages 12-17) in reclaiming their futures.
In addition to a curriculum that is aligned with the Ohio Department of Education's benchmark standards, students utilize a self-paced approach that focuses on the core areas of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. The program also places a significant emphasis on reading and addresses student deficits in this area with direct literacy instruction. Individualized therapeutic supports such as individual and group therapy combine with coping and social skills classes to ensure that each child is focused on addressing and resolving those issues that have impeded their ability to live successful lives.
Webster Street Academy’s educational philosophy is that learning MUST start at the level where the student is truly functioning and not at a level others believe to be appropriate for that child. This is essential to learning because academics that are too difficult, lead students to experience frustration while academics that are too easy lead to boredom. In either case, the student has a tendency to display higher levels of inappropriate behavior. By following this philosophy and tailoring a program to meet the individual at HIS/HER level, the student begins to enjoy academic success and builds momentum to accelerate learning.
Webster Street Academy utilizes an online software package entitled, Ace Digital Academy. This award-winning program allows students to enroll in curriculums across four major domains: Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. The scope and sequence of the Ace Digital Academy curriculums are such that any child can work at their own level, whether that level is basic (primary grades) or advanced (high school). Course modules are aligned with Ohio Department of Education outcomes, thus ensuring academic rigor for each student.
Report Cards and Transcripts Progress Summary Reports are generated four times during the course of the school year: in October, January, March and June. There is also a Progress Summary Report for students in summer session. The Progress Summary Reports are designed to give students, their families and their school an indication of how well the student is progressing. Seminar grading (Pass or Fail) is utilized for both Coping and Social Skills groups – each grade is accompanied by a code indicating how well the child has behaved. GRADES ARE PROVIDED FOR ACADEMIC COURSES. The Ace Digital Academy online educational system is designed in such a way that students must achieve an “A” or a “B” average in order to progress through the curriculum.