Promise Village and West Highland Academy Collaborate on Behalf of Each Resident/Student
“The awesome thing about learning and understanding is that nobody can take it from you.” –Dr. Tim Coldiron
Promise Village, in cooperation and partnership with West Highland Christian Academy, provides for the educational needs of the residents. During the initial assessment phase, the student’s school records will be reviewed to make sure the strengths of the program meet the needs of the child/teen. An educational plan will be developed to ensure that the appropriate classes are determined to further the student’s progress and any supportive services are put in place to meet their needs. Our Therapists and Life Coaches act as liaisons to the school and provide the assistance and support needed to help assure a positive and productive experience for the student. Effective communication with the teachers and school personnel helps Promise Village target any academic concerns, tutorial needs, behavioral or motivational issues, and overall accountability. The INFORMATION NOW data management system gives the Promise Village staff and parents a quick time review of how their child is doing in their classes. This gives both parties the opportunity to see the gains and struggles that the resident may be having. It allows us to target areas where improvement is needed and follow up in the milieu to address those concerns. The resident’s therapist and Life Coaches are invested and responsible for helping keep the student on task and progressing successfully.
We have seen consistent improvements academically/educationally with our residents during their time at Promise Village. Many students who have come from a history of academic underachievement, low/no motivation, apathy, learning disabilities, learning difficulties, and previously unidentified roadblocks to their achievements, have excelled in our program
and improved in their overall academic functioning. Again, they have come to us with a history of poor grades, many because of long stretches of time spent out of school for behavior issues. The result is often a student whose self-esteem has suffered terribly. They may have given up on school or become resistant to attending at all. The good news is specialized attention and an uninterrupted instruction schedule can make a dramatic difference in a struggling student’s academic performance.
One of the main objectives to helping change the course of a student’s past negative experience at school is to “name” or identify the true reasons for the underachievement and “tame” those reasons. We see that when they begin to set goals for their lives and see the importance of school to achieve those goals, that magic begins to happen. Success builds on success and before long the student is not only passing their classes but is improving with each passing card marking period. They learn study and organization skills that will help them in any academic setting that they pursue.
Before coming to Promise Village, most of these struggling children or teens have seen school as enemy territory. With that mindset changing during their time at Promise Village and at West Highland Christian Academy, their desire or belief that they will never go to college is replaced by excitement for what opportunities they may pursue with their new attitude and success in school.
The residents are encouraged to reflect on careers that they might want to pursue. Some students might be given the opportunity to attend a vocational and/or technical school. They are given information related to careers or jobs and what it will take to be successful. Career counseling is an important part of what is offered for students/residents that are closer to graduation. We also facilitate looking at colleges, universities, trade schools, and other options related to the interest level of the student. We can help schedule ACT and SAT college entrance exams, when appropriate.
About West Highland Academy
- Providing quality education since 1973
- Caring, dedicated teachers
- Co-ed school
- Inter-denominational or non-denominational
- Textbooks, K-12, using current ABeka, B.J.U., A.C.S.I.
- Excellent student-teacher ratio
- College Preparatory High School. We offer advanced-level classes in Math and Science. 85-90% of our graduates go to college
- Computer instruction integrated throughout curriculum in all grades
- Competitive soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball
- Student capacity of 170
- Rural, 21 acre campus on paved road, 5 minutes from US-23, 15 minutes from I-96
- Member of: Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Classes and credits are transferable
Sixth Through Eighth Grade Course Offerings
|Grammar and Composition||World Studies/Current Events|
|Vocabulary and Spelling||American History|
|Research and Writing|
|Bible||Vocal or Instrumental Music|
|Gym||Introduction to Foreign Languages|
|Art (includes appreciation)||Study Skills|
|Music (theory and appreciation)|
|* Some courses are offered on a rotating basis are not necessarily available each school year.|
Grades 9-12 Representative Course Offerings
|American Literature||Basic and Advanced Applications|
|Grammar, Spelling and Vocabulary|
|Research and Composition|
|World History and Culture||Art Appreciation|
|American Government||Art (Basic, Advanced)|
|Economics||Vocal and Instrumental Music|
|United States History||Praise Band|
|Pre-Algebra||Spanish I and II|
|Algebra I and II||French I and II|
|Advanced Math (Trig./Pre-Calculus)||Publications (Yearbook/Journalism)|
|Consumer, Applied or Basic Math||Photography or Media|
|Business Math (incl Accounting)||Life Skills / Home Economics|
|AP Calculus||Current Events|
|General Science||½ Credit given per year for PE class|
|Basic Physical Science||Note: Sport participation credit on|
|Biology||individual basis may be allowed for|
|Chemistry||juniors and seniors only by|
|Chemistry for the Community|
|Health and Nutrition|
* Some courses are offered on a rotating basis are not necessarily available each school year.