For prospective or current parents and families.
Ventures Academy is an alternative education program located in Delaware County providing a structured and safe learning environment to students in need of social, emotional and behavioral interventions. Our highly qualified licensed and certified professionals specialize in delivering individualized instruction that enhances self-efficacy and strengthens students’ academic and social skills. Ventures Academy works alongside each student’s home district and conducts routine student evaluations to ensure progress on educational and personal goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who leads the Ventures Academy program?
Mr. Gary Cross is the principal/coordinator at Ventures Academy. He has over 25 years in the field of education as a middle and high school mathematics teacher and as an administrator at the elementary, middle and high school levels. The majority of his educational experience has involved alternative education in urban settings. Most recently, he has been involved with the state level School-Based Healthcare Alliance working with school and healthcare teams to improve services provided through school health care agencies. Mr. Cross has also served in the United States Army both overseas and in the states. He believes strongly that through accessing and utilizing student, parent, staff and community member’s strengths, we can create an engaging and unique learning experience for both youth and adults. He enjoys spending his spare time with his family and friends, and quiet time hiking, caving and kayaking.
How do I enroll my child in Ventures Academy?
Students must be referred by their local school district to be enrolled. The intake process includes a tour of the facility, review of educational records, amending the student’s IEP and the creation of an individualized behavior contract between the student, parent and program coordinator.What curriculum does Ventures Academy use?
Ventures Academy offers blended learning opportunities offered through teacher-led instruction and online curriculum. Students learn English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies based on Ohio’s Learning Standards.
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How will my child's progress be monitored?
Each student’s progress is monitored through daily behavior tracking, IEP goal data collection and work on grade-level appropriate curriculum. Report cards and IEP progress reports are mailed home every 10 weeks to parents/guardians.
Does my child need to have an IEP to attend Ventures Academy?
Yes, all students who attend Ventures Academy are identified as having an educational disability and are receiving specially designed instruction to meet their individual needs.
Who pays for my child to attend Ventures Academy?
After it is decided by the IEP team that Ventures Academy is an appropriate placement for the student, the home school district will pay the cost to attend.
How is my child transported to Ventures Academy?
The home school district will provide transportation to and from Ventures Academy. Districts choose to send students in a school bus, school van or use an outside agency to provide transportation.
How long will my child be attending Ventures Academy?
The length of time a student attends Ventures Academy depends on the individual progress of the child on his or her behavioral and academic goals. The IEP team develops a transition plan that is best for the student.
How large are the class sizes?
Class sizes can be up to 10 students, with one intervention specialist and one teaching assistant.
Can my child play sports at his/her home school?
Yes, if the student has met the eligibility requirements to participate in extracurricular activities offered by the home school, he or she can try-out and participate in after-school activities including sports teams.
What are the school hours?
Students enter the building at 7:45am and leave for the day at 2:00pm.