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Ventures Academy

Ventures Academy (located in Delaware County)

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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.

Parent Information

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
Where is Ventures Academy located?
Ventures Academy
4981 County Home Road
Delaware, OH 43015
740.369.1175
 
Who leads the Ventures Academy program?
Gary Cross 
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.

School Administrator Information

For school districts and school administrators.
 
Ventures Academy is an alternative education program 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.

To speak with someone about enrolling a student from your district in Ventures Academy, please fill out the form below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Ventures Academy located?
Ventures Academy
4981 County Home Road
Delaware, OH 43015
740.369.1175

Who leads the Ventures Academy program?
Gary Cross
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.

What is the acceptance process to send a student to Ventures Academy?
If the district doesn’t own a seat, the district will need to purchase one in the age-appropriate classroom for the student. Seats are purchased on an annual basis. Ventures Academy has elementary (1st-5th grades), middle school (6th-8th grades) and high school (9th-12th grades) classrooms, with 10 available student seats in each classroom.  If all seats are purchased, the ESC’s special education coordinator can ask districts if they would be willing to sell their open seat to that district.

Districts are required to complete the ESC’s Referral Packet and submit all required documents, schedule a tour with the district representative, student and guardian, meet as a team to discuss placement at Ventures to ensure it is an appropriate placement for the student, amend the IEP and complete the Ventures Academy Contract Form.

What are the school hours?
Students enter the building at 7:45am and leave for the day at 2:00pm.

How does Ventures Academy support the student’s transition back to the district?
The best transition back to the school district is a collaborative effort between Ventures Academy and home school staff.  Once a student has been successful in demonstrating the goal behaviors for a pre-determined amount of time, Ventures Academy staff will work with the district to establish a schedule for the student to transition back to the district full time.  If transitioning in the middle of the school year, it is best to begin the transition at a quarter/semester break, and begin with one day a week, and add days per week in the home school.  This allows a collaborative approach to ensure the student is able to be successful in the home school.  Some students prefer to transition back to their home school at the beginning of the school year; but even with this transition, it is important to hold team meetings and schedule tours to the home school in the spring to ensure the student will be appropriately supported the beginning of the new school year.