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What kind of diploma does a student earn at ADK?

ADK students earn the same diploma as any student in New York State. They must earn a minimum of 22 credits and pass five regents exams in order to graduate.

Besides small class size and community building, how is Adirondack Academy different from the traditional setting?

Our staff of counseling professionals, teachers, and administrators work closely with the families and outside agencies associated with our students in order to determine the underlying causes of our students’ struggles. Once these causes are identified, the team utilizes behavior plans, counseling sessions, and/or additional outside services to help set our students on the path toward graduation.

Can my child participate in sports or other extracurricular activities while attending ADK?

Yes. ADK students are allowed to participate in sports and extracurricular activities at their home schools as long as they meet grade and behavior requirements in line with the home school requirements.

My son wants to dropout. What can I do?

Contact your home school guidance counselor. You may wish to discuss alternative education with them.

What is Adirondack Academy?

Adirondack Academy was specifically designed to help students who have encountered obstacles in the regular school setting. ADK’s alternative education emphasizes small class sizes and close relationships with teachers, staff and administrators in order to build a sense of community.

What kind of students attend ADK?

ADK is much like a traditional school in that students come in all shapes and sizes. Students come from cities and rural areas. Some have had discipline issues and others have never been in trouble at any point. Some have struggled with the traditional environment due to academic concerns while others excel academically but struggle due to the anxiety of being in a large school.

The one thing they all have in common is that they are children who need an educational setting that is a bit different in order to graduate and be productive citizens.

How will I know if my child is showing improvement at ADK?

The counselors and teachers at ADK work together to identify areas in which students struggle. Academic, behavioral, and/or attendance plans are discussed and implemented with students and parents in order to coordinate efforts.

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