“This is a very small (school) community and all the teachers here - and all the staff and all the students – are just great,” said Frye.
The academy “is between a public school and an online school, where you would be isolated. Everyone here gets to know each other. At the high school, it’s kind of hard to get to be known personally,” she said.
“I would completely recommend it and I’ve recommended it to a lot of people,” she said.
Fairfield Academy Director Kyle Jamison said the program isn’t just focused on helping students earn their school credits toward graduating high school. That’s only the minimum goal, he said, and that’s why academy students are exposed to dozens of college and career speakers from all types of post-secondary schools and industries to better broaden their horizons.
Moreover, enrolled student can still participate in Fairfield High School school sports, band and other extra-curricular activities.
“We certainly aren’t the school for everybody but we are a school that can meet a lot of needs for students who aren’t being successful in that traditional school setting,” said Jamison.
Student “will get a really personal experience here and the building sells itself,” he said referring to energetically bright wall colors plastered with positive and motivational sayings all designed to inspire success in academics and life.
Work has also begun on a planned expansion of the program to accommodate 7th and 8th graders next school year.
“It’s a good, customer service experience here,” he said.