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A new location for Hope Academy, the school for students with substance disorders

School moves to the Indianapolis south side
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Posted at 9:42 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 21:43:04-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Hope Academy, the state's only high school for students in recovery from substance-use disorders, is moving from the Castleton area to the Indianapolis south side.

The school will now be located at 3919 South Madison Avenue, near the University of Indianapolis. The new space along with a new charter means Hope can serve as a recovery high school to the Mayor of Indianapolis Charter School Board.

Applications are open for 2020-21. Students will complete the school year at the school’s current location and will begin the start of the next academic year in its new location.

“I am excited about this new chapter and the significant opportunities it will provide staff, students and families of Hope Academy,” said Rachelle Gardner, Executive Director, Hope Academy. “By investing in the future of Hope Academy we are continuing to demonstrate our longstanding commitment to providing a safe, sober and challenging academic experience for teens struggling with, and recovering from, substance abuse.”

Hope administrators say the move is an important step toward boosting enrollment and allowing more students to earn a high school diploma while working to maintain their sobriety.

The new building is on the IndyGo Red Line, and because it is close to the University of Indianapolis, some students will be able to earn duel credits.

“Hope Academy is another valuable resource that we have to help support students in our schools,” said Patrick Mapes, Superintendent, Perry Township. “They are a proven leader in helping students who are dealing with a substance dependency and we are happy to welcome Hope Academy to the Southside of Indianapolis.”

Hope Academy will remain a tuition-free, public charter high school where students earn their Core 40 diploma.