At The Independence Academy, we strive to develop and inspire our students to be engaged in their paths to becoming independent, vibrant members of the community in which they live and work.  We believe in supporting our students throughout their educational experience and assist in planning for their future success after graduation.  Post-secondary education goals may include attending a four-year college or university, attending community college or obtaining job training and successful employment.

 Beginning in the 8th grade, students participate in planning for their future through career and interest surveys, discussions about their aspirations, and evaluating courses available to help them reach their goals. 

 Beginning in the 9th grade, a 4-year plan is developed with the student to ensure all graduation requirements will be met.  Students are also required to complete select Indiana high school courses which foster their post-graduate transition needs.  These courses not only count towards graduation requirements, but also help to educate and expose them to real-world situations needed for success beyond high school.  In addition, students participate in real-life experiences in the community.  The purpose of the program is to prepare students for independent living.

 All IA students will have the opportunity to participate in life-skills classes that will prepare them for independent living.  The following courses are taught on a rotating basis:

•  Personal Financial Responsibility

•  Interpersonal Relationships

•  Consumer Economics

•  Preparing for College and Career

•  Digital Applications and Responsibility

•  Adult Roles and Responsibilities

•  Health and Wellness

 Students receive individual counseling and guidance services as they complete high school and as they prepare for college.  They may also participate in the following opportunities:

·      Ivy Tech dual credit courses through our partnership with Indiana Online Academy

·      Onsite college fairs

·      College and career preparatory center visits

·      Assistance with college application process

·      Onsite ACT & SAT test prep

·      Onsite PSAT as well as SAT School Day administrations

 For those students who prefer to enter the job market upon graduation, the following options and resources are made available:

·      Individualized job shadowing opportunities

·      Postgraduate onsite internship opportunities

Additionally, we maintain relationships with and help connect families with the following additional resources within their communities:

 ·      Vocational rehabilitation services

·      Pre-ETS: pre-employment transition services

·      Medicaid waiver services

·      Behavioral and transition professionals

·      Hands in Autism

·      PEERS

·      Project SEARCH

·      IUPUI SITE: Skills for Independence, Transition and Employment

·      The ARC’s Erskine Green Training Institute