Educational Support Services
Wedgwood's provides Educational Support Services to Hope Academy of West Michigan and Lighthouse Academy, both unique schools serving at-risk youth with few educational options.
Support from Wedgwood
Wedgwood's support for Hope Academy of West Michigan and Lighthouse Academy is possible only because the donations to the Children's Hope Annual Fund. The following services provided to Lighthouse Academy receive no public funding:
- Optional spiritual life activities through Young Life
- Job Skills Coaching and Career Transition Coordination
- Implementing “Infusionomics” into all classes to teach financial literacy and self-sufficiency
- New curriculum for providing education to Wedgwood’s residential clients
- Enhanced Wellness and Physical Education services
Approximately 1,000 Kent County youth are not attending school right now due to truancy, suspensions, and expulsions. Once expelled, they often fall through the cracks. Most are too young to enter the work force, and many are already involved in substance abuse and/or crime. Research shows that 50 percent of these youth will be incarcerated within a year’s time.
To meet the needs of these educationally at-risk youths, Lighthouse Academy was started by Wedgwood in 2005 with 12 students, and was the first school of its kind to effectively
address the personal and societal costs of school expulsion. In 2008, it became a charter school authorized by Ferris State University, and enrollment grew to 200 students. In 2012 Lighthouse Academy expanded to a second location and now offers Lighthouse Academy - North Campus in Northeast Grand Rapids to provide help and hope to additional students.
For more information about Lighthouse Academy, please visit www.lighthouseacademyschoolwm.org.
Hope Academy of West Michigan
Hope Academy of West Michigan helps students and the families of students who are struggling to be successful in school. Below are some fast facts about Hope Academy of West Michigan.
- Tuition-free charter school authorized through Ferris State University
- Located in the Garfield Park/Burton Heights neighborhood of Southeast Grand Rapids
- Serves preschool through 12th grades
- English as a second language (ESL) program
- Low student-teacher ratio
- Individual student learning plans
- Teaching and learning focuses on the whole student: physical and emotional health contribute to student success
- On-site individual, group and family counseling services
- Job Skills Training for older students
For more information about Hope Academy of West Michigan, please visit www.hopeacademywm.org.