Clark Pleasant Academy (CPA) is the first school of its kind in Johnson County. Located just west of Whiteland Community High School, CPA offers a fresh alternative for students on their educational path towards graduation. CPA is not easier than traditional classes, nor is it harder...it’s just different.
 

CPA utilizes the APEX Learning Software to accomplish mastery of required credits. The curriculum covers all the major skills required by the Indiana Department of Education. In addition to on-line lessons, CPA will offer more opportunities to apply what is learned through experiences that address the question, “Why do I have to learn this stuff?”
 

Clark Pleasant Academy accommodates students who are currently enrolled at Whiteland Community High School. Priority is given to junior and senior students who have already received credits in Physical Education and Keyboarding. Students with at least 26 earned credits (of the 46 required for graduation) tend to be the most successful at Clark Pleasant Academy. Students must be referred to the Academy by their high school guidance counselor and then approved by the high school principal.
 

The academic day at Clark Pleasant Academy consists of a three hour block of time. Students attend from 7:45am—10:45am or 11:45am— 2:45pm (hours which correspond to the start and end times of Whiteland High School).


THAT’S ANOTHER CLASS DOWN:  Caleb takes off a card indicating that he has finished his course work for that class.

 

While the Academy is based on the concept of flexibility to meet the needs of students, we try to keep our week fairly consistent because our students have responded well to that structure. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday all students know that they can spend 3 hours earning credits utilizing the APEX Learning Software. Thursdays are devoted to classes that blend writing, classroom lessons, and outside speakers in a combination which supports real life skills. On Fridays, we begin our day with a lesson directed toward careers. Students will complete resumes, cover letters, and take part in career assessments. After the lesson, students move directly into our service component.

Academy curriculum has been designed by Whiteland Community High School teachers and is aligned with the Indiana state standards. Students’ motivation, effective work habits, and ability to master the material determine the length of time it takes to earn each credit.



 

All students at Clark Pleasant Academy are involved in serving their community. Fridays are “service days” in which students are placed in various agencies to volunteer. Activities include, but are not limited to, serving as elementary classroom helpers, assisting local food pantries, volunteering at local assisted living facilities, and helping at the county animal shelter. In addition, Clark Pleasant Academy is involved in planning a variety of different community outreach projects.

Students earn their vocational credits by attending Central Nine Career Center or maintaining employement of 15 hours per week. Vocational credit includes class work such as resumes, references, cover letters, and mock interviews. Students must also complete an individual portfolio.

Students who achieve all required credits receive a diploma from Whiteland Community High School. Clark Pleasant Academy also offers the opportunity to earn a Core 40 or Honors diploma, as well as participating in the Early College program offered by Ivy Tech. The progress of all Academy graduates is monitored for two years following graduation.