About Independence AcademyKnowledge, Recovery, Citizenship
Independence Academy is one of five Recovery High Schools located in MA and is jointly funded by the Department of Public Health and local school districts. We pride ourselves in meeting students “where they are at” with respect to their education and recovery. IA defines recovery as, “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential” (www.samhsa.gov)
What We Do
Independence Academy is a safe and supportive learning community for high school students struggling with substance use.
Who We Serve
Students ages 14-21 who are struggling with issues related to drug and alcohol use. We service students from the southeast region of Massachusetts.
How It Works
Independence Academy engages students in the process of change, guides growth and development, and provides a customized educational experience. Each student at IA has individualized educational goals and we work closely with students, families and sending schools to ensure those goals are met.
Letter from the Principal
Welcome to Independence Academy!
I would like to extend my welcome to all of you who are interested in what Independence Academy has to offer. As the director of our school, I am eager and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our students. Our goal at Independence Academy is to provide an individualized education to each student in a safe and supportive setting that is fully committed to engaging students struggling with substance use in the process of change. At IA we believe a person’s recovery is built on his or her strengths, talents, coping abilities, resources, and inherent values. It is holistic, addresses the whole person and their community, and is supported by peers, friends, and family members. Our school is grounded on a model of personal wellness.
At our school we believe that all students deserve a high quality education. The staff at Independence Academy consists of highly trained, licensed teachers who are prepared to meet the needs of all learners while providing an engaging and rigorous curriculum. We realize that each student that attends Independence Academy has a different academic profile and different academic goals so it is our mission to work with each student individually in order to help them meet their goals.
Additionally, we are committed to meeting the diverse social and emotional needs of each student. With a support staff of professional counselors, Independence Academy offers a safe and supportive environment for students to achieve their own personal goals. We also recognize the importance of working closely with each student’s family and support network in order to maximize each student’s potential for success both inside and outside of school.
It is important to note that the faculty of Independence Academy understands the journey to recovery and long-term sobriety begins and ends with the individual. Your interest in attending Independence Academy suggests that you have begun to contemplate a life free from drugs and alcohol. It also suggests that you are serious about maintaining sobriety and obtaining a quality education.
When a student makes a commitment to attend Independence Academy, they are proclaiming their commitment to sobriety, their commitment to their education and their commitment to regaining their freedom and discovering their potential.