At Focus Academy we provide three main services - we are a full time school dedicated to transforming individuals with executive functioning challenges, in grades 5 through college, into productive and happy adults. The program accommodates individuals with a diagnosis such as Gifted and Talented, ADHD, Aspergers, Anxiety and similar challenges. All of our graduates are currently attending Universities, Junior Colleges, Trade schools or already employed in their chosen field. We do not believe in letting students "graduate to the couch" and commit to working for a successful transition for all of our students.
Traditional education programs often create gaps in learning. These academic gaps can be filled through a customized curriculum. No student should be "passed through" without mastery of a subject just because the rest of the class is ready to move forward. We believe students should also be challenged to investigate future career opportunities through a vast array of electives. The foundation for relationship skills is built by hands-on learning of social understanding skills and by practicing interactions in real-life situations. Our students work together and enter competitions such as the Renaissance Festival Trebuchet completion or various chess tournaments in and around the Houston metroplex.
Even after learning basic social skills, many adolescents have difficulty generalizing these skills in order to develop and maintain relationships. Our goal is to work towards true social understanding rather than just teaching basic skills. Groups are held once a week throughout the fall and spring semesters. Camps are held weekly throughout the summer. Students enrolled in summer camp will work to maintain academics in the morning. The afternoons will be filled with social and life preparation activities. This will include everything from cooking, budgeting, visits to places like the Aquarium, Kemah Boardwalk, Main Event, the Movies and many more depending on the specific students enrolled.
After completing high school, many individuals still lack the confidence and capability to live independently. Our goal is for students to demonstrate advanced life skills prior to high school graduation and to continually expand parent and student expectations for a truly independent adult life. It is surprising to many that an individual can make excellent grades in school yet have tremendous difficulty transitioning to an independent living situation. We work with our graduates as well as graduates of other high schools and/or colleges. Most of our adult clients are in their 20s or 30s; however, we have had clients up to the age of 65.