OUR VISION -
We believe quirky individuals (including those with Anxiety, ADHD, and Aspergers) deserve lifelong independence with positive social interactions.
OUR MISSION -
Focus Academy empowers quirky youth and young adults to become successful, contributing, independent members of society. This is done through academic, life and social education, vocational training and family support. Quirky includes individuals with diagnoses of high-functioning autism, anxiety, depression or gifted and talented.
OUR CORE VALUES-
- Honesty with compassion – truthfulness while having empathy for people, and accepting them for who they are
- Collaborative system – multiple parties engaged in a shared focus to achieve the maximum potential
- Divergent thinking - thinking that moves away in different directions so as to involve a variety of aspects and which sometimes lead to novel ideas and solutions; associated with creativity
- Customized programming – individualized plans and strategies determined by the school based on the needs of the student
- Transparency - free from pretense or deceit
At Focus Academy we provide three main services - Academy, Social Success Skills/Summer Camps, Transition & Adult services. Our academy is a full time school dedicated to transforming individuals with executive functioning challenges (ADHD, Aspergers, Anxiety, Gifted and Talented), in grades 5 through college, into productive and happy adults. Since our first graduate in 2011, 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. Second, through Social Success Skills and Summer Camp services, the organization reaches students in public and homeschool settings with after school and summer groups. Finally, Focus Academy helps quirky kids struggling to transition to college, career and independent living situations through individual and group training.
I have no words for the beauty that takes place every day at Focus Academy. My son hasn't even been there for a year and already his life has changed. Because I have a masters in education, I have a keen eye for quality education which prepares students for the real world while helping them reach their full potential. This school definitely hits all the marks. John's teacher is what I consider a "master teacher." The staff works together to create a safe family environment which encourages students to step out of their comfort zones. If you are a parent of a child on the spectrum, make an appointment with Focus today. This school will be the biggest gift you give to your child.
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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.