Students

Whether you are a mom or a dad, Cardinal Academy provides many supportive on-campus healthcare and social services to assist you in staying in school and earning your high school diploma.

Our educational program was created especially for YOU! Our top-notch academic program has a flexible schedule that fits in with your parenting schedule.

Student Handbook & Academic Calendar

How is Cardinal Academy’s block scheduling good for you?

  • Flexible schedule – if you attend everyday, all day, you can earn more credits and possibly graduate early. If you work, you can attend one less block each semester, and still graduate on-time.
  • Focus: You can focus on fewer classes each day. 
  • Interaction: With fewer classes and longer class times, you  will get more help from teachers.
  • Calmer Environment: Block scheduling is less frantic and you can get more done in class with the attention of the teacher and have less homework
  • Daily Schedule – Cardinal Academy starts at 9 a.m. and finishes around 4 p.m. During the day you will be in your 3 or 4, 90 minute classes, have meal and snack breaks, and have access to healthcare and social work appointments. 
Educational Program

Earning a high school diploma will give you many more life choices. Here is what a high school diploma will get you:

Higher income – high school graduates earn an average of about $10,000 more each year than those who don’t complete high school. You will have more chances to be employed, earn a working wage, pay for a place to live, afford good food, and pay for a reliable car.

Better career opportunities – high school graduates are more likely to get the job than someone who does not have a diploma.

Less chance of unemployment – those without a high school diploma have more of a chance of being unemployed than someone with a high school diploma.

Must have – you must have a high school diploma to go community college, university, or to be accepted into trade apprenticeship programs, like electrician, welding, or machine operator.

Skills – going to high school and earning your diploma will give you skills that you can use on the job, at college, and in life.

Beat the statistics! You can do it! – Only about 50% of teen mothers get a high school diploma by age 22, compared with 89% of women who did not have a child during their teen years, and one-third of teen mothers never get a diploma.

Sense of accomplishment – You did it! Many of our past students have told us that while going to high school they kept in mind that by earning their high school diploma, they would be able to make a better life for themselves and their child. And that when their child was in high school, they could tell them, “I did it!”

So, what does the academic program look like?

When you enroll in Cardinal Academy, the academic/career counselor will meet with you to develop an ILP, an Individual Learning Plan that is especially for you. 

Together, you and the counselor will:

  • Talk about your career and/or college interests and the skills and knowledge you already have;
  • Discuss your current transcripts and any test scores
  • Map out short-term and long-term goals; and,
  • Develop a learning plan just for you, including specific courses, internships, and apprenticeships.

While you are enrolled at Cardinal Academy, you and the counselor will continue to work on:

  • Enrolling in TRiO to explore career choices, and the education and funding needed to attain those careers;
  • Work on financial aid to complete career and college goals; and,
  • Monitor your progress of goals and academics that will lead to goal attainment.
On-Campus Services

On-campus healthcare, social, special education, and childcare services:

  • Cardinal Academy provides special education services including, a full-time special education teacher, speech & language therapy, physical & occupational therapy, assistive technology, psychological services, and vision & hearing services
  • The Salvation Army provides you with 
    • social work services
    • food pantry,  
    • student store stocked with diapers, wipes, baby food, baby clothes, maternity clothes, and much more!
    • On-campus childcare – while you are at Cardinal Academy, you will be able to use the childcare center. The social worker will help you apply for funds to pay for the childcare.
  • WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) will be provided on-campus. WIC provides:
    • nutritious foods,
    •  information on healthy eating and 
    • referrals to health care for pregnant women and their infants and children up to age 5.
  • Family Medicine Residency of Idaho  
    • We are working on a plan for FMRI to provide on-site, quality and affordable healthcare to students who are pregnant and to young parents and their children.
  • St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center and St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center nurses come to campus to: 
    • teach the pregnancy, parenting and well-being courses throughout the school year. 
    • St. Luke’s nurses also teach on-campus child car seat safety classes as well as providing a car seat for students.
  • Cardinal Academy will connect graduating seniors with the Idaho Department of Labor to provide:
    • case management services, 
    • internships, 
    • workforce training and 
    • assistance with higher education through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
  • TRiO Educational Opportunity Center will help you:
    • get into college, if that is your pathway,
    • provide free college advising and financial aid support, 
    • complete the FAFSA, an application for money to pay for college and other training.
  • The Idaho Workers Opportunity Network (I-WON) will connect you with trade apprenticeships so you can enter a high demand career directly following completion of high school.
  • College of Western Idaho assists our students on-campus with 
    • applications, 
    • financial aid, and 
    • course selection. 
    • And they will ensure our graduates are connected to programs that will help to increase their success in higher education such as support groups and other special programs aimed at increasing student retention.
  • Dr. Catherine Olschanowsky of Boise State University will provide Cardinal Academy students with an opportunity to learn computer programming and will be collaborating with our math and science departments to provide an opportunity for Dual Credit. Her specialty is increasing diversity in the field of computer science.
  • The Cabin Center for Readers and Writers provides an author that comes to campus to work on therapeutic and creative writing with our students.
  • Dr. Sara Fry from Boise State University is working closely with us and a previous Booth Marian Pritchett School graduate to build a mentor program for our students who choose to attend Boise State. She has also established a scholarship fund for our graduates.
  • Head Start is a comprehensive “whole child”, family-focused preschool program designed to help low-income and at-risk 3 and 4 year old children and their families succeed in school and life.
  • Early Head Start expands Head Start and provides continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and early learning programs to low income families with children under age three, and pregnant women. 
  • The House Next Door is located in Nampa, Idaho and can provide a pregnant teen or young adult with housing, if there is a vacancy.
Transportation

Cardinal Academy students get to school in a variety of ways. Some students drive, others get a ride, and some will take the school bus. Your transportation needs will be established when you enroll.

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