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Meet our Director of Academics – Deb Hedden-Nicely

This month, I’d like to introduce you to Deborah Hedden-Nicely. She is a co-founder and the Director of Academics at Cardinal Academy. Deb was the head teacher of the former Marian Pritchett School for 18 years and taught U.S. History, Government and Economics. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I feel like it wasContinue reading “Meet our Director of Academics – Deb Hedden-Nicely”

Student of the Month: Louree

By Emily Bergstrom, Executive Director There is no “one size fits all story” for pregnant and parenting students, but they frequently have at least one thing in common: life didn’t go quite as planned. On this blog, I regularly share stories of real students who chose to attend a school program specially designed for pregnantContinue reading “Student of the Month: Louree”

Mom and Baby

Cardinal Academy: Here to Help Young Parents

Only about half of young mothers earn a high school diploma by the age of 22, compared to 89% of non-mothers. As we look at recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, single mothers are being impacted more than any other group.  Since high school graduates will learn at least $200,000 more in their lifetime (and evenContinue reading “Cardinal Academy: Here to Help Young Parents”


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Cardinal Academy envisions a world where pregnant and parenting students up to the age of 21 are empowered to complete their high school education in a caring learning community, where they are prepared for parenthood, college, community, and life.

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