The focus of Marion Academy is to prepare all learners for the transition into post-secondary school life. The educational model of Marion Academy is rooted in academic rigor, character education, career exploration, and workplace readiness. Marion Academy is committed to the achievement of each individual learner and individualizing student learning through goal setting and the development of an individualized learning plan (ILP) while creating a learning environment that fosters the ideals of community, scholarship, respect, and responsibility. The curricular offerings prepare students to earn the Core 40 Diploma, Core 40 Honors Diploma, or the Core 40 Technical Honors Diploma.
The educational model of Marion Academy is adapted from the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research report, Goals and Expectations for College and Career Readiness (2012). Rigorous academics, work readiness skills, career exploration, and work based learning opportunities comprise the cornerstone of the educational model of the schools.
Students explore career profiles that align to personal interests, skills, and aspirations, and build knowledge regarding the specific courses, post-secondary alternatives (e.g., internship opportunities, “good fit” colleges), and procedures (e.g., interviews, essays, applications) to pursue those pathways.
Identifying a Career Pathway
When students enter Marion Academy they are assigned an Academic Life Coach who will work with them to identify a career pathway and establish their individualized learning plan that identifies the courses they need to earn their Indiana Core 40 Diploma, Core 40 Honors Diploma, or Core 40 Technical Honors Diploma and at least one industry-recognized certification.
Additionally, many students will earn dual credits through Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. Students begin by taking the Indiana Career Explorer Kuder Assessment, a career Interest inventory at our College and Career Center run by our College and Career Coach. This identifies career clusters and college and career pathways appropriate to their interest. The student works with their coach to select one of the Indiana Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways, which guides the development of the student’s ILP.
Many students will earn dual credits through Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University.
In addition to the Kuder Assessment results, the College and Career Coach provides students with up to date information regarding careers in Indiana that are most in demand, the training required, and salary and benefit information. Marion Academy recognizes the need to prepare students for fluctuations in the job market, and foundational coursework is broad and allows the student flexibility in their career pathway choices.