Model Program

Clark Pleasant Academy

129 US 31
Whiteland, IN 46184

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Contact Information:
Anne Young

Program Specification:






Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School




Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


Clark Pleasant Academy (CPA) is the first school of its kind in Johnson County. Located just west of Whiteland Community High School, CPA offers a fresh alternative for students on their educational path towards graduation. CPA utilizes the PLATO Learning Network to accomplish mastery of required credits. The curriculum covers all the major skills required by the Indiana Department of Education. Clark Pleasant Academy accommodates students who are currently enrolled at Whiteland Community High School. Priority is given to junior and senior students who have already received credits in Physical Education and Keyboarding. Students with at least 26 earned credits (of the 46 required for graduation) tend to be the most successful at Clark Pleasant Academy. Students must be referred to the Academy by their high school guidance counselor and then approved by the high school principal. While the Academy is based on the concept of flexibility to meet the needs of students, we try to keep our week fairly consistent because our students have responded well to that structure. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday all students know that they can spend 3 hours earning credits utilizing the PLATO Web Learning Network. Thursdays are devoted to classes that blend writing, classroom lessons, and outside speakers in a combination which supports real life skills. On Fridays, we begin our day with a lesson directed toward careers. Students will complete resumes, cover letters, and take part in career assessments. After the lesson, students move directly into our service component. Academy curriculum has been designed by Whiteland Community High School teachers and is aligned with the Indiana state standards. Students' motivation, effective work habits, and ability to master the material determine the length of time it takes to earn each credit. All students at Clark Pleasant Academy are involved in serving their community. Fridays are "service days" in which students are placed in various agencies to volunteer. Activities include, but are not limited to, serving as elementary classroom helpers, assisting local food pantries, volunteering at local assisted living facilities, and helping at the county animal shelter. In addition, Clark Pleasant Academy is involved in planning a variety of different community outreach projects. Students earn their vocational credits by attending Central Nine Career Center or maintaining employement of 15 hours per week. Vocational credit includes class work such as resumes, references, cover letters, and mock interviews. Students must also complete an individual portfolio. Students who achieve all required credits receive a diploma from Whiteland Community High School. Clark Pleasant Academy also offers the opportunity to earn a Core 40 or Honors diploma, as well as participating in the Early College program offered by Ivy Tech. The progress of all Academy graduates is monitored for two years following graduation.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Adult Education, Alternative Education, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Computer Assisted Instruction, Credit Recovery, Service Learning, Life Skills Training

Strategies for Locating Students:
Phone calls, Home visits, Personalized letters, Newspaper ads, Television ads/radio announcements, Online videos, Website with reenrollment options, Reengagement/resource fairs, Materials distributed in public venues, Posters displayed in public places, Outreach conducted at locations/events attended by youth, Public events focused on dropout recovery, Current students asked to recruit friends, School or district teams to track students, Collaboration with other schools/districts, Collaboration with social service agencies/community-based organizations, Collaboration with law enforcement

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: 16-20%
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Involvement with positive peer activities


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self


  • Comprehensive diagnostic systems
  • Early warning systems
  • Personalized instruction and learning
  • Rigorous and relevant instruction
  • Academic support
  • Instruction on behavior and social skills
  • Supportive school climate
  • Development of vocational skills
  • Encourage family involvement/community supports
  • Teach self-determination and self-advocacy skills including student/person-centered planning
  • Eliminate practices that push students out of school
  • Help students to address problems that interfere with learning

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:


Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Computer/Internet Based

Simon Youth Foundation, Ivy Tech, Plato Learning

Evaluation Information:

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level