P.E.A.S.E. Academy has continued to have a very successful first semester of the school year. Enrollment has steadily increased with new enrollments and robust retention. Parents continue to find peer support in our monthly Parents of P.E.A.S.E. evening support groups facilitated by the school’s Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), Rufus Brown. And our students continue to find their voices going to traditional high schools to share their experience, strength, and hope most recently at Edina High School.
November 6th, Minnesota Recovery High School students gathered in Rochester, MN at APEX Recovery School for a day of learning, fun, and connection. It is important for young people in recovery to know that they are not alone. In February, the schools will once again get together, this time at Green Acres for a day of snow tubing. Also in November, we hosted our annual Student Talent Show, known as the P.E.A.S.E. Extravaganza. We served a delicious dinner and students, families, and friends enjoyed a fun filled day. Knowing that the holidays can be very stressful, on November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving Break, we hosted our annual Recovery Revival. We had numerous speakers from the community come in to share with our students and they engaged in a variety of community building activities.
P.E.A.S.E. Academy is really excited to be working with the Regional Centers of Excellence. The Leadership Team of the school has been drafting a rubric for the RCE Advocates to conduct an audit of our school, looking at both the academic rigor of the school and the recovery supports we provide. It is not often that a school is able to have an outside set of eyes come in and provide professional feedback on ways we can continue to improve an already strong program. And in February, our juniors and many of our seniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT test.