Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is The Academy able to provide attendant care if needed?
A: No. Attendant care, if needed, for any KSU student must be provided by the family.
Q: What are the most important criteria for success in The Academy?
A: Student motivation.
Q: Is on campus housing available?
A: Yes. Academy students may apply for dorm living through the Program Coordinator.
Q: Is dorm living supervised by The Academy?
A: No. Academy students are expected to follow the same code of conduct as all KSU students and will depend on KSU Resident Assistants for support. Academy students do not live in designated dorms/rooms and may have roommates not in The Academy. On campus housing is a family decision.
Q: Does The Academy offer Independent Living classes?
A: No. The Academy is a fully inclusive program using natural supports and resources available on campus and "teachable moments" with staff and mentors. All Academy students participate in 1 -2 hours per week of Academy Training Sessions, addressing topics related to Career, Academic and Social Adjustment.
Q: Are Academy students eligible for Financial Aid?
A: Not at this time. The Academy staff has applied for approval for financial aid is working closely with the KSU Director of Financial Aid in accomplishing that.
Q: Are there scholarships available?
A: Yes. At this time there is support for Tuition Assistance but this may not be available after 2012-13 school years.
Q: What is the diploma requirement?
A: All diploma types from an accredited high school are accepted.
Q: What is the availability of support?
A: Trained KSU student mentors attend class with Academy students though they do not necessarily sit next to the students. The mentors are available for academic and social tutoring and support upon request from 9-4 Monday - Friday. Academy students are strongly encouraged and may be scheduled by staff to meet with mentors/tutors on a weekly basis.
Q: What are the program outcomes?
A: Our case management approach leads to a very individualized outcome for each student. Goals are based upon individual counseling and through Person Centered Planning, leading to a meaningful outcome for each student. “Data from the national vocational rehabilitation database (RSA 911) show that youth with ID who participated in postsecondary education were 26% more likely to leave vocational rehabilitation services with a paid job and earn a 73% higher weekly income.” Migliore, A., Butterworth, J., & Hart, D. (2009). Postsecondary Education and Employment Outcomes for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities. Think College, Fast Facts, No.1