Grades District 1 140 Students3835 Forrest Road Columbus, GA 31907
The Edgewood Student Services Center houses AIM Alternative School and Catapult Academy. The AIM Alternative School is designed for students in grades 3-12 who have violated school district rules and have been temporarily removed from their home school. The goal of the program is to ensure that district students continue their education, complete their assigned days at the alternative school and learn how to make better choices by attending a structured/supported learning environment.
The philosophy of the Edgewood Student Services Center is to assist students in realizing their academic, social, and emotional potential by implementing proven strategies that have a meaningful and life-long effect. Our motto is enter with a past – leave with a future.
The faculty is equipped to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students – including those with special needs. Students are encouraged to internalize the strategies taught so that they do not repeat past negative behaviors. The staff consistently emphasizes the roles of the student and the parent in ensuring all students succeed both here at the center and in the future. AIM teachers attempt to create relationships with students based on research that has proven that disconnected youth can become better connected to life when caring, trained people are involved in their day-to-day lives.
Catapult Academy is owned and operated by Catapult Learning Academy, Inc., serves students ages 16-20 who have dropped out of the district's high schools and are in need of an alternative solution to a regular high diploma. The program provides a combination of small-group, teacher-led instruction, virtual learning, flexible scheduling, college admission guidance and career coaching. Educators and district leaders at the Catapult Academy of Muscogee County School District (MCSD) work closely to market and enroll students.
Catapult Academy of Muscogee County School District honors 67 graduates in its class of 2016. The district-approved program has graduated 127 students since its implementation in the fall of 2014. More than 600 friends, family, and community members attended the 2016 graduation ceremony. Catapult Academy at the Edgewood Student Services Center also has numerous articulation agreements with colleges and universities throughout the nation.
The AIM Alternative School models the usage of computer based and teacher-led instruction via Apex Learning. The Apex Learning program has helped students recover credits and has also increased the graduation rate in multiple high schools in the Muscogee County School District. In the future, AIM will use Apex Learning to support overage/under-achieving learners in middle school to remain on track to graduate in a timely manner. The utilization of Apex Learning was spearheaded at AIM and is now being used at all district high schools.
Catapult Academy at the Edgewood Student Services Center has the highest graduation rate versus all other Catapult Academy Sites in both Georgia and Florida.