Rise Inspire Academy

RECOVERY UNCOVERED: A SNEAK PEAK AND Q & A WITH RISE INSPIRE ACADEMY STAFF!

Recovery High School FAQs

What is a Recovery High School?

A Recovery High School must “meet state requirements for awarding a secondary school diploma” and be “designed specifically for students recovering from substance abuse or dependency.” All enrolled students are required to be in recovery and working a program of recovery approved by the school. They are prepared through policies, protocols, and the hiring of qualified personnel to address the needs of students in crisis – therapeutic or other.

What recovery support do you provide?

Students enrolling have already established their motivation to achieve and maintain their recovery from drugs and alcohol. As part of the intake process, each student develops their own individualized recovery plan that documents the activities they will participate in to support their recovery. Staff will meet regularly with the students to monitor and provide support on their recovery plan and any other substance-related issues. Recovery staff also works with the student’s alternative peer group leader, sponsors, parents, and therapists to create a team of support for the student. In addition to the individual support, recovery-based groups are incorporated into the daily classroom curriculum. Students in the recovery program will participate in 12-step meetings and sober activities for young people in recovery. Our program also has a morning check-in group specific to our students, which allows the opportunity to check in on how things are going for them and to hold themselves or other students accountable when appropriate. Recovery high schools incorporate a strong peer culture in which all students identify as having a substance use disorder and have made a commitment to support their fellow students as they face the challenges associated with early recovery.

What curriculum does this school use?

The curriculum through Inspire Academies charter adheres to state standards in all subjects, including the core areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. In order to fully address student needs, Inspire Academies have designed a “three-tiered curriculum” that not only meets state standards but also helps students follow their passions and become self-directed learners.

What is the age requirement to attend?

Rise Inspire Academy accepts students within grade levels 9-12.

Can I enroll at any time throughout the year?

Yes, enrollment is open throughout the school year. Please complete the form below and we will contact you to answer any questions including the enrollment process.

What are the criteria for eligibility?

Students seeking enrollment at Rise Inspire Academy must meet the following criteria for enrollment:

Show a willingness to abstain from the use of any mind-altering substance, engage in all school work, and participate in all therapeutic and recovery activities.
*This eligibility requirement will be evaluated during a student interview with the Program Administrator, at which time a potential student may be asked to complete two Shadow Days at our campus for further evaluation. Student interviews are held on Wednesdays and Shadow Days are held on the Tuesday and Thursday of the week following the initial student interview. Both Shadow Days must be attended by prospective students.
Prior to their first day of school, parents/guardians must ensure that all student enrollment paperwork has been completed, including any financial aid applications and auto payment schedules for recovery program fees.
Rise Inspire Academy students must acknowledge that they will be given random drug testing throughout the school year to hold them accountable to their commitment to sobriety.

Why do family members/guardians have to participate in an Alternative Peer Group (APG)?

Parent involvement is a key factor to overall success for the whole family. For continued enrollment, Rise Inspire Academy requires that a parent(s), a loved one, or a legal guardian of our students participate in four meetings each month through the Rise Recovery Family Group or an approved alternative group meeting and attend a minimum of one individual counseling session with a Family Group Peer Coach. Family Group meetings and counseling sessions are intended to offer additional support to families experiencing substance use with their teen loved one. These meetings are held every week; meeting times and locations can be found on the Rise Recovery website at: www.riserecovery.org.

In addition to the weekly Family Group meetings with Rise Recovery, the family member(s) of Rise Inspire Academy students are invited to attend monthly Parent Engagement meetings with fellow Rise Inspire Academy parents. Monthly Parent Engagement meeting attendance will count towards the four (4) required meetings per month. Parent Engagement meetings are held in person on the 1st Monday of every month and will be held virtually on the 3rd Thursday of each month (see calendar for dates and times). These additional meetings will offer discussion and support pertaining directly to the success of our students within Rise Inspire Academy.

Do you drug test?

Yes, random drug tests will be conducted. Appropriate measurements of treatment modifications will result from such testing.

How do I apply?

Please contact the Program Administrator at ria-info@riserecovery.org for information on recovery program admissions.

How do I make a referral to Rise Inspire Academy?

Inspire Academies is a public charter school where anyone is eligible to enroll. In order to be accepted into Rise Inspire Academy, all referrals must be approved through Rise Recovery. If you are not a potential student or parent of a student but wish to refer a student in recovery to this program, please reach out to the staff to begin an intake form and gather information for your prospective student. The student and their parents will need to complete the enrollment and application process directly through Rise Recovery.         

What are the hours of operation?

The Administrative Offices are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The School Day begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.

Where is the Rise Inspire Academy located?

Rise Inspire Academy is located at the Rise Recovery Charlie Naylor Campus, 2803 Mossrock, San Antonio, TX 78230.

What are Inspire Friday’s?

Every Friday afternoon is dedicated to a different recovery or wellness activity. It might be creative, contemplative, a short field trip or community outreach. These activities are designed to bring the students together and inspire them for the weekend ahead.

What about transportation?

Transportation must be arranged by parents or legal guardians during the enrollment process. Designated drop off and pick up points will be established and communicated to parents. If a student needs transportation assistance, there are three options for getting to campus:

Students may carpool to school (with written parent consent–see forms);
Students may be dropped off and picked up at the designated drop-off and pick-up locations;
Or a student may use VIA transit services. VIA bus passes may be provided at no cost to students who need transportation assistance. If you need to apply for a free VIA bus pass, please indicate that need to the RIA Program Administrator.

If a student is 18 years or older, they can make these arrangements for themselves.

Is it possible for students to graduate “on time” through this school?

Yes, credit recovery is available.

How long can students attend?

Students are able to graduate with their high school diploma from Rise Inspire Academy.

Will I, as a guardian, have access to information about my student’s recovery/relapse?

We believe holistic recovery takes a village, so with that in mind our wellness recovery program utilizes a wraparound of continued care. Monthly meetings are essential to achieving recovery and academic goals. The meetings will include the student’s recovery team as well as parents/guardians.


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