Rise Inspire Academy

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. Each school has a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) on staff as well as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS). 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 the curriculum does this school use?

The curriculum through Inspire Academies public charter district 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 has designed a “three-tiered curriculum” that not only meets state standards but also helps students follow their passions and become self-directed learners.

How old do I have to be 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 year. Please complete the form below and we will contact you to answer any questions including the enrollment process.

Does you have a summer school program?

This is a year-round recovery program.

What is the criteria for eligibility?

Students are considered eligible to attend Rise Inspire Academy if they are within grade levels 9-12. Students must have thirty or more days of sobriety. Students must obtain a recommendation by the Program Administrator and/or have successfully completed an IOP/ IPT/ RTC. Students must show a willingness to do school work and participate in other therapeutic/recovery activities. Students must have weekly recovery support sessions with their Peer Recovery Coach and/or therapist as recommended by an APG. Parents or an approved family member(s) must attend weekly family group meetings at an approved APG (or as recommended by their Family Recovery Coach).

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

Experience has shown that family involvement is a key indicator of success for a young person in early recovery. Consequently, family involvement is a core component of the recovery high school model. Once a student is enrolled, regular parent meetings are conducted at the school where parents will have access to Rise Inspire Academy staff on a regular basis.

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?

Students who are wishing to be considered for enrollment must be referred through Rise Recovery APG. Please contact the Program Administrator at info@riserecovery.org for information on recovery program admissions.

The education provided by Inspire Academies is provided through a public charter school system and is free to all students. Program fees pertain ONLY to the recovery programming provided by Rise Recovery. Fees are collected to help cover the cost of recovery staffing, drug testing, cognitive testing, recovery activities, and other costs associated with the recovery portion of the program. We aim to provide recovery services to all qualifying students, regardless of financial capacity. Scholarships may be available to students who fill out the required application. Please contact the Program Administrator at info@RiseRecovery.org for program fee and scholarship questions.

How do I make a referral to this school?

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 in recovery 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 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The School Day begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.

Where is the Rise Inspire Academy located?

The physical address is 4601 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78212.

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?

VIA bus passes will be available for students who would like to utilize public transportation.

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

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.


Have Questions?

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