Emerson Academy, previously known as Seven Hills Alternative School and Gateway Academy, officially cut the ribbon on their brand new facility in the fall of 2019. Emerson Academy houses programs for students in grades nine through 12 who have a better opportunity for success in an alternative program. Students receive more one-on-one instruction and have programs that target their needs. Approximately 80 students attend the school each year.
Emerson Academy Resiliency Network (EARN) is a mentorship program available to junior and senior Emerson Academy Students who apply and are accepted to the program.
Students have to meet certain benchmarks and guidelines, including finishing school and graduating on time, but are able to earn financial compensation that will be available to them to use for postsecondary education upon graduation. Students are not eligible for KEES money like students at a traditional high school.
Students are required to be a part of a work-study program with a community mentor. This opportunity will not only allow them to experience possible career paths, but also have motivation and a support structure to help them through graduation and beyond.