Cardinal Academy has a new name, Phoenix Horizon Community. The opening of school in August brings many changes for the school, which will now serve grades 7-12 collaborating with all three middle schools as well as Great Crossing and Scott County high schools.
Students, staff, and school leaders worked for months to determine a new name that fit the culture of the school. The phoenix is a large, majestic bird said to derive from the burning sun. Legend says it lives for thousands of years before igniting into flames with one clap of its wings and then rising anew from the ashes.
The phoenix is a symbol of overcoming darkness, rising to the challenge, and perseverance. Students and staff identify with the phoenix as a symbol of the transformation that happens at the school and the opportunities that await students just over the horizon.
Programming at Phoenix Horizon Community will be specialized to meet the individual needs. During the regular school day, every student will have a mentor and will participate in Discovery and Sources of Strength.
The Discovery program teaches positive social skills. Areas of study include: effective groups, anger management, communication skills, assertiveness training, problem solving, and conflict resolution.
Sources of Strength (SOS) is student-led and focuses on creating a culture of positivity to prevent youth suicide, eliminate bullying, and curb substance abuse. It identifies eight areas where students find strength: spirituality, generosity, health activities, mentors, positive friends, family support, mental health, and medical access.
Scott County Middle College provides dual credit opportunities in partnership with BCTC allowing students to earn college credit while completing requirements for high school graduation.
Ignition is a partnership with The Ridge for grades 6-12 that provides daily therapy to students in need.
Qualifying students may also take part in modified and night school at Phoenix. This option is primarily those who need less than four credits to graduate. Night school may also be used as a disciplinary action.
Another component of Phoenix Horizon will be Scott County Alternative Program (SCAP) designed for students at both GCHS and SCHS who have major disciplinary infractions. It includes mandatory counseling, daily Discovery and work ethics training, support from Sources of Strength, and weekly mentor sessions.
In 2019, 82 students graduated from the school, now under a new name but still offering specialized services and programs proven effective to meet the needs of students. Phoenix Horizon Community. Igniting Hope.