Helendale's New Charter School Enrolling

The Helendale School District has opened a new charter school.

Independence Charter Academy (ICA) is an Independent Study Program offered to transitional Kindergarten through 12th grade students.

The school first opened for the 2014-15 school year and has tripled in student enrollment since its beginning in August.

Mr. Hayhurst, the Director of ICA, has many years of experience working in the education field. He puts his students’ success as a top priority and holds high expectations that fit each student.

The professional staff of teachers and administrators work directly with Mr. Hayhurst to make Independence Charter Academy a positive place to grow and receive an education.

Independence Charter Academy has a small student-to-teacher ratio, allowing each student ample opportunity to interact with their teachers. With the use of Google Chromebook laptops, assigned to every pupil, communication is easy.

For elementary students, weekly Wild Wednesdays are a time for students to interact with one another while creating arts and craft projects, playing educational games, and staying physically fit during a fun game of dodgeball or indoor soccer.

Secondary students love being a part of Thrilling Thursdays, a day packed with elective courses focused around real life career experience.

This year, Independence Charter Academy held classes in Criminal Justice/Public Safety, Health and Wellness, Computer Repair, Emergency Medical Response, Music, and Band.

For the 2015-16 School year, ICA students will be able to participate in sports programs with Helendale School District’s Academy of Careers and Exploration. They are excited to commence the first year of football for the district.

Independence Charter Academy held its first graduation with 16 seniors receiving their diplomas in the Silver Lakes clubhouse ballroom, which was filled with of patriotic decor.

JJ’s Kountry Kafe allowed the students to hold a spaghetti dinner to raise money for the first ICA prom.

Independence Charter Academy is now enrolling students for the 2015-16 school year with bright plans for the future.

Transportation is available in certain areas of the High Desert. For more information, call Independence Charter Academy at (760) 952-1760.

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