Life at Epic
Every student's EPIC journey begins with Strong Start, a three-day retreat for our freshmen class. At Strong Start we strive to move our 9th graders out of their comfort zones, from tackling zip lines and a rope course to a variety of challenging team-building activities. They meet their teachers and upperclassmen. They learn the value of collaboration and perseverance. And they get a preview of life after EPIC with a visit to a college campus.
At most schools, students are nowhere to be seen on conference day. At EPIC Academy, parent/teacher conferences are different: at the end of each semester, students report to parents on their progress. During our Student-Led Conferences, each student puts into practice communication skills they will find invaluable after graduation, delivering presentations that summarize grades, attendance and discipline. After the presentation, in consultation with parents and teachers, each student sets goals for the next semester. During the 2012-2013 school year, 89 percent of students had at least one parent or guardian in attendance at their Student-Led Conference.
We support our students with reading intervention programs (both for high achievers and for students who need extra help), Legends Hour (for students that have a hard time completing their homework), Crew (their four-year family at EPIC) and teachers who know that every one of our students can be successful in school and in life.
Pride in our students doesn’t end with commencement. We continue to maintain contact with recent graduates---offering encouragement and advice to ensure our students are receiving the support they need to complete the difficult transition from high school and home to college and living independently. And we ask our graduates to "pay it forward," by meeting with our current seniors and offering advice on school choice and how to make the leap from high school to college.