Students of the Month – February 2021

Congrats to our February Students of the Month!

This group is off to a great start to 2021 & a new semester!  Scroll down to read our Q&A with each program’s Student of the Month selection.


February 2021 Students of the Month:

  • Ella (Options Carmel)
  • Angela (Options Indiana)
  • Mireille (Options with ABA)
  • Mya (Options Noblesville)
  • Breasia (Options Indiana)

Ella
Options-Carmel

Grade: 10th

“Ella is a remarkable student–she demonstrates resiliency and a drive for success, both for herself and for others, even when things are difficult. This particular school year has been challenging in ways that previous school years have not been, and Ella has risen to the occasion of working above and beyond her course load to meet her academic and personal goals. Additionally, she has consistently done so with kindness, gratitude, and respect toward others. I’m grateful to know her!”Bethany Stewart (Options Carmel teacher) 

How long have you been attending Options?
I started here at the beginning of this school year (August 2020)

What has your Options experience been like?
It is amazing, I love it more than my last school. There are just more opportunities at this school.

Why do you think you were selected for Student of the Month?
I’m not sure, but I know I’m a hard worker when it comes to school.

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I like hanging out with my friends a lot.

What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
I would say the teachers because they are really nice & understanding about things.

What is your favorite subject in school?
Math because I’m really good at it and I kind of always have been.

Have you improved in any areas since starting at Options?
Definitely academics & my attendance. I never used to go to school because bigger schools were always overwhelming for me, but since I’ve been here, I’ve been a lot better about that.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I want to go to trade school to become a Veterinary Technician. Being here made me realize that I have a lot of opportunities, so I didn’t think much about it before this year.


Angela
Options Indiana

Grade: 11th

“Angela has overcome so many obstacles in the past few months and is so kind and thoughtful. She has made school a priority and has excelled in her courses this semester. She reaches out for help when she needs it and tries her very best. We are so lucky to have Angela as part of our Options family.” – Whitney Holmes (Angela’s advisor) 

What is your hometown/Where are you located in Indiana?
I currently live in Zionsville.

When did you enroll at Options?
I enrolled at Options at the beginning of March 2020.

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I like to watch the office, swim, help people, and I enjoy learning about politics!

What is your favorite thing about going to Options? Please explain
My favorite thing about going to Options is that the teachers are easy to talk to and help me understand topics that I find challenging.

What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
My favorite subject in school is Biology because I find it interesting and somewhat easy.

Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options? Please explain
I think I have improved in communication skills ever since I started Options.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate? What are they?
After I graduate high school I want to go to college and become a nurse or physical therapist!


Mireille
Options with ABA

Grade: 7th 

Mireille is an amazing student. Whether it’s tracking down the fearsome Indominus rex, writing a professional lab report on volcano experimentation, or providing words of encouragement for her peers, Mireille is always impressing me in class with her creativity, hard work and kindness.” – Sarah Danks (Options @ BACA teacher)

How long have you been enrolled in Options with ABA?
Since after Thanksgiving Break of 2020

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
Black belt at Geist Martial Arts. Writing in Arabic in class.

What is your favorite thing about attending Options with ABA?
The way Mrs. Sarah Danks supports the class and teaches. Also Mrs. Elizabeth.

What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
Science or math, it’s a hard choice for real. They work together.

Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
I have improved my math skills and my writing skills have improved greatly!

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
Probably in lawn care service or an animal training specialist.


Mya
Options-Noblesville

Grade: 6th

“Mya has been working hard to get all of her work done, and to stay caught up in her classes. Whenever she has free time in class, Mya volunteers to help the other students that are struggling with their work. She always comes to class prepared, and with a great attitude!” Ashley Jennings (Mya’s advisor) 

What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
I like it here and the people are all nice.

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I like to draw

What is your favorite subject in school?
I like math. It is easier for me.

Have you improved in any areas since starting at Options?
I’ve definitely become better at typing.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I think I want to go to a musical or performing arts school.


Breasia
Options Indiana

Grade: 10th

“Breasia has been a model student! She communicates with her teachers in a timely and respectful manner and is pleasant to work with.  She finished two credits during February and is well on her way to finishing her next course.  Breasia takes great notes using her tutorials and uses guided notes as needed.  Keep up the great work Breasia!”
Emily Swanson (Breasia’s advisor)

What is your hometown/Where are you located in Indiana?
My hometown is Fort Wayne

When did you enroll at Options?
I started at Options in 2018

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I enjoy doing hair & nails, and love doing it in my free time.

What is your favorite thing about going to Options? Please explain
Teachers have an understanding, and we can work at our own pace.

Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options? Please explain
All of my credits are from Options. I feel like the tutorials helped me understand a lot of things.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate? What are they?
I either want to own my own salon or get into the medical field as an anesthesiologist.


 

EXPLORE OPTIONS!
Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with two brick-and-mortar campuses in Hamilton County. Options also offers additional campus, hybrid & online programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 129 school corporations). With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

 

 

Options to partner with Indiana Behavior Analysis Academy in Kokomo

Options Schools & Indiana Behavior Analysis Academy will partner to form a hybrid education program in Kokomo, IN.
Options Schools & Indiana Behavior Analysis Academy will partner to form a hybrid education program in Kokomo, IN.


Options @ IBAA flyer (PDF) | IBAA website | Options with ABA website

KOKOMO, Ind. – A new partnership between Options Schools and the Indiana Behavior Analysis Academy (IBAA) will now provide Kokomo-area families with the opportunity to have access to an accredited Applied Behavior Analysis therapy facility, and an accredited public education in one convenient location.

Known as ‘Options @ IBAA,’ the program will offer diploma, certificate and functional academic tracks based on the individual needs of each student. Options’ highly-qualified team will be co-located within IBAA in Kokomo (125 W. Taylor St). This blended model will provide students with a 3:1 student-to-teacher ratio and an optimal learning environment to receive their education and 1:1 for therapy services.

Students attending the ‘Options at IBAA’ program will participate in the educational program for half of the day, either during the Morning or Afternoon session. Students will receive 3-4 hours of supports in social skills, independent living, and self-management from IBAA’s team. When participating in ABA therapy, students will receive 1:1 supports from a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and program oversight from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers additional programs (including Options @ IBAA and Options @ BACA) that serve students in over 90 school corporations throughout the state of Indiana. With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002 and specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.

The Indiana Behavior Analysis Academy (IBAA) helps children with autism obtain the skills needed to successfully navigate their lives and grow to be more independent, happy young adults. IBAA was founded in Kokomo in 2015 as a program focused on quality services and outcomes. The program was one of the first accredited ABA centers in the state of Indiana and continues to be the only accredited program in Kokomo. IBAA is in network with all major insurance carriers and has a team onsite to support families and answer questions related to insurance coverage.

“After the great amount of success we have seen in the Options @ BACA program as it enters its second year in Fishers, we are excited to now also serve families in the Kokomo area,” said Options President/CEO Dr. Mike Gustin. “With Options Schools and IBAA both having missions based around helping students succeed through an individualized approach, it was a natural fit. We are excited to see the growth of Options @ IBAA and the positive impact it will have on Kokomo-area students.”

“IBAA is excited about the opportunity to partner with Options Charter School to provide a blended academic and therapeutic program for individuals in the Kokomo area.,” said IBAA Owner/Director Lisa Steward. “The Options team offers years of experience and a commitment to excellence which makes them a great addition to our program at IBAA. Together we will accomplish great things for our students and community.”

Program staff will include IBAA Owner/Director Lisa Steward and IBAA Clinical Supervisor Brittany Morgan, along with Options teachers and Lisa Chandler, Principal for Options with ABA.

Principal for Options with ABA, Lisa Chandler helped launch Options’ first ABA partnership, with Options @ BACA, and will serve in a similar role for Options @ IBAA. Chandler has spent the majority of her career in alternative educational settings playing a key role in the development, implementation and growth of educational programs for individuals on the spectrum. Chandler is also highly skilled in classroom design integrating sensory therapeutic and academic needs to create environments for multiple learning styles and her background includes extensive curriculum and assessment development. A 2006 graduate of Indiana University, she holds an Indiana teaching license in Mild Interventions P-12 and is nearing completion of her degree in Educational Leadership. Chandler is also a member of the Indiana Association of School Principals.

Lisa Steward, MA, BCBA, is the Owner and Clinical Director of Indiana Behavior Analysis Academy. Steward was board certified in 2009 and has since held Clinical Director positions in growing ABA clinics, consulted in a variety of schools, provided family and professional training, and taught for Purdue University. Steward founded IBAA in 2014 with the desire to expand the program to support individuals ranging in age from birth through early adulthood.

Brittany Morgan, MS, BCBA, is a Clinical Supervisor at IBAA. Morgan joined the IBAA team in October of 2016 as a Program Manager and quickly established herself as an exceptional behavior analyst and leader. Morgan has worked in the field for over eleven years in a variety of roles and environments. In addition to her experience and knowledge, Morgan demonstrates a commitment to the individuals IBAA supports, making her an ideal clinician to oversee the IBAA portion of the Options @ IBAA expansion.

The ‘Options @ IBAA’ program will begin in mid-to-late November 2020. The program will also cap enrollment at eight for the 2020-21 pilot year.

To secure a seat in ‘Options @ IBAA,’ interested applicants can visit OptionsSchools.org/enroll-now to submit an application.

For additional questions about the program, contact Options with ABA Principal Lisa Chandler via email. For more information about ABA and IBAA, email IBAA Owner/Director Lisa Steward.


Daily Options @ IBAA Schedule

Indiana Behavior Analysis Academy in Kokomo, IN
IBAA is located at 125 W. Taylor St. in Kokomo, IN

 

 

Students of the Month – Sept. 2020

Congrats to our September Students of the Month for the 2020-21 school year! Scroll down to read our Q&A with each program’s Student of the Month selection.

September 2020 Options Students of the Month


Sept. 2020 Students of the Month:

  • James G. (Options-Carmel)
  • Alex F. (Options @ Growing Minds)
  • Brayleigh B. (Options-Noblesville)
  • Quentin K. (Options @ BACA)
  • Ty Z. (Options @ HYCA)
  • Terez S. (Options Indiana)

James G.
Options-Carmel

Grade: 6th 

How has the first month of the school year been for you?
It’s been pretty good; I like it here. I like my classmates, teachers & classes.

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I play video games and spend time with my family. I like playing Call of Duty and Warzone the most, but a bunch of games overall.

What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
The people just seem to be nicer & the school is just better overall. It’s nice to have a small class. My two sisters used to go here too, so that’s how my family knew about Options.

What is your favorite subject in school?
I enjoy Math most

Have you improved in any areas since starting at Options?
I think I’ve definitely got better at Math.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I think it would be cool to be a professional gamer.


Alex F.
Options @ Growing Minds

Grade: 10th 

Do you attend Growing Minds in Columbia City or Fort Wayne?
I attend in Fort Wayne and I started during the second semester of the 2019-20 school year.

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I really like playing basketball and baseball. My favorite spot to play each is center in basketball & outfield in baseball.

What is your favorite thing about Options @ Growing Minds?
I think it’s the fact that it’s like a family atmosphere each day and not like a regular school where a lot of people might feel like strangers. It’s easy to be honest and open with the teachers because they want the best for you.

What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
I enjoy Career Skills because it covers a little bit of everything and its stuff we need to know.

Have you improved in any areas since starting at Growing Minds?
At my other school, I didn’t get any work done because I would just want to sleep. After talking with some of the teachers, I am more motivated with my future. I’ve been working really hard every day and that didn’t use to be me.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I think I want to attend trade school & become a welder. I like making things and I know I can make some good money doing it.


Brayleigh B.
Options-Noblesville

Grade: 6th

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I enjoy practicing origami and making things. I learned through videos & books. I usually like making origami balloons. I like playing outside. 

What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
It’s been good, I’ve liked basically everything about it. The teachers in the middle school are awesome. It’s a really fun school with really good teachers and I’m glad to be here.

What is your favorite subject in school?
I like Advising most because I enjoy Kimberly as a teacher so it’s nice having additional time to talk about things.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I have a lot of things I want to do, maybe become a baker.


Quentin K.
Options @ BACA

Grade: 10th

How long have you been enrolled at BACA and/or Options @ BACA?
August 2020

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I like jumping on the trampoline, watching television & hanging out with my friends.

What is your favorite thing about attending Options @ BACA?
I enjoy my classmates and the teachers

What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
Science

Have you improved in any areas since enrolling in Options @ BACA?
I’m getting better at reading and socializing.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
Unknown


Ty Z.
Options @ HYCA

Grade:  11th 

What is your hometown?
I’m from Chandler, IN, but since it’s a small town I just say Evansville because people know it more that way.

What has your HYCA experience been like?
It’s been pretty good. The first two weeks were rough, but eventually you get used to the routine and what’s going on. The start is like bootcamp because you are learning how things need to be done. After a week or so, you start to make friends and things just get simpler.

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I played soccer for many years growing up and into high school. We have a couple hours of free time here after the school day ends, so I read a lot. I’ve already ready eight or nine books in the nine weeks that I’ve been at HYCA. I really enjoy dystopian literature.

What have you enjoyed most about the HYCA experience?
I got here not knowing what I was going to learn, but now being nine weeks in, I realize I need to do something with my life after I graduate, whether it’s school or a career so I can make something of myself.

Have you improved in any areas since starting Options @ HYCA?
With Options, I can work at my own pace & I realize I know a lot more than I think. Having help from teachers is nice too. If you put your mind to it and you want to be successful, it’s amazing what you can accomplish in classes and earning credits. I also have realized I didn’t have a great mindset before coming here and now I’m on track.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do just yet, but I know I’m going to make sure I get my high school diploma first. After that, I will see what will be next, maybe going into the military.


Terez S.
Options Indiana

Grade: 12

What is your hometown?
I live in Highland, IN, which is considered “the region”

How have the first few weeks of the school year been for you?
I actually love this school and have had a great start to my year.  I’m looking forward to my graduation in December.

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I am a busy mom of a three-year-old and a newborn. Most of my free time, when I’m not working to finish my classes, is spent raising and taking care of them.

What do you enjoy most about being an Options Indiana student?

I love the teachers and I love communicating with them. They are so easy to talk to and always get right back with me when I need something.

Do you have a favorite subject in school?
I really like science.

Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
I have improved in all of my subject areas but mostly I have found and improved on my motivation to finish school. 

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
After I graduate in December, I would like to go to school and work on my Cosmetology License.


 

 

Options @ BACA Open House set for January 20

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) | Open House Flyer

Having launched in September 2019, a new partnership between Options Schools and The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) now provides families with the opportunity to have access to Applied Behavior Analysis therapy and an accredited public education in one convenient location.

With a limited number of seats remaining in the program, Options @ BACA will hold an Open House on Monday, January 20. The event will begin at 5 PM and take place at BACA Prep in Fishers. All interested families are welcome to attend, but will need to RSVP for the event by emailing Andrew Piper (apiper@optionsined.org).

Known as ‘Options @ BACA,’ the program offers diploma, certificate and functional academic tracks based on the individual needs of each student. Options’ highly-qualified team is co-located within BACA Prep in Fishers. This blended model has provided students with an optimal learning environment to receive both their education and therapy services.

Students attending the ‘Options at BACA’ program will participate in the educational program for three hours each day, either during the AM or PM session. In addition, families may choose to enroll with BACA for clinical services to be provided during the opposite session from education. Students do not need to be receiving BACA services in order to enroll in the ‘Options @ BACA’ educational program.

 

About Options Schools
Serving students in grades 6-12, Options Schools are free, public charter schools with brick and mortar campuses in Carmel and Noblesville & a new campus opening in Westfield in August 2021. Options also offers a Distance Education program that serves students throughout Indiana. Providing students with an inclusive environment and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1. With a high-quality, individualized approach, Options was founded in 2002.