Students of the Month – Oct. 2020

Congrats to our October 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.

October 2020 Students of the Month - Options Schools


Oct. 2020 Students of the Month:

  • Ellana S. (Options-Carmel)
  • Maddie B. (Options-Noblesville)
  • Brycen B. (Options @ BACA)
  • Tara W. (Options @ HYCA)
  • Brooklyn B. (Options Indiana)

Ellana S.
Options-Carmel

Grade: 9th 

When did you enroll at Options?
I came to Options to start this school year.

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I like to play volleyball and draw fashion design clothing.

What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
Everyone is nice and I just feel welcome here because there’s no judging. I went to a Christian school in middle school and I have done much better in smaller schools. I get more 1-on-1 help from teachers also. This kind of feels like another “home” for me too.

What is your favorite subject in school?
History

Have you improved in any areas since starting Options?
I’m getting better at math and that’s been because I’ve been able to get help and go through the steps on things I struggle with.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I want to go to college to be in a fashion-related career & just be really successful in life.


Maddie B.
Options-Noblesville

Grade: 11th

When did you enroll at Options?
I started at the beginning of this school year in August. Once I got through the first day, all of my nerves settled. I was more familiar with the students and everyone was really welcoming, and I really like that.

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I enjoy writing and photography. I like fiction writing and to write short stories, I’m actually working on something now that I hope can become a model. I enjoy street photography because you could capture a special moment at any second. I also really like reading.

What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
It’s going great and it’s really comfortable to be here. It’s hard to explain, but when I leave home (in the morning) to come here, I’m coming to a second home with friends and teachers that I can go to if I need anything. I really enjoy it here.

What is your favorite subject in school?
English, probably because I’ve always enjoyed reading & writing.

Have you improved in any areas since starting Options?
Definitely. I’m much better at turning all of my assignments in on time and managing classes with better focus.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I want to go to Ball State University and major in teaching, and when I graduate, I want to be an elementary or middle school English teacher in a small-town in Kentucky or Tennessee. I grew up in the country and I just love the small-town feel.


Brycen B.
Options @ BACA

Grade: 7th

How long have you been enrolled at BACA and/or Options @ BACA?
I have been at Options for a year and a half.

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I like to play basketball, playing video games, and playing football. My favorite video game is NBA 2k16. 

What is your favorite thing about attending Options @ BACA?
The classes are easier for me to understand. I also like the school day schedule.

What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
Art is my favorite school subject. I also like writing stories.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I am interested in working for Pepsi. I want to work there because my uncle works there, and I would get to see him more! I would want to be a delivery driver for them!


Tara W.
Options @ HYCA

Grade:  12th 

What is your hometown?
Anderson, IN 

What has your HYCA experience been like?
It has been really beneficial. The first couple of weeks are tough for everyone, but it’s a lot of adjusting to a new routine. I have earned the rank of Master Sergeant, which is the second-highest rank for Cadets at HYCA. All of the Cadets here come to me with their issues, and it is my responsibility to help them work through issues, so that has matured me even more.

Have you improved in any areas since starting Options @ HYCA?
I didn’t have many future goals when I came here because I knew I was a senior & I didn’t focus much on school. Now I’m looking at going to college and preparing for a successful career. 

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
When I leave HYCA, I’m going to finish the second half of my senior year so I can finish my diploma and graduate. After that, I’m going to attend Ivy Tech for the first two years of college, and I will also enlist in the Army. I want to study human services and social work because I’ve always been comfortable working with people and helping others.


Brooklyn B.
Options Indiana

Grade: 12

What is your hometown?
Elwood, IN

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I love spending my free time with my family.

What do you enjoy most about being an Options Indiana student?
I am 23 and I have two kids, so I really love that I am able to do my schoolwork on my own time. I always got easily distracted whenever I was in public school when I was younger so I love that I can wait to do my work whenever it is quiet, and I don’t have any distractions.

Do you have a favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject is health.

Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
I have really surprised myself with how well I’ve done in math!

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I am currently enrolled in cosmetology school and have a date to graduate in 2022! I am so excited for the future and wouldn’t be able to do any of this if it wasn’t for Options!


 

 

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 additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 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

 

 

2020 Options Commencement Ceremony

This video is a celebration & recognition of the Options Schools Class of 2020! This Commencement Ceremony was streamed on Facebook Live on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.


As a send-off to the Class of 2020, the Options Team shared in there reading of ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’ by Dr. Seuss.


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 additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 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.

 

 

2020 Graduation Info – May 27 (6:30 PM)

Graduation Program (PDF) | Watch Graduation

As regulations around the state will prohibit Options Schools from holding a traditional Graduation ceremony at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, this year’s Graduation is going online for an event that will be streamed on Facebook Live at this linkFacebook.com/optionscharterschools/.

The ceremony can be viewed on Facebook Live on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Following the conclusion of the 6:30 PM live stream, the full ceremony will be available on-demand via Options Schools’ Facebook page.

The stream will start at 6:10 PM EST so families can start viewing the broadcast before the actual ceremony begins & the lead up to 6:30 will feature a scroll through Graduate photos. A PDF Graduation program that contains a ceremony schedule and Graduate lists can be found here. The event will also be available for viewing immediately following its conclusion on Facebook & will also be viable through (OptionsSchools.org) as well, following the ceremony.

 

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 additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 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 Schools Announces Graduation Plans

As regulations around the state will prohibit Options Schools from holding a traditional Graduation ceremony at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, this year’s Graduation is going online for an event that will be streamed on Facebook Live at this link: Facebook.com/optionscharterschools/.

The ceremony can be viewed on Facebook Live on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Following the conclusion of the 6:30 PM live event, the full ceremony will be available on-demand via Options Schools’ Facebook page.

Each campus Principal has already reached out to the Class of 2020 to provide information on how students can obtain their cap & gown, along with how they will be able to participate in the ceremony virtually.

 

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 additional programs that serve students throughout the state of Indiana (serving over 90 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.