The #1 Addiction Recovery Program in the state of Texas (TODAY Foundation, 2007)
The Courage Program was founded in 2003 as a means to reach those high school students who struggle with the challenges of returning to the same school environment they attended prior to substance abuse treatment. It is a unique classroom within Winfree Academy Charter Schools that offers a safe supportive environment for students in recovery. The program offers students the opportunity to attend 12-step meetings, substance abuse education classes, and supportive groups. Families are also involved through multi-family education groups in the evenings.
Enrollment in the Courage program is completely free and because it is a program within Winfree Academy Charter Schools, it is available to any student living in Texas. In fact, it is one of the only programs of its kind in Texas. Once enrolled in the Courage Program, students are expected to commit to the guidelines of the program and maintain a sober lifestyle. Enrolled students must meet the following requirements:
- Provide a clean urinalysis
- Attend 12- step meetings
- Attend support groups
- Attend chemical education groups
- Attend art therapy groups
- Maintain 90% attendance
High School students in the program are also subject to random drug testing. The student’s parents and family are expected to attend the multi-family education groups that are held once a week in the evening as a means of involvement and support of the student’s recovery.
Other aspects of the program include individualized learning, school recovery activities, opportunities for students to gain community service hours, receive individualized attention, and academic guidance. Courage students attend school from 7:50am-1pm, Monday through Thursday, and 7:50am until 12:00pm on Friday.
The Courage Program is a member of the Association of Recovery Schools, and in 2007 was recognized as the #1 Anti-Drug Program in the State of Texas by the TODAY Foundation. Since its opening the Courage Program has expanded from one campus to three and has served over 400 students. The future of the Courage Program includes continued growth and increased community outreach as well as to be a part of all the Winfree Academy Charter School campuses.
The Courage Program is available at our Grand Prairie, North Richland Hills and Richardson campuses.