The innovative Fortis Academy is the first public recovery high school for students who live in the Houston area. The school which opened in 2018 combines coaching, counseling and academics. Services are provided in a small learning community, with a low student-to-teacher ratio and individualized learning. Students attending Fortis complete a substance abuse or dependency rehab program. They continue their high school education in a sober environment.
A hallmark feature of Fortis is its culinary arts program. In 2019-2020 students also participate in an equine therapy program. An overarching philosophy at Fortis is to move from a mentality of punishing students to helping them.
"Peer pressure is a powerful force, so we combine counseling and coaching centers into the traditional school day to promote continued sobriety." - Harris County School Superintendent James Colbert Jr., avid supporter of Fortis Academy.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Three components exist: coaching, counseling and academics. Recovery coaches are staff members who teens can relate to and who have experiences with adolescents. They are considered to be team mentors, cheerleaders, and advocacy in recovery. Licensed counselors are available onsite to provide additional support. The school’s academic team helps students achieve the ultimate goal of receiving a diploma in a safe and sober environment. All students enrolled in the school are recovering from substance use disorders.