The founders of Altus Academy firmly believe that schools are meant to inspire trust and hope for society. They are intended to serve families and communities by preparing young people for responsible citizenship.

They should provide environments where each student can be known personally and where every student can understand more deeply her and his strengths and potential. Great professionals working in schools can help young people to navigate some difficult years by shaping not just their minds, but their hearts as well.

Altus Academy was founded in response to the challenges that students and families face in navigating changing social values and educational institutions.

Challenge

Students from low-income, historical minority, or first-generation college-graduating families who live in communities afflicted by high crime, material poverty, and the deleterious effects of the breakdown of the family are underrepresented in college-preparatory high schools, four-year colleges, and professional society. Further, while the number of underrepresented students who want to attend college has increased, fewer than 20 percent of eighth graders are on track for college-level work, frustrating this aspiration.

Our Solution:

In addition to innovative academic instruction and standards of excellence, Altus Academy will provide long-term support and guidance to create a path towards educational attainment for students and families.

Challenge

Our consumer culture and the growth of moral relativism are sources of confusion for today’s youth. This culture proposes the false priorities of autonomous self-gratification and material success as the primary goal of our lives.

Our Solution:

Altus Academy cultivates the true nature of human dignity, where each person grows to serve God and others.

Challenge

The current model of education has marginalized the role of the family.

Our Solution:

Altus Academy will support parents as the primary influencers and educators of their children and will actively engage families as partners in defining and attaining their educational aspirations.

Challenge

Tension and violence often dominate neighborhood relations, producing a dangerous, hostile environment for children.

Our Solution:

Altus Academy develops students and families to build solidarity in the interest of social justice and the common good, instilling the conviction to be agents of cultural transformation in troubled communities.