How to Apply

  • Welcome! Partnership Academy accepts applications for high school students throughout the school year.
    Interested high school (grades 9-12) students should complete Part I of the application process.   Applicants should then give the completed application to their current school counselor. Interested students are invited to schedule a visit to Partnership Academy.

    NOTE: Prospective students must reside in the Orange County School District of North Carolina. Prospective students may apply or be recommended to attend Partnership Academy.

    Please complete the part of the application that pertains to you:

    • Application Instructions: Please print the following instructions for your reference. If you use Google Drive, you can also choose "File," "Make a Copy" to have your own version. 
    • Part 1: For Student and Parent. Please complete Part 1 of the application and then deliver to your current school guidance counselor. 
    • Part 2: Guidance Counselor. This document is visible only to those granted specific access.
    • Part 3: Teachers and Student Services. This document is visible only to those granted specific access.

    Helpful information once you've been accepted to Partnership Academy

    Quick Facts

    • The student-teacher ratio is 10-1.
    • Partnership teachers deliver differentiated instruction using a technique called blended learning.

    Services for Students in Special Programs

    • Exceptional Children: The IEP team and parents will determine a student’s specific needs and the availability of services required when considering enrollment at Partnership Academy.
    • SECTION 504: Students with a 504 plan are not excluded from placement consideration at PA. 
    • English as a Second Language (ESL): If an ESL student enrolls at PA, all appropriate services will be provided.  

    Counseling Services

    Individual counseling services are available to all students. Topics discussed may include but are not limited to career exploration/planning, and transition issues, academic concerns, grief, anger management, conflict resolution, familial issues, and peer relationships. Group counseling services are provided if a need is identified. At Partnership Academy, students can also elect to participate in Pet Pals an animal therapy program.

    Laptop Initiative

    As part of the Orange County Schools 1:1 Laptop Initiative, all Partnership Academy students are supplied with their own laptop for educational purposes.

    Breakfast and Lunch Program

    All parents will be asked to complete a “free and reduced” lunch application.  Those who qualify will be provided free breakfast and lunch.  Students are welcome to bring their own lunch although the use of a refrigerator or microwave at Partnership Academy is not available. Students are not allowed to charge meals.

    Step Plans

    For each new students, PA staff creates an academic plan: the Student Transition Education Plan (STEP). The STEP plan builds on the student's strengths and addresses areas of need.

    The PA staff writes this plan in conjunction with the traditional or previous school staff by considering the student’s prior attendance records, grades, and progress at the time of his/ her placement in Partnership Academy, how much time is remaining in the current school year, and the availability of courses.

    Key Facts About Step Plans

    • The STEP Plan guides staff and families throughout the student’s enrollment in PA to encourage success academically and behaviorally.
    • STEP goals address behavior, academic achievement, and attendance. 
    • The PA staff, parent/guardian and student will review students' STEP plans at least once a quarter during report card conferences. The team will also review student plans during IEP meetings, exit review meetings, and as needed when a student is making progress toward the goals outlined in the plan.
    • We will modify and adjust the plans as needed. 
    • This plan will also serve as a transition guide when students return to the traditional school.