The Hope Academy, Providing Education and Recovery

The Hope Academy is a valuable addition to education in Indianapolis. Located in Lawrence Township, The Hope Academy is 1 of only 25 schools in the nation which exists to educate and rehabilitate teen addicts. On Wednesday August 12, 2009, The Hope Academy opened its doors for its fourth school year. This year The Hope Academy will be serving 30 students, with 20 more expected to enroll throughout the semester.


The goal of The Hope Academy is to support Indianapolis kids recovering from addictions to substances such as marijuana and alcohol and help them earn a high school diploma. The Hope Academy is a charter school open to any Indiana resident and does not charge tuition for its services.

Five full time teachers work with the students as they walk the road recovery, by engaging the students with wellness classes, journaling, and even animal therapy. Regular classroom subjects such as social studies and science courses are tailored to Hope Academy students by making them subjective and relevant to the life experiences of these special students.

The Hope Academy is part of Fairbanks, a non-profit organization which has been dedicated to aiding the recovery of those suffering from addictions since 1945. Fairbanks is located on the northside of downtown Indianapolis at 8102 Clearvista Parkway near 82nd St and Shadeland Ave. To enroll in The Hope Academy, students must submit an application.

More information about The Hope Academy including the application for enrollment can be found here.

For more information about Fairbanks and the programs offered to adults and teens, please visit their website.