Catapult Learning Announces First Graduating Class from New Dropout Recovery Academies

260 students in Florida and Georgia have earned high school diplomas through Catapult Academy in 2014, marking the first graduating class from the new dropout recovery centers.

Catapult Academy Dropout RecoveryCAMDEN, NJ — Catapult Learning announced the graduation of 260 students, all former high school dropouts, from Catapult Academy, its newly acquired dropout recovery service. The graduation ceremonies for the Catapult Academy Class of 2014 were held in Orange, Marion, and Gadsden counties in Florida and in Dougherty County and Thomasville, Georgia, with a final ceremony held in Jacksonville, Florida on June 9.

Owned and operated by Catapult Learning, LLC, Catapult Academy (previously known as Drop Back In) consists of 35 student centers that serve 1,200 students. These centers, acquired by Catapult Learning in January 2014, serve students ages 16-21 who have struggled to complete high school and needed an alternative solution.

“This is a significant event; 260 students now have a real opportunity for better lives,” said Stuart Udell, CEO of Catapult Learning and past Chair of the National Dropout Prevention Center Network. “The possibilities of better jobs, college educations, and realizing their goals are now within their reach. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2014 as well to all of our students at Catapult Academy who are working hard to earn their diplomas.”

Through a combination of small-group, teacher-led instruction and online learning, flexible scheduling, college admission guidance, and career coaching—all in student-friendly, community based settings—Catapult Academy is able to offer a second chance to students who struggled to succeed in traditional high school.

“Many of our students are the first in their families to graduate from high school,” said Eurmon Hervey Jr., Ed.D., Catapult Learning’s National Vice President/Superintendent of Schools. “There may be no one in these young peoples’ lives who can help them get back on track,” Dr. Hervey explained. “That is why Catapult Academy puts a major focus on motivation, support, and the pathways to success, be it through higher education or workforce readiness.”

About Catapult Learning:
Catapult Learning, a leading provider of instructional and educational support solutions to public school, non-public school, and community-based education services, has been dedicated to improving academic achievement for struggling and at-risk students for more than 35 years.

For more information, please contact Meg Roe, VP of Marketing for Catapult Learning at 856-831-7956 or



The 2014 graduates of the Catapult Academy Jacksonville talk about their experiences at the school and how Catapult Academy provided the guidance and resources they needed to succeed. Catapult Learning, owner and operator of Catapult Academy, is committed to improving graduation rates. Its 35 Catapult Academy locations serve 1,200 students ages 16-21 who need an alternative way to complete high school. 




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