Founded in the 2013-2014 school year, William C. Goodridge Academy has had a significant impact on the school district, the community, and most importantly, the students in the city of York, PA. The success of our 75-seat school can be directly attributed to the collaboration between the school district and the school’s staff. We have effectively transitioned students to district schools and work hard to ensure the student’s continued success after completion of our program. With the passionate, highly qualified staff at William C. Goodridge Academy, we strive to continue to change the lives of many more students in the community for years to come.
The Restorative Justice Academy (RJA) is an additional program offered by Catapult Learning for school districts seeking alternative options for student accountability. Once a student is suspended from their school, RJA enables the student to resume their studies in an academic setting and continue to learn using Catapult Learning’s core model. The Restorative Justice Academy is housed in our alternative education building, William C. Goodridge Academy. While in this program, students are exposed to more of our model and philosophy of education. This program is very successful due to the seamless transitions of students, as well as, the experienced staff teaching referred students our model.
Our earliest level of intervention and continuum service is our PRIDE program. We have placed one trained staff in all school district buildings (K-8s and the high school). Our staff have been tasked with collaborating with building administrators to identify their specific population of students who can help change the climate and culture of each school. Working with these students several times a week allows them to receive leadership skills, decision-making skills, accountability, and ownership. All of these concepts correlate directly with our other program’s model.