Back to School with Orchard Academy and Niles Lands’ End

Fifteen Orchard Academy students returned to in-person learning on August 18th, after mostly hybrid classes last school year. Before classes began, Academy Director Nancy Otter stated, “We are looking forward to being together as a team and with our students. We are happy to be back full-time in person. It is great that we can resume many of our typical activities.”

Academy students attend classes as they would in high school. The Academy houses classrooms, computer labs, and work simulation areas. One difference, though, is that students spend much of their time participating in activities around the community rather than just sitting in a classroom. The students prepare to transition to independent living, competitive employment, or furthering their education at college or university. Academy students can attend until the school year of their 22nd birthday. Of Academy graduates, 85% are successfully placed in community-based employment.

Each student recently received a backpack filled with school supplies donated by Niles Lands’ End customers. Thanks to Niles Lands’ End and everyone who donated 20 backpacks filled with notebooks, scissors, pens, markers, and more. The donated school supplies ensure that Academy students kicked off the new school year with all the necessary materials for success.