As a result, the academy has built a culture that places special emphasis on boosting individuality and self-worth.
Devin Hale, a recent Ginn graduate, says his experience at the school helped him become more comfortable expressing himself. Though he has always done well at school, says he knows the importance of encouragement and accountability thanks to the school’s leadership, his mentor and his family.
“Ginn Academy put a big emphasis on the family environment,” says Hale. “That helped me come out of my shell and made me feel supported.”
The welcoming and encouraging approach is one part of what creates a family-like atmosphere at Ginn. The academy is structured to maximize individual interaction between staff and students, with smaller class sizes and full-time youth support staff. Students and their families often develop strong, positive relationships within the academy.