PAYS Reopens In September

August 12, 2008

After being closed for 7 years, the PAYS campus will soon reopen its doors. PAYS, which stands for Preparing Area Youth for Success, is an academic alternative school offering self-paced computer-based instruction and flexible hours. The campus, which originally opened in 1988 as a drop out recovery school, closed in 2001 as part of district budget cuts. The school will reopen in September.

PAYS will offer instruction for students who may have difficulty graduating from high school in a traditional four-year program. Students could include those who have children or who must work to support their families. While the class schedule is flexible, students accepted to the PAYS Academy must attend 20 hours of school a week.

PAYS curriculum meets the mandated standards set by the Texas Education Agency and the local school district. All students are responsible for passing the TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) exit level exams in English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies as well as meeting the minimum state requirements for graduation.

The campus will accommodate 60 students. Admission to PAYS begins with the recommendation of the student's home campus and the completion of an application. Applications may be obtained from and returned to the home campus counseling center. Once the application, home campus recommendation, and transcript are all received and reviewed, the PAYS staff will schedule an interview. Applicants will be contacted by PAYS Academy staff regarding admission status.

If you have questions or would like further information regarding the program and admission requirements, please contact your home campus counseling center.