ABOUT AULT ACADEMY
This school year will be filled with engagement, motivation, and rigor as we move toward our reaccreditation for AdvancED! Teachers were able to participate in numerous hours of professional development trainings this summer implementing new strategies and ideas into the classrooms. As we embark on a new year, it is my prayer that we continue to embrace the school's mission, vision, and beliefs. Ault Academy has high expectations for all students, and teachers work tirelessly to make sure that they are meeting the needs of each individual student.
The faculty and staff meet every Thursday to discuss what is going on in the school and share ideas that we hope will help change lives of our students academically. The Leadership Team meets every other Tuesday to discuss what is working and what's not working here at Ault Academy. The Leadership Team meetings provide teachers the opportunity to collaborate with each other and work on school improvement. We believe that every teacher is important and can contribute something to the team.
As the principal of Ault Academy my goal is to make sure that every student has a voice, that every student will receive the individual attention he needs, that every student will feel safe, that every student will show growth and that every student will receive a quality education. I am a firm believer that the truth of life goes back to a quote by Dr. Maya Angelou: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." We want our students to feel that teachers care about their well-being the very first day they walk through the doors of the school. We want them to know that EVERY teacher cares about the academic success of their students.
In closing, an author by the name of Todd Whitaker once said that there are two ways to improve your school. One get better teachers, or two, improve the teachers you already have. As I continue to work on my dissertation, I will also work to enure teachers will have the skills, training and attitude to CONTINUE to motivate and engage ALL students in the classroom. We're focused on making sure that EVERY student that walks through Ault Academy will show some type of academic growth before leaving our school. We want our students to know that the teachers were not just seeking a job to teach but they were already chosen (whether they knew it or not) to work and make a difference in the lives of students here at Ault Academy.
Janice Brewer, Ed.S
In the Spring of 1997, the Board of Twin Cedars Youth Services, Inc. initiated a capital funds drive to renovate the gym annex of the East Depot High/Boys Junior High. The Ault Academy, named in honor of longtime esteemed local educator Ethyl Ault became a state of the art educational facility including:
Individual instruction area
A $2.5 Million capital campaign also included a multi-service building in Columbus on the Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home campus. The multi-million dollar goal was exceeded and Ault Academy was dedicated on September 30, 1999. Then, President of LaGrange College Dr. Stuart Gulley delivered the keynote address. Charles Hudson, Jr. served as Master of Ceremonies. Mrs. Ault was quoted saying, “I want our boys and girls to know that, no matter what happens in life, no matter how much despair and hopelessness there may be, you will always be okay if you have a foundation of faith and honor.” Over 500 participated in the dedication ceremony and tour.
The Academy has received accreditation through the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC) as an “educational agency with special purpose” as well as full approval through the Georgia Department of Education. These achievements allowed students from Twin Cedars Ault Academy to receive high school diplomas, General Equivilency Diplomas (GED), and to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship and STAR Student awards.
Ault Academy's vision is to provide quality curriculum and high expectations for all learners in a safe, secure, and supportive learning environment.