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Academic Coaching Center

“Every child is one caring adult away from being a success story.” — Josh Shipp, author

The Dream, Believe, Achieve sign in the ACC Classroom.The Academic Coaching Center (ACC) is designed to create a safe, calming, trauma-sensitive learning environment for students in Fort Plain Junior/Senior High School.

Many Fort Plain students do remarkable things in the classroom every day, but some need a different kind of learning environment to succeed.

The ACC was designed with academic and trauma research in mind to accomplish this.

Each year, numerous students in grades 7-12 benefit from the ACC.

Our Classroom and Rationale

What the ACC offers


A large variety of Apex courses are available. Each course provides students with credit recovery options to keep them on track for graduation. The Fort Plain Junior/Senior High School Credit Recovery Program is designed to offer students who have failed courses required for graduation to have the opportunity to recover the lost credit in order to graduate on time with their enrollment cohort.

Students use

The Credit Recovery Program is intended for a student to relearn, retest, and ultimately recover credit.  Apex is an online program that provides a rigorous curriculum under the direction of an Academic Coach.

Why the Center was established

Inside the ACC.
Inside the ACC

The Academic Coaching Center was established to provide a safe and secure classroom where students will always feel comfortable and welcome. The goal is to teach them helpful strategies that will assist them in becoming successful students. The ACC door is always open to all students.

The Counseling Center at the Jr./Sr. High School was instrumental in creating the ACC, which is strongly supported by High School Principal Dr. Deborah Larrabee and the Fort Plain Board of Education.

Past student testimonials

A look inside the ACC.
A look inside the ACC.

“The ACC isn’t just a room to me. Personally, it feels like home. It’s a nice quiet place where you can come to when you’re having a bad day. It’s a room where you can just feel comfortable around everyone down here. Me being down here helps me focus a lot more, and with this help, I can do anything to succeed in school.”

“The atmosphere (of the ACC room) keeps me focused on my work and helps me not be afraid to ask for help if I need it. Being in Academic Coaching makes me confident in my abilities, and surrounded in the hope I can do it. I love having access to the help that I need.”

“There’s something about a calm, safe space that really helps me on a day to day basis. They help so many kids in so many ways. From someone who had nothing for about three years of her life, I saw [personal care items for students in the ACC] and started crying. That’s how much it meant to me.”