ChallengeU’s licensed school counselors provide universal, small groups, and individual services to support students in reaching their fullest potential academically, personally, socially, and in their post-secondary planning, whether it be enrolling in a higher education institution, enlisting in the military, or entering the world of employment. The school counselor will work with students to develop an individualized graduation plan that includes exploring course offerings and determining which graduation pathway is the best option for each student. The school counselor will advocate for and promote collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure students' success. The school counselor’s program strives to promote an equitable experience where all students feel seen, valued, and heard.

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Special ED

ChallengeU is committed to providing a path to graduation for all students, including students with disabilities. During the enrollment process our graduation coaches and special education team will review students' Individual Education Plans (IEP) and 504 plans to ensure that all of our students are supported to achieve their post-graduation goals.

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IEP and 504 Plan

At ChallengeU, we understand the importance of providing every student with the support and accommodations they need to succeed in school. That’s why we meet the needs of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 Plans for students with disabilities.

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a personalized plan that is developed for students with disabilities that require specialized instruction. This plan ensures that they receive the necessary instruction and services that are related to their disability. The procedural requirements for developing an IEP are governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which is more involved than the process outlined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The IEP also requires documentation of growth that can be measured.

On the other hand, a 504 Plan is a plan that ensures that students with disabilities receive accommodations that will help them succeed academically and participate in the learning environment. These accommodations allow them to access the same education and services as their peers. Unlike an IEP, a 504 Plan is not intended for students who require specialized instruction. However, just like an IEP, a 504 Plan needs to be reviewed and revised annually to ensure that the student is receiving the most beneficial accommodations possible for their unique set of circumstances.

At ChallengeU, we recognize that the differences between an IEP and a 504 Plan may seem subtle but are significant. Our team is committed to working with parents and guardians to determine the most appropriate plan for their child’s needs and to ensure that every student receives the support and accommodations necessary to reach their full potential.

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ChallengeU is proud to provide comprehensive resources and support for the McKinney-Vento program in Ohio. The McKinney-Vento program is designed to help homeless students, providing them with critical resources and support to further their education.

We are committed to ensuring that every student has access to the resources they need to thrive, regardless of their housing situation. Our platform provides a wealth of educational materials, including courses, assessments, and interactive tools, to help students succeed in school and beyond.

We recognize the unique challenges homeless students face and are dedicated to providing tailored resources and support to help them overcome those challenges. Our team works closely with schools and community organizations to ensure students have access to the resources they need, including academic support, counseling services, and assistance with basic needs such as food and clothing.

At ChallengeU, we believe that every student deserves an equal opportunity to succeed, and we are proud to support the McKinney-Vento program in Ohio. By providing comprehensive resources and support, we can ensure that every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of their circumstances.


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