Open Doors Academy provides year-round quality enrichment programming that addresses the unique developmental needs of our students.
Member youth participate in project based learning experiences such as core enrichment programs and academic tutoring built around their developmental needs, full-day summer camps and service learning trips. Keys to the program include building a safe haven filled with support, creating a sense of community, and fostering the kids’ confidence. ODA builds this environment by engaging parents, teachers and other community partners.
Extended Learning Program: Throughout the school year, Open Doors Academy operates an extended learning program Monday through Friday, from 2:30pm to 6pm. Our daily, direct-service programming includes project-based learning experiences that incorporate core academic standards while addressing the larger global issues that our youth face in their development from adolescence to adulthood.
Our programming model addresses four core areas including: character development, health and wellness, arts and culture, and global social education.
The goal of our middle school programming is to address those developmental barriers that inhibit the learning process, provide youth with a safe environment to explore their own interests, and open doors to opportunities that otherwise would not be available. In addition to our core learning model, youth are provided daily opportunities to complete their homework and receive academic support through small group evening tutoring.
Beyond middle school, Open Doors Academy seeks to ensure that our youth have the opportunity and support that they need to graduate from high school, and complete a post secondary degree at a college institution or trade school. ODA’s high school alumni program provides our students with continued support throughout their high school careers.
Programming consists of bi-weekly academic tutoring, opportunities for volunteering in the community, summer paid/unpaid internships, weekly evening apprenticeships focused on developing 21st century work skills, college tours, national service learning trips, and individual mentoring and support.
Our expectations remain high for our high school students. Each student is expected to complete 75 hours of community service a year, maintain a minimum of a 2.8 GPA, and meet with their mentor at least once a month to establish both short-term and long-term goals targeted towards their career path.
After high school, we continue to support our alumni throughout college and beyond, through college visits, phone calls, and emails, as well as, planning alumni dinners during school breaks, and encouraging participation in our annual service learning trip. We are proud to have alumni present at Harvard, Purdue, Cornell, Ohio State, and Columbia, among many others.
To address the academic, social and emotional regression of our students during summer months, ODA schedules enrichment summer camp programs in partnership with local corporations and organizations. The summer camps are held from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday – with lunch, transportation, staff support, and an hour of academic enrichment provided each day.
Each week students select a camp of their choice from a selection of four to five camps. Summer camps are hands on, experiential based learning, culminating in an end of week presentation. Summer camps include, but are not limited to robotics, culinary arts, digital music mixing, discovering the history of Cleveland, creative writing, performing arts, visual arts, inner athlete wellness, leadership, and martial arts.
ODA is grounded in the belief that it takes a community to raise a child. Therefore, parents are required to contribute a minimum of 16 service hours to their child’s programming annually. These hours can be completed by attending parent education workshops (offered twice a month in the evenings), participating in parent support groups (offered on Saturday mornings monthly), attending our family events with their child (offered five to seven times per year), and volunteering on field trips, during homework hour, or in our administrative office.
This past three years, on average 96% percent of ODA parents completed this service requirement, contributing over 3,000 hours throughout the program year. Those who did not complete their hours were required to complete their hours in the new program year, prior to their child re-enrolling in the program.
The family engagement component contributes to the wellbeing of our students by creating opportunities for families to come together and spend time in a healthy and safe atmosphere, and by enhancing parents’ knowledgebase and toolset for how to support their child emotionally, psychologically, financially, and physically throughout adolescence.