Hornet Enrichment Academy

Program Information

"Building a Culture of Excellence"

The Hornet Enrichment Academy promotes the success of all students by fostering academic excellence, citizenship, personal growth and accountability.

The Hornet Enrichment Academy is the non-traditional learning community of Beech Grove High School. The academy offers an integrated curriculum where students complete the required credits for graduation earning a General or Core 40 diploma, and participate in career and service learning opportunities. Students receive additional programming and support through a structured wellness and mentoring program with a focus on personal growth and accountability.

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HEA Pyramid of Success

The HEA Pyramid of Success is the foundation on which the HEA learning community is established, and includes eleven core components that support program goals.

An overview of the Pyramid of Success:

: The foundation of the Hornet Enrichment Academy is the relationships that are established and developed between students and other students, students and teachers, students and mentors, students and the community, and school and family.

Motivation: Students who attend the Hornet Enrichment Academy have , for individual reasons, struggled with finding purpose and commitment to their educational program. The Hornet Enrichment Academy is structured so that students engage in non-traditional program design that is focused on motivating students to achieve the number one goal of the program, graduation from Beech Grove High School.

Mentoring: The Hornet Enrichment Academy will provide a structured mentoring program to all of its participants. Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else. We all have a need for insight that is outside of our normal life and educational experience. The power of mentoring is that it creates a one-of-a kind opportunity for collaboration, goal achievement and problem-solving.

HEA Learning Community

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HEA Programming


Students are expected to complete a course of study to fulfill the academic and elective requirements for graduation as well as other expectations outlined in the HEA Graduation Requirements. Students may graduate with a General or Core 40 Diploma upon completion of academic and program requirements. All graduates are eligible to participate in the BGHS Graduation at the end of the school year.


Instruction: Instruction at the Hornet Enrichment Academy is delivered through an online curriculum as well as traditional classroom instruction. Class placement is determined based on individual need.

English / Integrated Reading
is a required course with the format of a traditional classroom with direct instruction from the classroom teacher. The course is designed to develop proficiency in reading and writing skills at all grade levels. It also challenges students to improve their oral communication skills. This course includes critical thinking strategies, reading and writing processes, and recognition and composition of a well-developed text. In addition to reading a variety of short stories, non-fiction articles, poetry, drama, speeches, and autobiographies, students also infer ideas from visual and multimodal texts. This course guides students in the close reading process while developing critical analysis of different pieces of literature. Throughout the course, students actively engage in productive talk. Upon completion, students should be able to apply those skills toward understanding a variety of texts at the career and the college ready level and be able to craft a well-developed essay.

Plant and Soil Science: Provides student with opportunities to participate in a variety of hands on learning activities including laboratory work. Topics covered include: the taxonomy of plants, the various plant components and their functions, plant growth, and environmental factors affecting plant growth, diseases and pests, and their management. The course also explores the basic components and types of soil, fertilizers, and conservation, and career opportunities in the field. This course fulfills a science requirement for the General diploma, or an elective credit for a Core 40 diploma.

Life Skills and Wellness Initiative

The HEA Life Skills and Wellness Initiative supports the development of all students with an emphasis on personal growth and life skill development. Students participate in activities throughout the school year based on a monthly focus area. Activities include presentations from motivational speakers, community leaders, and HEA staff. Students also participate in team building activities, field trips, goal setting, nutrition and wellness education, and financial and vocational exploration.

Program Goals:

  • Promote overall student health and wellness.
  • Promote career readiness and workplace accountability.
  • Support the development of civic responsibility.
  • Support the development of healthy life choices.

Step it UP!!

As students work toward their goal of high school graduation, they often encounter personal obstacles that affect their attendance and academic progress. The Step It UP! program is an incentive based system of positive interventions that support the personal and academic success of all students and aligns with the HEA Student Behavior and Expectations Rubric. HEA students earn incentive rewards to encourage regular attendance and sufficient academic progress. The incentive rewards are designed to help alleviate obstacles to a student's success.