Success Story - Katelyn
Katelyn enrolled at the Foundation School of Montgomery County (FSMC) in January 2006. She had a history of depression, mood swings, low self esteem, explosive outbursts, oppositional behavior, and low frustration tolerance. With the support of staff and her mother, Katelyn made consistent academic, behavioral, and clinical progress. She completed over 350 Student Service Learning Hours and worked as an aide throughout the school program. She was a speaker at several events including middle school graduation and our annual benefit, and was featured in the MANSEF Stepping Stones Newsletter. Her attendance was outstanding and she earned honor roll grades throughout most of her time at FSMC. She was the valedictorian of the senior class of 2009 and was a recipient of the Michael Cardin scholarship. Since her graduation, she has been taking classes at Montgomery College where she is majoring in hospitality management. She has also continued in her internship at Long & Foster Realtors which she started in her senior year.
Success Story - James
James’ grandmother pushed for his enrollment in an alternative school. His mother was struggling with substance abuse issues, and by age nine James had already started using drugs himself and was not attending school on a regular basis. He was referred to The Foundation Schools in 5th grade. He did not think that he would live to see sixteen years old and really didn’t believe he would graduate from high school because of the lifestyle he was living. Our staff worked intensively with James and he developed a lot of healthy, long lasting relationships as he progressed through our middle and high school programs. He graduated from The Foundation School in Largo in June and is now attending Lincoln Technical College where he is studying to become a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technician. James is the first male in his family to earn a high school diploma.
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Success Story - zack
Zack came to FSMC in the middle of his 6th grade year after he had been unsuccessful at another special education school. When Zack first arrived he had a lot of difficulty. He would destroy school property, run away from school, and was aggressive towards staff. He was a bright student but his anger stood in the way of his progress. He was unmotivated and overwhelmed by the basic expectations for a middle school student. The FSMC staff provided a lot of support to Zack, and he was also fortunate to have very involved and caring parents. Zack started playing basketball for FSMC where he found a niche with the camaraderie of a team. He worked on his basketball skills daily, and as he finished middle school he began focusing on playing basketball at his home school and mainstreaming back to public school. In January 2010, Zack began splitting his school day between Northwood High School and FSMC. He made the junior varsity (JV) basketball team at Northwood, made the FSMC honor roll, and became a model student in the community. At the end of the basketball season Zack was named most improved player for the Northwood JV team. He successfully transitioned to Northwood full time.