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BCA Introduction

The Bluegrass Challenge Academy is one of two accredited statewide alternative high schools.  The program is TUITION-FREE.



Eligible individuals are accepted from all 120 counties in Kentucky.  The school is a non-traditional model that operates similar to a military academy.  The program is guided by military principles, structure and self-discipline. Our staff utilize a “hands off”, tough love, caring, and disciplined approach to instill values, train and instruct cadets.  Cadets are eligible to earn a high school diploma, GED or credit recovery of 8 certified credits from required class work completion.  


The school is difficult….and very rewarding.


The target population of Cadets is generally those considered “academically at risk.”  Those who are failing in school, not attending, or those who have dropped out.  Cadets must be able and willing to participate in all activities to be successful in this program.  This is an all or nothing program.  Cadets who enroll in BCA must complete the entire 5 1/2 month residential phase in order to receive any credit or educational credential.


There are two phases to the program.  The first is a 22 week, residential phase where Cadets live on site participating in military structure, discipline, physical fitness, service to community and academic classroom instruction.


The second phase is a 12 month mentor active period when the Cadet returns to the community to implement goals, objectives, placement and post residential activities developed while in the residential phase.  Examples of placement may be returning to high school, going to college, starting a full time job or volunteer work, enlisting in the military, joining Job Corps, or a similar vocational interest.


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