Harris County Department of Education opens doors to first recovery high school
Students suffering from drug or alcohol addictions will be getting the help they need to overcome it as the Harris County Department of Education opens the doors to a high school that focuses on their recovery.
“Fortis Academy is open this week,” said Tammy Lanier, HCDE spokesperson.
Located near Greenspoint, officials announced in October that the school would open for the 2018-2019 school year after remodeling what was previously High Point School North.
Fortis Academy will accept up to 90 students who are referred to Fortis either by a court order or through an agreement with 25 school districts within Harris County.
The aim of the school will be to keep students active and treat them with the help of sobriety coaches and counselors instead of punishment, said HCDE superintendent James Colbert Jr. in October.
“Sure, there are members of our society who like to see us continue to lock people up, to make them convicted felons or whatever, who are simply addicts when we really need to get to the root of the problem and help these children fight these addictions,” Colbert said.
Aside from classrooms, the new school will feature a culinary arts kitchen, rope course and science labs.