The Original Sequel Program


Clarinda Academy students attend on-campus classes, which are accredited through the Clarinda Community School District and the State of Iowa. Our Academic Education Program meets the needs of all students by offering traditional middle school and high school core classes, vocational programming, Physical Education, Special Education, Title I Reading and Math, high school equivalency diploma known as HiSet, and Edgenuity (Credit Recovery) Online Courses. Classes are taught by certified educational instructors approved through the State of Iowa.

Clarinda Academy also has accreditation through the North Central Association. This association is part of the AdvancEd family of accreditation agencies that not only assure the quality of schools but also work with their accredited schools to constantly improve and update their educational programming.

When students are admitted into Clarinda Academy, they meet with our Transition Coordinators and Academic Advisor within the Education Department to set educational goals for students while at Clarinda Academy and after they leave.

Clarinda Academy students attend classes five days a week throughout the calendar year. Students are required to earn 53 credits in order to graduate with a high school diploma and can obtain up to 18 high school credits per year - up to 14 credits during the fall and spring semesters and an additional 4 credits during our summer term. This schedule is designed to help those students who are behind, while still allowing time for them to accomplish their behavioral goals.

Students also have the opportunity to utilize our Edgenuity Online program, an online credit recovery program that allows students to catch up on missed credits and gain additional credits towards their diploma. This program is monitored and taught by our education staff.

Clarinda’s Hi-Set (formally GED) program was established for students who are significantly behind in high school credits. Students must be at least 16 1/2 years of age and court ordered to enroll in the Hi-Set program. The program is sponsored through Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda and has a 98 percent pass rate for Hi-Set testing.

Learning does not cease when formal education is completed, as we endeavor to stimulate the desire for continued of learning. We provide all students with opportunities for obtaining the knowledge and skills to prepare them to assume a responsible position in the competitive adult society.

Our Certified Nursing Assistant program (CNA) is a 75-hour course that teaches students a basic level of knowledge to provide safe and effective residential nursing care. Students are taught by certified/licensed nurses and learn the legal/ethical requirements, the rights and needs of patients, as well as how to communicate with patients. Students also learn about personal hygiene, nutritional needs, medical asepsis, bed making, transferring of patients and range of motion. Caring for patients with special needs is a particular area of importance in the course. Students are taken off campus to local nursing homes to complete their clinical training, where they put to use the knowledge they have gained in the classroom. The CNA program has given many of our youth an opportunity to go home with a certification that enables them to go straight into a career.


Patrick Freese – Education Director

Darla Olinger – Assistant Education Director