Elaine Lucas’ academy opens

jgaines@macon.comOctober 1, 2011 

EL High School Home Study Academy is fully open for business.

The school, designed for dropouts who are at least 16 years old, is owned by Macon City Councilwoman Elaine Lucas, a retired teacher and guidance counselor. It’s operated out of her consulting office at 841 Forsyth St.

Lucas announced in February that she planned to open the school, and on Friday she held an open house to celebrate receiving the final nod from the Georgia Accrediting Commission.

“The school was accredited after successfully documenting 27 standards of quality for the high school completion program,” Lucas said in a news release.

She hoped for approval in March, but it took longer to adjust procedures to meet state standards. It was accredited in September.

Lucas’ school will offer a regular high school diploma, not a GED, acceptable to colleges, technical schools and other institutions, she said.

“To receive the high school diploma, students must complete 22 credits, 50 community service hours, obtain a library card, and participate in school-sponsored seminars,” her announcement stated. Students pay a $50 application fee, $25 book rental fee per class, and $35 per month tuition. If they do well in a first class, they can take two classes at a time.

Lucas said she’s looking for churches and individuals to sponsor scholarships.