Jarrell ISD is proud to offer RISE Academy as an alternative route to high school graduation. The RISE Academy provides students an educational setting unique to meeting individual needs through a self-paced, blended learning curriculum that is facilitated by highly qualified teachers. Students will participate in one-to-one, small group, and individualized instruction.

At RISE Academy we work with students to improve academic, personal, and occupational skills to ensure they are ready for employment and/or post-secondary education. We believe every student will succeed by giving them the support they need.

Program Eligibility


  • Must be 15-21 years of age.

  • Must be currently enrolled at Jarrell High School.

Meet at least one of the following:

  • be a fifth-year senior

  • be in jeopardy of not graduating with senior class

  • have dropped out of school for over a semester

  • be a pregnant or parenting teen

  • have been retained one or more times

  • have been placed in DAEP two or more times

  • qualify to receive services through McKinney-Vento

  • other: administrative discretion

Admission process

Step 1: Work with campus counselor for application to RISE Academy.

Step 2: Submit application to campus counselor.

Step 3: Receive notification of acceptance or denial into the program.

Step 4: Commit to RISE Academy for remainder of high school career.

Note: Admission is granted on a case by case situation. A campus committee will review each application as they are submitted. Acceptance into the program is for the remainder of a students high school career.

Program location & Bell schedule

RISE Academy is located on the Jarrell High School campus in an individualized classroom. Students will not intermix with the general high school population.

RISE Academy Bell Schedule

  • First Bell: 8:00 a.m.

  • Lunch: 11:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

  • Last Bell: 4:00 p.m.

Program Coursework

Students will complete work at their own pace with the belief there are no failures. There will be a teacher to support students in mastery of content, but content learning will be provided through an online platform. Students will work on all assignments until mastery is achieved and a passing grade will be awarded. Classwork is consistent with reading assignments, written assignments, and Edgenuity software. The counselors will work with students individually for placement of elective options and CTE credits based on students endorsements.

other information

At RISE Academy, students come first! Our educators build relationship to support each students with personalized goals. Students will continue to have educational support, including counseling, throughout their learning experience.

Students will not have access to UIL events or participation.

Students will continue to receive their individual instructional supports.

Students will have access to:

  • Self-paced learning

  • Credit recovery/repair

  • Web-based coursework

  • Individualized goal planning

Frequently asked questions

Why was RISE Academy created?

RISE Academy was created to provide students an alternative route to graduation.

Will students participate in commencement?

Students are still eligible to participate in commencement with their cohort if they meet all graduation requirements. The campus will work with students each year on this option.

Will students receive transportation services?

A student needing to ride the bus will access traditional bus pick up and drop off times, and ride their regularly scheduled bus.

Will students receive food services?

Students will still have access to food services at the campus.

What is RISE Academy's academic program and curriculum?

Students will participate in an online program, Odysseyware, to complete coursework. This program has credit recovery options as well as courses for students needing initial credit.