Student Eligibility

Premier Academy is a Regional Safe Schools Program (RSSP) and Truants Alternative and Optional Education Program (TAOEP), which is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education. Premier Academy is 1 of over 100 programs operating to service the needs of at-risk students; the program is administered by the Grundy/Kendall Regional Office of Education.

Students who have been referred must meet one or more of the following criteria in either program:

RSSP (Regional Safe Schools Program):

· Involved in misconduct that can be demonstrated as serious, repetitive and/or cumulative

· Suspended at least twice (2) for a period of 4-10 days for gross misconduct as defined by the Safe Schools Program legislation

· Eligible for expulsion

· Expelled and administratively transferred to Premier Academy

TAOEP (Truants Alternative/Optional Education Program):

· Chronic truant, having missed 5% or more of the previous 180 school days

· A potential dropout with attendance problems that may include: chronic truancy, truancy, selective absences or a pattern of absences or tardiness (as defined by 105 ILCS 5/26-2a)

· A dropout from grades 6-12 (as defined by 105 ILCS 5/26-2a)