Alternative School Invites Former Students to 'Come Home to Humanex' for 25th Anniversary

Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:00am EST

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Alternative School Invites Former Students to 'Come Home to Humanex' for 25th

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Humanex Academy, a private,
alternative middle and high school that provides a structured and supportive
environment for students with a wide variety of learning and emotional needs,
is inviting all former students and their families to "Come Home to Humanex"
to help celebrate the school's 25th anniversary.
    Humanex, founded in 1983, has been serving students with alternative needs
in the Denver area by providing individualized education, combined with
extensive counseling support. The only program of its kind in the Denver area,
Humanex works with students who have learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, bipolar
disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and many other unique needs. The
school's three primary elements are an academic curriculum that accommodates
each student's current abilities, extensive counseling support, and the Love
and Logic approach to behavior management. Love and Logic is a philosophy that
provides simple and practical techniques to help teachers and parents have
less stress and more fun while raising responsible children.
    "We're inviting all our graduates, former students and their families to
come home to Humanex," Tracy Wagers, director, said. "The celebration of our
25th anniversary is really a celebration of our students and their successes."
Humanex is planning several events to celebrate the 25th anniversary:
     -- A Love and Logic parenting seminar presented by Love and Logic
        co-founder Jim Fay on April 24, at 6:00 pm on the Auraria Campus in
        downtown Denver;
     -- An open house at the school, which is at 2700 S. Zuni St. in
        Englewood, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3; and
     -- A barbecue for alumni at the school Sunday, May 4, from 2 p.m.
        to 5 p.m.

    "We'll update our anniversary plans periodically and we want to make sure
we can share the good news with everyone in the Humanex family," Wagers said.
    Humanex was founded by educators Cheryl Okizaki and her husband, Gary
Okizaki, to meet the needs of parents who wanted teachers who valued students'
abilities and provided support for their disabilities. They started the school
based on the philosophy that children learn best when they feel respected and
have control over their education.
    "Many students who would otherwise have dropped out of school graduated
from Humanex and attended college," Cheryl Okizaki said.
    Educational Services of America (ESA), the nation's leading provider of K-
12 and post-secondary alternative and special education programs, purchased
Humanex in 2005. In 2006, Cheryl Okizaki became director of ESA's College
Living Experience (CLE) in Denver. CLE is a post-secondary program for
students who require additional support with academic, social and independent
living skills. CLE provides assistance to students with varying abilities,
such as autism, Asperger's Syndrome, specific disabilities or social and
emotional maturation issues. A number of Humanex graduates attend CLE in
Denver, one of six locations around the country. Students travel from all over
to attend CLE in Austin, Texas; Chicago; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Monterey,
Calif.; and Washington, D.C.
    "Students who graduate from Humanex and attend College Living Experience
receive excellent support from middle school through college or vocational and
technical school," Okizaki said. "CLE helps students transition to independent
    About Humanex Academy
    Humanex Academy was founded in 1983 and provides an effective alternative
for middle- and high-school students who have not succeeded in other schools
for various reasons, including large class sizes, a pace of instruction that
is too fast or too slow, a lack of individual instruction, and inadequate
supervision. The mission of Humanex Academy is to provide a caring, well-
structured learning environment where academically, socially, and emotionally
needy students can develop the necessary skills to become productive citizens.
Our staff provides a support system through which students can gain both
skills and self esteem. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of each
individual student, taking into account his or her strengths, limitations, and
learning style. We believe every student can be successful, given the right
support. We help students succeed intellectually, socially, emotionally and in
a future career. Humanex Academy is accredited by North Central Associations
of Colleges and Schools. Humanex teaches to the individual, and provides a
learning environment that maximizes success. In addition, with our extensive
counseling support, Humanex is the only program of its kind in the Denver
metropolitan area.
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    About Educational Services of America
    Educational Services of America is the nation's leading provider of K-12
and post-secondary alternative and special education programs for students who
are at risk of dropping out of school and for students with
learning/behavioral disabilities.
    ESA's leadership and staff are experts in educating children with special
needs. ESA is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., and operates more than 120
schools and programs in numerous states. It is listed among the Inc. 5,000
Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.
    ESA is accredited by The Commission on International and Trans-Regional
Accreditation (CITA), an international alliance of premier accrediting
organizations including the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools,
the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Council for Private School
Accreditation and the Council on Occupational Education.
SOURCE  Educational Services of America

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