Fusion Academy FAQs
Every student and family’s story is unique, but there are questions we get on a regular basis that we have answered for you below. If you have a question that isn’t addressed, our team would love to talk to you.
Where do Fusion graduates go to college?
Fusion students are accepted at many different types of colleges and universities, including, but not limited to, four-year colleges, universities, trade schools, specialty schools, and community colleges. Fusion Academy is accredited, which allows for a smooth transition from high school to college. Our student services department includes a team of registrars who work with student transcripts.
What college counseling resources are provided for students?
Our post secondary counseling varies by campus; connect with your campus team to learn more about opportunities available for you!
If parents have questions or concerns, how should they communicate with the school?
Teachers send daily updates for each class they have with a student. This includes topics covered, and anything that came up the parents should know about. Parents are welcome to communicate with teachers in response to those emails.
Parents may call the campus to connect with any of the administration team or send emails directly to them. When you connect with your campus, they may have preferred methods of communication that will be the best way to directly access them.
How is student safety addressed on campus?
Every campus has a crisis management plan that is reviewed and updated regularly by campus staff. In addition to fire drills and other safety drills, campuses go through additional trainings such as active shooter protocol. We take into consideration that these trainings can cause anxiety for our students, and are intentional with our communication on campus and to our parents before, during, and after any drills.
Campuses are locked and secured with a doorbell system for admittance, or keycard access. Students and staff sign in and out with the Director of First Impressions so we know who is on campus.
We have a no bullying policy and there is supervision in the Homework Cafe and other social areas of the campus. Our student survey reports 84% of students feel quite or completely safe from bullying at Fusion.
How do faculty members communicate with one another about my child?
Teachers work cross-collaboratively to provide the best educational experience possible for your child. At the very minimum, teachers will sit together and discuss students at the quarterly Individual Reassessment of Commitment, or IROC. During this time, the student’s goals are discussed and ideas are shared on how to best teach the student.
For example, if a student is having trouble in English class but is thriving in history, the history teacher may suggest that the English teacher assigns a historical fiction novel.
Our Assistant Directors will check in with our teachers, and each student has a Lead Teacher to be their advocate and main mentor on campus.
What is homework like at Fusion?
Homework is a common struggle for students and their families before they come to Fusion that quickly resolves through the structure and support of the Homework Café® on campus. When students first come to Fusion, about two-thirds report that homework is a source of family conflict.
Doing “homework” on campus throughout the day ensures that students are able to reinforce learning shortly after class and develops executive functioning skills such as time management, organization, and prioritization.
While some students are already diligent, 65% of students report that they are completing more homework than they did at their previous school. In addition, our students are able to enjoy their time outside of school more, and the “homework battles” at home are reduced. Less than three months after enrolling at Fusion, the number of students experiencing family conflict over homework drops to one-third. These academic behaviors not only help students flourish in high school, they are also a predictor for success in college.
How does Fusion support emotional success for students?
One major impact of learning at Fusion is that students feel emotionally safe, which neuroscience tells us is a prerequisite to learning. Before coming to Fusion, less than half of our students felt emotionally supported by their previous school; after just three months at Fusion, that number doubled. Similarly, 90% of parents agree that their child feels emotionally safe at Fusion. Although not all students come to Fusion seeking emotional support, the heart of our work is to customize our approach according to student needs.
How does Fusion handle bullying?
For students with a history of negative experiences such as academic failure, bullying, and/or mental health issues – all of which are typically marked by, or result in feelings of worthlessness – believing in themselves is scary. Self-deprecation can be a survival mechanism for adolescents. High self-worth, on the other hand, requires trusting that you no longer need those defense mechanisms. It requires vulnerability, a safe space to explore, and the tools to effectively build confidence.
Fusion creates a safe, supportive environment that fosters positive relationships among students. 84% of all students feel quite or completely safe from bullying at Fusion.
How does Fusion support academic success?
With students more engaged in the classroom, feeling confident about themselves as learners, and regularly engaging in their school work, learning soars and students take pride in their accomplishments. Eighty-five percent of parents report that their child is more successful academically since attending Fusion and 85% of students say that they are learning more at Fusion than they did at their previous school.
As students develop trusting, supportive relationships with their teachers, they begin to feel safe and curious enough to re-engage in their own learning. Student engagement in the classroom and interest in learning increases dramatically. After just three months at Fusion, 94% of students describe themselves as likely to ask questions or offer their thoughts in class. Similarly, 90% of parents think Fusion teachers are engaging in the classroom.
What does “success” look like at Fusion?
While success is defined differently for each individual, one thing is true for all Fusion students: our goal is to help them discover and pursue their own unique path.
For many students, this means finding the right four-year college or university – not just the school that sounds best on paper, but the one that will truly allow them to flourish. Our students are accepted at, and attend, a wide array of schools, public and private, ranging in size, geographic location, and areas of specialty and training.
At Fusion, we are committed to supporting students to seek out the path that is right for them, including highly-specific interests that may be best developed through experiences outside the traditional college model. We help connect students to local opportunities, internships, specialized programs, and/or certifications to develop their expertise and launch their careers.
For example, some of our recent graduates pursued training through the Cinema Makeup School, an addiction counseling certification program, massage school, and a Fire Academy. Other Fusion graduates jump right into their professional lives as athletes and entrepreneurs; current alumni pursuits include interning for a record label, working as production assistant, and starting a clothing line. We are proud of each and every one of our students.
What is the impact of learning at Fusion full-time?
The longer students stay at Fusion, the more likely they are to experience a sense of meaning and accomplishment from the work in which they’re engaged and to demonstrate grit, perseverance, and a growth mindset.
Positive psychology research affirms that positive meaning and accomplishment are key factors in overall well-being; moreover, grit and perseverance (long-term pursuit of goals) and a growth mindset (such as seeing challenges as a learning opportunity) are both strong predictors of flourishing outside of and beyond high school.
89% of all Fusion students say they have engaged in activities that mattered to them in the past month.
89% are currently pursuing a goal that feels important to them.
80% say they can motivate themselves to complete unpleasant tasks that help accomplish their goals.
73% of parents say their child is more motivated to work toward his/her goals since coming to Fusion.
How does Fusion help students with a wide range of GPAs find success?
All of the changes that take place within the first few months, or even weeks, of a student’s journey at Fusion have a powerful impact on their grade point average (GPA). Research shows that GPA is a strong predictor of post-secondary success, even more so than SAT, ACT, or AP Exam scores. To understand Fusion’s typical impact on GPA, we examined a representative sample of student transcripts. Our analysis showed that the average cumulative GPA at Fusion was .82 points higher than at their previous school.
This rapid success is highly aligned with the data on the impact of one-to-one instruction: known as “Bloom’s Two-Sigma Problem.” Benjamin Bloom demonstrated that one-to-one instruction results in student outcomes two standard deviations higher than group instruction. His research shows that the average student receiving one-to-one instruction will outperform 98%t of all other students in traditional group instruction. The stakes are even higher for students who enter Fusion with a below average GPA. In this sample, 56% enrolled with a GPA below average. Of these students, the average GPA prior to Fusion was 2.59, generally considered less competitive for college acceptance. Compared to their previous school, the average cumulative GPA at Fusion was 1.08 points higher.
Finally, we also have many students who come to us with a moderate to strong academic track record, who may be seeking a more flexible schedule, a more supportive environment, or the opportunity to accelerate their learning. With an average GPA of 3.47, these students soar to an average GPA of 3.96 at Fusion – effectively taking them from “good to great.” Bloom’s research tells us that students receiving one-to-one instruction outperform students receiving traditional group instruction. At Fusion, all of our students – regardless of starting point – find that they are able to outperform their own expectations!
How does Fusion support students who lack confidence in their ability to learn?
It is as critical to reignite our students’ belief in themselves as it is to find the right classes, teachers, content, and teaching styles. A student’s self-perception with regard to their ability to learn is a key predictor of their ability to flourish in a post-secondary environment. More importantly, having a positive mindset toward oneself as a learner is critical to being a lifelong learner, in any endeavor or environment.
Over a third of our students lacked confidence in their ability to learn the material when they started at Fusion but within three months, 94% were confident in their ability. Eighty-one percent of parents report that their child is more confident, overall, since attending Fusion.
Why does Fusion focus on positive, mentor relationships between students and teachers?
With positive relationships and a safe environment as the foundation, increased engagement and customized teaching in a one-to-one setting quickly shifts the way students relate to learning. When students are effectively supported academically in the right school setting, their academic mindset, behaviors, and learning are all strengthened.
The majority of our students did not feel they were getting the academic support they needed prior to Fusion; after a few short months, 95% of our students report that they are getting the academic support they need to be successful. Similarly, 85% of parents believe their child is more successful academically at Fusion as compared to their previous school.
Does Fusion support diverse learners?
Fusion is designed to support the needs of diverse learners. We strive to meet students where they are and help them thrive from the beginning. While the majority of students entering Fusion have academic skills at or above grade level, many report previous struggles in school for various reasons.
Through our thoughtfully-designed approach of “Love, Motivate, Teach,” we see all kinds of students change their understanding of themselves and the futures they have the power to create. While every student is unique, all students learn best when they feel safe, cared for, engaged, and confident in themselves as learners.