Frequently Asked Questions

What sets Aspire Day School's Day treatment program apart from traditional educational services?

Aspire Days schools are unique in how we integrate mental healthcare into our educational day.  Each student obtains 3 hours of instructional learnings and 3 hours of group therapy.  During the week each student is required to have a 1 hour individual therapy session and bi-weekly a 1 hour family session.  Advantages to our school are smaller classrooms, individualized treatment plans, and interactions with your mental health provider daily.  

The CANS gathers information on youths and parents/caregivers’ needs and strengths. Strengths are the student’s assets: areas of life where he or she is doing well or has an interest or ability. Needs are areas where a student requires help or intervention. Our providers use an assessment process to get to know the child or youth and the families with whom they work and to understand their strengths and needs. The CANS helps providers decide which of a student’s needs are the most important to address in treatment planning and a foundation to determine level of care. The CANS also helps identify strengths, which can be the basis of a treatment pl

We reassess our students with the CANS every 30 days. By doing this we are able to determine our progress towards discharge and positive patient outcomes.

Our team is unique in many ways. In our education department we have master- level prepared special education teachers and certified teachers in every classroom. Our clinical team is composed of Licensed Clinicals Social workers, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Marriage and Family therapist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ABA trained Behavioral interventionist, and along with a wealth of experience under our behavioral service belt.

At Aspire we believe in fostering relationships with families and our community. We make it a priority to meet with our school district leaderships and community mental health facilities to collaborate on safe best practices options for our students.

For students to be admitted into Aspire, guardians must consent and ensure compliancy to bi-weekly family therapy sessions. We also utilize Class Dojo daily to communicate with families their child’s day to day behaviors. If therapeutic interventions need to be reassessed, we will call on a family collaborative meeting that includes the behavioral interventionist, teacher, therapist, school leadership and any outside health care partners in the treatment plan.

At Aspire we take pride in providing early mental health intervention for children and families. Our mission is to provide holistic trauma informed care that can reduce negative outcomes. Our aim is to develop our students into healthy and productive members of society when they are adults.

We take pride in hiring staff who are operating at the highest levels of certification and licensure. Professional development days are incorporated into our calendar to facilitate trainings on best practice.

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High School Students

How many credits are required to graduate from high school in Kentucky?

22 total credits are required to graduate 

  • English I and II AND two additional reading and writing credits aligned with the student’s Individual Learning Plan (ILP) 
  • Algebra I and Geometry AND two additional mathematics credits aligned with the student’s ILP 
  • 3 social studies credits (at least one aligned with the student’s ILP) 
  • 3 lab-based science credits (at least one aligned with the student’s ILP) 
  • 1/2 credit health 
  • 1/2 credit physical education 
  • 1 credit visual and performing arts 
  • 6 additional credits aligned with the student’s ILP
  • State mandated civics test 
  • Course in financial literacy 
  • Instruction in essential workplace ethics 
  • Competency in technology 

No, we are not yet accredited but plan to start working on the accreditation process.

Aspire is classified as a nonpublic school by the state of Kentucky.

No, a student must transfer back to their public home school to be able to graduate with a diploma.

The alternative to transferring back to their home school is to take the GED test. 

Yes, it is based on Kentucky standards and several school districts use it as their virtual learning option.


When students who previously attended a homeschool or non-certified secondary school (any private school not certified pursuant to KRS 156.160 (3) desires to enroll in a public school, the local public school district is responsible for proper placement and awarding credits for the noncertified private school. If the student does not hold a properly certified transcript, the schools may place the students using one of two methods: 1. Pass a similar examination given to other students receiving credit for the course. 2. Students must attain a “C” average in the course by the 12th week of school. Those courses successfully completed by examination or performance shall be counted toward minimum high school graduation requirements in the local school district. See KRS 158.140.

  • You must be 19 years old to take the GED in Kentucky. You can take the GED® test if you are 18 and have officially withdrawn from school for at least 90 days (about 3 months) as certified by the local school district.
  • You must be a resident of the state of Kentucky with a Kentucky mailing address.
  • You are not required to take a preparatory class before taking the GED, but you must take and pass the GED Ready practice test before taking the GED test
  • Credit recovery involves taking, or retaking, classes that were unsuccessfully completed during the regular school year. The curriculum we use, Edgenuity, offers credit recovery courses.

  • If a high school student comes to Aspire and has courses on their transcript that they failed, they can take that course as credit recovery.

  • When they take a course through credit recovery, it is possible to complete that course faster than taking the full course again. It does this by allowing the student to test out of certain parts of the class.

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