What is Fortis Academy?

The innovative Fortis Academy is the first public recovery high school for students who live in the Houston area. The school which opened in 2018 combines coaching, counseling and academics. Services are provided in a small learning community, with a low student-to-teacher ratio and individualized learning. Students attending Fortis complete a substance abuse or dependency rehab program. They continue their high school education in a sober environment. 

A hallmark feature of Fortis is its culinary arts program. In 2019-2020 students also participate in an equine therapy program. An overarching philosophy at Fortis is to move from a mentality of punishing students to helping them.  

"Peer pressure is a powerful force, so we combine counseling and coaching centers into the traditional school day to promote continued sobriety." - Harris County School Superintendent James Colbert Jr., avid supporter of Fortis Academy

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