Union County Public Schools Inspiring the Champion Within

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The Union County Learning Academy (formerly the RIDE Center) is located in the basement of Union County High School and was established in 1998. The school is for students grades 6-12.

UCLA serves two purposes. The first of these purposes is as a school for special needs students whose individual education plans could be better served by a different style of teaching. The second of these purposes is as an alternative school for students who are experiencing difficulty learning in the regular school setting.

The staff of the Union County Learning Academy is aware that some students arrive at a crucial point in their life where they need a caring, structured environment to provide emotional stability while teaching responsibility, cooperation, self-control and on-task behaviors. Each student who is accepted must learn to live in the outside world. Therefore, it is necessary for him or her to learn to cooperate with other people and to respect authority.

The faculty endeavors to create an environment in which each child feels accepted, and one that offers him or her the opportunity to succeed academically as well as emotionally. The academic area is individualized as much as possible. Students operate at different levels and rates.

All students considered for placement will be subject to an admissions placement review performed by the Union County Learning Academy placement team.