From Director of The Academic Institute, Jennifer Vice
For 35 years The Academic Institute has provided an
individualized approach to education, tailored to the unique needs and
abilities of each student. Recently, we went through accreditation review and
passed with flying colors. I would like to clarify that our funding and our
approach to communicating with Bellevue High School administrators and coaches
is well within the WIAA’s rules, and is intended to serve as a safety net and
positive influence on our students’ education.
First, we have been fortunate to be among the wide range
of charitable causes the Bellevue Wolverines Football Club support. It should
be made clear however, that we do not discriminate who receives the funds we
secure through our various donors. We distribute all of the donated funds
appropriately across our students based on their financial need and in no way
does the source of the funds dictate which student will be the recipient.
fact, between 2011 and 2015, we provided scholarships to 20 of our students – and only six of those were players associated
with Bellevue High School football. On average, we have about 35-50 students at
any given period and only about 10 to 15 percent have been athletes with BHS
Additionally, any communication with the administrators,
educators and coaches at BHS and many other public schools is squarely intended
to ensure we are fully collaborating in meeting students’ needs for education,
guidance and mentorship. We are part of the network that is helping these kids
reach their full potential, and we are proud to serve in that role.