New Executive Director, Accelerated Program for Camelot of Escambia County
(Pensacola, FL—August 24, 2016)—At Camelot Academy of Escambia County, the new school year brings with it a new Executive Director, Andrew Maxwell, and also a new program that will help at-risk students catch up on their studies and graduate on time.
As a transitional school, Camelot Academy of Escambia County works with students who have gotten into trouble at their traditional public school. The students receive help and guidance with their issues and get a new start with their behavior and academics. Students typically return to their original school within six months, positively affected by the Camelot Culture.
Maxwell, who assumed his new position on August 3rd, has developed a new program that allows students who have fallen behind on their studies to catch up with an accelerated course load, thanks to block scheduling and the Camelot Education model.
“The accelerated program is a new component where a student can accomplish a years’ academic work in one semester,” said Maxwell. “We’re providing these young people with a path to graduate on time and achieve post-secondary success.”
Maxwell, who was born and raised in Pensacola, developed an interest in helping at-risk youth while pursuing a criminal justice minor at Florida A&M University. He became a mentor in a little league group, and then joined Camelot Education as a behavior specialist. After holding several positions within the school, he is now able to achieve an even larger change in the lives of students through the accelerated program.
“I’ve seen all the ranks at Camelot, eventually becoming director of operations,” said Maxwell. “I believe we have a common bond and touch with these kids, and that is why we’re able to help them.”
Maxwell said he is inspired by the Camelot approach to students, which is that teachers, counselors and other support staff shift the focus of their students away from their troubled backgrounds and onto attaining successful goals.
“We’re constantly building students up,” Maxwell said. “There are many students I can think of, but one young woman in particular. She came from a broken, abusive home and was very self-conscious about it. After working with her at Camelot, she’s now thriving. She received a scholarship through my college fraternity and she’s a sophomore in college. It was a student that made me feel proud and reminds me of why we do what we do at Camelot.”
Camelot of Escambia County began operating in the 2010-2011 school year.