The vision of the Discovery ChalleNGe Academy (DCA) is to be recognized as the leading alternative educational program for High School dropouts. DCA will meet the unique needs of its Cadets and assist them in making a successful transition to adulthood by fostering and perpetuating the Eight Core Components of ChalleNGe. Through mentoring and education, our graduates will be provided the life skills to be successful in their future endeavors.
The Discovery Challenge Academy is a residential program that incorporates a highly structured quasi-military format emphasizing self-discipline, personal responsibility and positive motivation. Students, who are referred to as cadets while at the Academy, must meet military grooming standards, wear military type uniforms and observe standard military customs and courtesies.
Each class involves a three-phase program that begins with a two-week "acclimation phase" where the goal is to identify those students that have the desire and discipline to complete the program. Students who successfully complete the acclimation phase enter the 20-week "challenge phase" where the emphasis is on the “Eight Core Component” curriculum. Cadets must show improvement in each component.