Storefront Academy

Who We Are

Storefront Academy is an alternative education program for students 16-21, who for various reasons have not completed high school. Storefront operates as an extension of any cooperating high school and is not intended to take the place of the regular high school experience. Storefront is an alternative because it is flexible in helping students complete their high school education while meeting other obligations, such as family and work.
All teachers at Storefront hold secondary education Illinois Teacher Certificates. The program is administered by the Urbana School District’s Adult Education program. All local schools, most area schools, and some out of state schools cooperate with Storefront. Storefront has been in operation since January 1975.

Storefront is open from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday during the regular school year.

Storefront helps students earn credits needed to meet the referring high school’s requirements for graduation. Storefront, itself, does not issue diplomas.

What We Do

Students are introduced to Storefront by high school counselors and principals, social workers, social service agencies, probation officers, other Storefront students, parents, and other adult and continuing education programs in Champaign-Urbana. The Storefront staff maintains a working relationship with the youth-related agencies and organizations in the community.

Storefront’s curriculum includes courses in a variety of areas such as business, consumer education, English, health, home economics, mathematics, psychology, science, law-focused education, social studies, and physical education. Another part of the curriculum is a Work Experience Program in which a training agreement is made between the employer and the Storefront staff in order for the student to earn credit.

How We Do It

Students begin the Storefront enrollment process at the Urbana Adult Education Center, 211 North Race Street, Urbana. An appointment is arranged to which they bring a current transcript and a referral form from their home high school. The intake procedure for new students includes diagnostic testing, a review of the student’s transcript, and an interview with the counselor.

Educational Alternative

Serves ages 16-21

Open 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Earn diploma through cooperating home high school

Taught by certified teachers

In operation since 1975

Individualized instruction

Flexible scheduling

Variety of courses offered

Work experience program