Serving the Whole Student

Our mission at The Phoenix Academy is to provide individualized education that addresses students’ unique learning styles, cultivates independent thought, and promotes the building of character, equipping them to contribute to their communities in meaningful and positive ways.  The Phoenix Academy not only serves the academic and emotional needs of our students, but we also offer several opportunities to learn valuable life skills for future employment.  

The Phoenix Academy was developed in 1993 to provide an exceptional educational opportunity for at-risk youth.  Previously known as the Clark Bourbon Day Treatment Facility, the Clark County Public School System now operates the program in cooperation with the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children.  

School Reopening Survey


On June 29, 2020, the Clark County Board of Education voted for a September 8, 2020, start date for all students, with a May 28, 2021, end date for students.  Our school values input from all stakeholders.  It is important for our school leadership team to have this input as we develop re-entry plans.
With that in mind, please complete this survey for EACH of your children who attend Clark County Public Schools.  Please complete this survey by MIDNIGHT on WEDNESDAY, JULY 8.

GRC Graduation Video

Parents, Families, and Friends of George Rogers Clark Class of 2020 Graduates:

Clark County Public Schools and George Rogers Clark High School are happy to announce that the Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony will be shared for viewing on Friday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m.

The YouTube link will be available on the following media platforms:

@GRC Newspaper on Facebook
@GRCCards on Twitter

Congratulations to all our graduates. We are honored and proud to celebrate this tremendous achievement with you and your families.



David Bolen, GRC Principal

Letter from Superintendent Paul Christy

Clark County Students, Families, and Community:

Most of us have never experienced this level of disruption and uncertainty in our lifetimes.  I know families are concerned not only about the educational process, but likely more importantly, about the health of their family members and friends and the fact that many of them are facing economic challenges.

Your children’s safety and health are our top priorities.  We will continue to work hard to minimize the impact as this relates to their education.  We realize this is not ideal and we wish we had answers for everything.  For the time being, all we can do is continue to abide by the Governors’ orders and continue to be as flexible as needed.

I would urge you to maintain contact with your building principal and individual teachers with questions related to instruction.  After years of hard work, this is normally a time when seniors would begin graduation celebrations.  To them, I say please don’t let this current situation diminish your accomplishments.

Our hearts hurt for you during this time, however, I know there is no pandemic strong enough to silence you or take away your achievements or passion for your goals.  We respect you and the work you have done and will continue to do so, even if it is socially distanced.  Keep your head up, be proud of what you have done and what you have endured.  We all need you because you are the hope for our future.  This may not be what you expected, but I’m eager to see what you achieve in spite of it.

As we move forward, there are some important dates I would like to make you aware of.  As you may have already heard, the last day of classes for students will be Tuesday, May 5, 2020.  We are asking that all student work be completed and turned in to the schools by Friday, May 8, 2020.

We understand that each family may be dealing with unique circumstances and we want to work with each of you as flexibly as possible.  If students and families need additional time to complete work, please contact your building principal or teacher.  Staff will be available to all students for any assistance, remediation, or enrichment needed.  Closing day for staff will be Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  All report cards for students will follow after the closing day.  Please contact your school for exact mailing dates.

Lastly, I want to share my heartfelt thanks to each of you as you have worked with us as we have all endured these difficult times of balancing between education, safety, and soon to be recovery.

With prayers and positive thoughts,

Paul Christy


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Closure Update

As of April 20, 2020, the Governor and Commissioner of Education announced there will be no in-building instruction or in-person activities in schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

All assignments are due by Friday, May 8th.

School doors will be open from 10-11:30 a.m. from April 27th to May 8th to drop off work.

As always, reach out to Phoenix staff if you have questions or need help.

Updated Message from Superintendent Paul Christy

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In a typical year, our schools would be looking at Spring Break in the rearview mirror and now heading toward all the final lessons, testing and then the celebrations that traditionally mark the busy end of the school year. As we all know, 2020 is anything but typical.

First, I’d like to say to the students of Clark County Schools, we love and truly miss each of you and so look forward to the days when we are back together. To our seniors, I know this is an especially difficult and frustrating time for you. There is nothing I or anyone can say to make up for the times you are missing in what is supposed to be one of the best years of your lives. I do know that you, as a group, are resilient and innovative.  You are better able to work between physical and digital spaces than most of the adults in your lives. Use those skills to continue to better yourselves in a positive way. Please know that in its unique way, the Class of 2020 will always be remembered distinctively for the obstacles it has endured and overcome. Also, know that as this situation changes, we will continue to consider
the safest and best possible ways to offer some of the activities you rightfully deserve and expect as your senior year draws to an end.

Secondly, I would like to celebrate and thank all of our educators striving to thoroughly serve all students in every possible way. When I say educators, I do mean everyone working in our school system including administrators, teachers, cooks, bus drivers, custodians, and maintenance personnel. All of our Clark County Public Schools’ employees work together as a team with the clear mission that Every Student Matters!

Even though it appears that our current crisis is far from over, your efforts in the last few weeks demonstrate that creativity and resilience are at work in all of our schools. I have always appreciated the dedication and expertise of our staff. Now, I am even more impressed with your resourcefulness and persistence to reach out to our students and families in these times of huge
challenges. Even in times of risk to yourselves, you still work toward student improvement all while ensuring student health and safety. I believe that because of these stressful and difficult times, the work you all do in your schools may have never been more important than now.  Because of our current situation, we are all developing new skills that will have a positive impact on future teaching and learning.

Parents, first let me say that I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we have been adjusting, like you, to the drastic changes in life these last few weeks.  As you know, distance learning for the Clark County Schools is in full motion. While it is our responsibility to continue to educate our students, we also want to take into consideration the variety of difficulties that families and employees are enduring during this time.  We are not seeing your kids on a daily basis at this time, you are. If your child or you are feeling stressed over the amount of work or even a particular assignment, please stop, step back and take a deep breath.

While our teachers are doing their best to get work assignments to students that can be completed in their circumstances, we realize students and families are feeling anxieties from multiple fronts.  We don’t want to contribute to those anxieties. If at any time, you or your child are experiencing difficulties, please contact their teacher, counselor or building administrator and we will get through it together.

Lastly, I would like to publicly acknowledge a huge debt of gratitude for all our essential workers, especially the doctors, nurses, hospital employees, first responders, and law enforcement for all they are doing to keep us safe and healthy.

Thank you,

Paul Christy

COVID-19 Closure Extension

March 16-27 assignments are due on Monday, April 6th.

School doors will be open from 9 am-1 pm to drop off previous assignments and pickup new packets.

Contact Phoenix staff if you need someone to come by and pick up previous assignments or deliver new assignments.

Our closure has been extended until Monday, May 4th.  Each student has new assignments for the next month.

Contact the Phoenix staff or visit our Student Resource Website to get all the updated school and food service information.

COVID-19 Closure Update

We’ve added some additional resources for those having trouble finding the help they need or dealing with the stress of this situation.

Winchester-Clark County Resources Directory

Coping with Stress During Infectious Outbreaks

Talking with Children During Infection Outbreaks

As always, the Phoenix staff is available to help with anything our students or their guardians may need during our school outage.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.


COVID-19 School Closure

The Phoenix Academy will be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16th, and will resume classes on Monday, April 20th.

Our staff has created a website that gives students and guardians additional access to technical help, food and clothing resources, assignments, and district updates throughout this unique situation.

Staff will be monitoring messages and student performance throughout the break, so please reach out if you have any questions or problems.

K-12 or college students who don’t already have broadband internet access may call 1-844-488-8395 to receive free Spectrum broadband service and WiFi access for 60 days.

Student Resource Website

Teacher Resource Website

District Food Pickup and Delivery Information

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