"Our program is small and we do have a waiting list," Principal Lisa Showalter said.
During the 2008-09 academic school year, Cumberland served 76 students, the highest in its history.
"We focus on meeting the basic needs both academically and personally of our students," Showalter said.
One of the highlights of the school year at Cumberland is the graduation ceremony. Of the 21 seniors, 17 graduated, which resulted in the largest graduating class in the history of the program.
"These students probably would've quit," Showalter said. "Half the graduates plan to attend Ivy Tech Community College this fall."
The General Educational Development (GED) graduates are invited to Cumberland's graduation, which she said is a very nice and emotional ceremony.
Students are referred to Cumberland by their "home school" principals or counselors. In some instances, students are referred through the courts. However, when it comes to testing, student's scores are still included in their home school.
"Students come to us for a variety of reasons," she said. "We have a smaller learning environment, or if a teenage girl becomes pregnant, then we work in conjunction with the LEAAP (Linking Educators to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers) Center."
Students are accepted at Cumberland who are eligible for expulsion from their home school or have attendance problems.
"We meet the needs of anyone who can't make it in their home school," she said. "We work with the kids to be able to get them back to their home school until graduation."
With very few dropouts, Showalter believes it's a testament to the students.
"The kids want to be here and they work hard," she said.
For the fifth year in a row, Cumberland had its Teacher Appreciation lunch. Students invite teachers from their past or present who have influenced and inspired them.
"There were 100 people here and it is very meaningful to the teachers who are invited," Showalter said. "I don't know who enjoys it more the teachers or the kids."
A new program, an imitator of the GRASP (Generating Responsibility Through an Alternative to Suspension Placement) program, currently in place in Putnam County, will allow for a different way of suspensions to be dispersed.
"We are hoping to have the program in place this fall for the students at Northview (High School) and Clay City (Jr./Sr. High School) with the possibility of adding North Clay (Middle School) in the spring," she said.
The program will require students and their parents to appear before a judge. From their the judge will tell them the amount of days they will be suspended and assign court costs. For the duration of their suspension the students will spend their mornings at Cumberland Academy doing homework that they would've missed in class. The afternoons will be spent working with community corrections.
"The days of having nothing to do during a suspension are over," Showalter said. "We really hope this will curtail students from doing something that would result in a suspension."
Cumberland will add another fulltime teacher at the start of the school year, which will allow for more students in the program.
"We have the best teachers in the corporation," Showalter said. "But it takes special teachers to work with at-risk kids."
Though the school year is over and the staff is preparing for next year, Showalter was very happy with the success of the students.
"We really had a wonderful year," she said. "We had a great group of kids."