Turning Point High School Program

  • The Phoenix Center for Innovative Learning 

    Turning Point Program

    Designed to meet the needs of High School Students who are seeking a non-traditional environment.

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    Program Description:

    Turning Point is a program designed to meet the needs of students who are seeking a non-traditional environment in which to complete their high school diploma or GED. Typically, students are juniors or seniors that need 8 or less credits to graduate, but other students may be considered on an individual basis. The program uses a combination of online and teacher taught classes. Turning Point also provides GED preparation. To find out more about the programs or how to enroll, please call 540-286-8985 and speak to the program counselor (Mrs. Kara Stansbury) or the program Administrator (Rita Cavataio).

    Program Location:

    Turning Point is located at The Phoenix Center for Innovative Learning. The office phone number is 540-286-8985. Offices are open year around from 8am to 3:30pm, Monday- Friday during the regular school year and Monday - Thursday during the summer.

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  • High School Diploma Classes:

    Diploma students attend on Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

    It is important to note that diploma students are dual enrolled at their base high schools, but attend classes at Turning Point. The base school will continue to house the students permanent records and to issue transcripts. 

    Students may enroll in academic classes and earn credits through a combination of hours of attendance and instruction, as well as course content mastery. The program is designed to work with students acheiving standard and advanced diplomas.  


    GED Classes:

    GED students attend from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. 3 days a week with a requirement for an additional ten (10) hours per week of work or work related activities. 

    Using pre-tests to evaluate each student’s educational level in different testing areas, individualized GED review will be provided in preparation for taking the GED test during the current school year. Potential GED students will be administered the Test of Adult Basic Education. This test is to assess the students academic level to determine if the student has the potential to be successful with the GED. Students should speak with their counselor at their base school about the program. Their base school counselor will explain the process for entering the GED program ans review the pros and cons of a GED with the student and parents.   

    Virginia Department of Education: GED Information 


    Anyone may call the Phoenix Center for information, but students should be referred to Turning Point by their base school counselor. They must then meet criteria to be accepted into the Program. That acceptance is based on a variety of information about each student.

    The Turning Point staff will interview prospective students in order to review Program services, staff expectations and the responsibility required of the student. A student’s high school transcript, test scores, and disciplinary records will be reviewed as part of the interview and screening process.

    Cost and Transportation:

    The Program is free to high school aged students who are residents of Stafford County. The student or the student’s family must provide transportation.


    Reminder: Turning Point is designed for students who need or want to finish high school or obtain a GED but need a non-traditional environment in order to succeed. The Program has enrollment limitations and may not be an appropriate setting for some students. Additional programs aimed at helping younger students who might be thinking of leaving school are available through each high school.