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Fresh Start

Frank E.Thompson / President      &   E.Chenice Thompson / Executive Director

FreshStart recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each child. The program’s primary mission is to foster a love of learning in each student. Our curriculum skillfully weaves artistic and practical disciplines into everyday academics. Students learn to follow their curiosity, to think creatively, and to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

FreshStartl is an alternative school providing mentoring, reading assistance, drug and alcohol awareness, and a suspension program for students in grades Kindergarten through 12th. The objective is to assist students and families by providing a safe environment which reduces negative behavior. We believe children will be successful if they remain in school.

We’re prepared to meet the educational needs of all school children.

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Apostolic Worship Child Development, Inc., a non-profit, faith-based organization, is dedicated to furthering individual fulfillment through education, mentoring and family strengthening. The “brain child” of Frank E. Thompson, it all began with their first venture in 1997, at our youth summer camp. The goal was to provide a fun, safe, educational environment for youth during the summer months. The summer programs continue to this day.

In 2003, our visionary saw a need for a “reading initiative” program. This program was designed to help youth with reading comprehension and data manipulation in an after school environment. The program was very successful and grew to provide FCAT Blitz programs designed to assist youth with FCAT preparation. We developed a partnership with the Orange County Coalition for a Drug Free Community and began an annual “Youth Gospel Rave.”

The purpose was to create a safe, drug-free, alcohol-free environment for youth to experience music and fun. It has been an annual anti-drug event for the past 9 years. Over 5,000 youth and families have participated in Youth Gospel Rave.

In 2005, the Apostolic Worship Child Development Center opened, providing childcare services to infant through 5 years old. The goal was to provide value and a “one stop” shop for both school age and childcare. Sixty percent of our participants are low income and on subsidized childcare.

In 2006 after experiencing a student come to our facility during the day, the question was asked, “Why aren’t you in school?” The reply, “I’m suspended.” What would this student do while suspended… wander the community, be exposed to negative behavior; A light a came on, What if there was an alternative?

These questions gave birth to The FreshStart Academy.


In 2003, FreshStart began this program for students who were separated from their schools in Orange County.  The program operates Monday thru Friday during regular school hours and provides an alternative for students being left at home or on the streets exposed to negative behavior. To date we have served 3,761 youth.

The program operates with a science based curriculum, Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC). This curriculum is registered with The National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices (NREEP) The program provides modules in effective communication, drugs & alcohol, raising resilient youth (parents) and “getting real” which promotes self awareness and mutual respect. Our purpose is to introduce the students to the “Joy” of being in school and improving their behavior.

Our experience shows many students don’t feel that school is for them but rather for the teachers and administrators. Each student that attends the FreshStart Academy receives follow up in their school for the remainder of the school year and a re-entry form when they return to school. This innovative approach has produced an average 60% success rate based on students from our program receiving no referrals, improved behavior and attendance.

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All Students are Dismissed at their Regular School Hours
Monday – Friday: 7:30AM – 4:30PM

Wednesday 7:30AM – 3:30PM

Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed