Helps (Humanities, Education, Law, and Protective Services) Academy combines classroom education, community experience and college planning to guide students through career strands.  Themes such as "globalization" help students respect differences while developing skills in problem solving, listening, and conflict resolution.  Whether in the classrooms, through field expein education or via internships at local schools, the courthouse, and police departments, students in HELPS explore careers and prepare for college.

A team of HELPS teachers brings a "Service-Before-Self" focus to english, social studies, science and math classes.  In addition to meeting the core academic requirements, HELPS Academy students also gain a focused, purposeful education through elective studies. 

By taking Child Development and Advanced Child Development at OVHS, juniors and seniors in HELPS gain six college credits toward Ivy Tech’s Associates degree in Early Childhood Education.  Additionally, other OVHS dual credit courses apply toward general education requirements in such Ivy Tech degree programs as Criminal Justice Humanities classes, such as AP and I.U. dual credit offerings, are available to all the academically-inclined students who have yet to select a specific career pathway.

Partners like Head Start, Ivy Tech, Indiana University, Spencer- Owen Community Schools, the Owen County judiciary, and the Indiana State Police add to the postsecondary preparation of our HELPS students.  Additionally, local veterans’ associations enrich the HELPS experience through their experience with Air Force Junior ROTC and with HELPS students have interviewed veterans as part of an on-going Veterans Oral History project.  

Members of the HELPS teacher team co-plan thematic units, advisement activities, and scheduling procedures.  Through them, the HELPS students receive a rigorous, relevant preparation for their next steps after graduation. 

Team members include: Lt. Col. Dave Allen, AFJROTC; Brenda Davis, Family & Consumer Science and Internship/I.C.E.; Brian Green, Social Studies and Law Education, Jennifer Hart, Family and Consumer Science; Dede Jones, Math; Diana Nichols, Social Studies and MSgt Tony Smithson, AFJROTC.