In September 2018, Success Academy opened as a safety-net program under Student Support Services in Fayette County Public Schools. Serving students 16 and older who have earned five or fewer high school credits, the program aims to re-engage these students through nontraditional and accelerated pathways and to equip them with the skills needed to succeed in the classroom, the workplace, and the community.
The program started out in a former church building at 1555 Georgetown Rd., which the Fayette County Board of Education had voted in December 2017 to purchase for the district's STEAM Academy (then housed in the old Johnson Elementary on East Sixth Street). Extensive renovations began in August 2019, and the Success Academy moved temporarily to the former Linlee Elementary at 2420 Spurr Rd. The school board received monthly updates through November 2020, and the Success Academy and the STEAM Academy moved into the renovated building in late fall 2020.
For the 2022-23 school year, the Success Academy was reorganized to include services for students seeking a virtual learning experience and for those needing to complete their General Educational Development test (GED).