Give Each Student a Chance to Succeed — Both in the Classroom and Beyond
Our Alternative Education programs provide the needed support to a school district’s most at-risk population by effectively educating and socializing students with pervasive, maladaptive, or disruptive behaviors. Our certified and trained staff provide a structured, safe environment, where students can get back on track both behaviorally and academically. Through a combination of behavior modification, peer accountability, and guided instruction, our staff acts as change agents to change students’ attitudes and behaviors while also improving academic performance.
Student GovernmentOne of the foundational structures to our program, the Student Government system allows students to climb up a six-tiered behavior rating system all while earning greater privileges and acting as instrumental liaisons between staff and new students. The opportunity to participate in student government allows student to become leaders and peer role models based on their behavior, attendance, and academic progress.
Student Rating SystemOur system promotes positive, pro-social behaviors through privileges and advancing status while countering negative behaviors with reduced privileges and a loss in status. With teachers and staff meeting weekly to determine ratings, students can move up or fall back depending on their demonstrated ability to adhere to school norms. to determine individual student behavior and adjust status accordingly. The behavioral status of each student is posted in public spaces and each student participates in the discussion of improving his or her rating.
Established Norms, Accountability, and MotivationStaff and students alike share a common set of campus rules and expectations including a clearly defined student redirection and crisis management process. By giving students a sense of ownership and responsibility for their own school, we encourage them to feel accountable for their actions, behaviors, and personal performance at school every day.
Guided Group InteractionIn small groups supervised by trained staff, students discuss issues outside of school that interfere with behavior at school. In this structured safe environment, our staff develops research-based personal growth programs that will support each student in the areas identified for attention. Every staff member is trained to identify leadership struggles, interpret nonverbal communication cues, and gauge trust level within the group, all of which in turn allows our staff to read and predict behavior.
Preparing All Students For Life After School
Transition Plan Guides: Working with each student, we create a checklist of activities that guides students from their freshman through their senior year, establishing a path towards postsecondary pursuits that may include college or trade school enrollment, employment in the workplace, or enlistment in the military.
Career & Job Interest Surveys: To best determine a student’s desired goals and career, we utilize a number of measures Self-Directed Search (SDS), Microcomputer Evaluation of Careers and Academics (MECA), Choices Planner, Abilities Profile and Learning Style Inventory.
Life Skills Program: Outside of their academic schedule, students take part in a wide array of real‐ world aptitudes, such as job interviewing and job performance skills, résumé writing, conflict resolution training, workplace communication skills, and hygiene/grooming.
Industry Tours & College Tours: Both on-campus exposure to industry career paths and off-campus visits to tour local industries, businesses, and colleges to increase student interest and stimulate goal planning.