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Alternative Education
Alternative Education is an approach offered to "at-risk" students in a nontraditional setting. Alternative Education includes self-contained public schools as well as programs affiliated with a school (or schools).
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Career/Vocational Technical Education
Career/vocational technical education programs are offered by many high schools across Massachusetts.
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Charter Schools
A charter school is a public school that is managed by a board of trustees and operates independently of any school committee under a five-year charter granted by the Board of Education.
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Commonwealth Virtual Schools
A Commonwealth Virtual School is a public school in which teachers provide instruction primarily from a remote location using the Internet; students in any part of the state can apply to attend the school.
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Service-Learning is an instructional methodology, used in both traditional and non-traditional school settings, that integrates community service into the curriculum.
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High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing Program
The HSE Tests provide the opportunity to earn a Massachusetts High School Equivalency Diploma, accepted by nearly all colleges, universities, and employers in the United States
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Approved Private Special Education Schools
The Program Quality Assurance office maintains a directory of private day and residential special education schools which meet Massachusetts' approval requirements.

Last Updated: August 19, 2019
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