Frequently Asked Questions and Promising Practices
I. General Questions
5. What Alternative Education models exist in Massachusetts?
There are a variety of models of Alternative Education programs/schools throughout the Commonwealth. Programs/schools vary in a number of ways, including:
Type of students served - Alternative Education programs/schools include those targeted to very specific populations (e.g., parenting teens, expelled students, students retained in grade nine), as well as more general enrollment that includes a broader base of students that have risk factors for dropping out of school.
Grade level(s) served - Alternative Education programs/schools include those that are focused on a particular grade level (or levels) such as at the middle school and high school grades.
Setting - Alternative Education programs/schools may be established within the traditional school during the regular school day; within the traditional school after the regular school day; or in a separate, off-site location.
Extent of involvement with the traditional school - Alternative Education programs include those that use all, some, or none of the traditional school's teachers and classrooms. Districts may also elect to create a separate official school (with a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education designated school code) devoted to Alternative Education.