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Alternative Education

About Alternative Education

Common Elements of Alternative Education

Alternative Education programs may operate as a:

  • Program affiliated with one or more schools or districts
  • Separate self-contained alternative school

The setting of Alternative Education may be:

  • School buildings (during school and/or non-school hours)
  • Former school buildings
  • Community or recreation centers
  • Neighborhood organizations
  • Community college or other post-secondary campus

Components of Alternative Education may include:

  • Community Service Learning (CSL)
  • Intense academic monitoring
  • Partnership with a local college/university (i.e., community college)
  • Small group learning (low student/teacher ratios)
  • Parent/family involvement
  • Life skills training
  • Conflict resolution training
  • Partnerships with community based organizations (i.e., YMCA)
  • Work based learning opportunities
  • Flexible scheduling for academic instruction

Last Updated: March 26, 2018

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