Course Guide: Alternative Education
The Alternative Education Program is designed to meet the needs of the “At-Risk” student. The goal of the program is to improve self-esteem, study skills, academic skills and to motivate students to pursue a viable future. Students may be referred by school counseling, administration, teachers, parents or even themselves; however, they must meet certain guidelines. In addition, the student and parent must sign a contract agreeing to abide by the rules of the program. Students needing support are enrolled in one or more of the programs below:
- Bridge Program – EN1130BR, MA3130BR, and BT620ONBR – Designed to provide students support as they transition to high school, students in the Bridge Program are scheduled into smaller classes that are supported by a dedicated school counselor. The school counselor collaborates with classroom teachers in providing coaching related to academic success, social skills, and study skills. Students participate in extended career exploration and work to develop the skills necessary for success in high school.
- Counseling – Small groups or individual supports focused on study skills, substance abuse prevention, organization, and career readiness.
- Individualized Student Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP/GED) - Students work with an instructor to evaluate and build skills in the areas of Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies in preparation for taking the GED test. Students also complete the required Economics and Personal Finance course and are enrolled in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) course. Students interested in this program must meet certain guidelines and be approved by the Alternative Education Committee. Prerequisites are students must be at least 16 years old and achieve the minimum score on the GED Ready pretest.
- Credit Recovery – Based on individual student needs through a program designed by a student’s school counselor and administrator.