"Our challenge is not to educate the children we used to have or want to have, but to educate the children who come to the schoolhouse door." This quote by H. G. Wells, highlights the challenges faced by schools and communities. Because the large and/or traditional school environment does not meet the needs of all students, especially those students who are at-risk, vulnerable, and disengaged, alternatives must be developed.
The alternative education program works with school districts to develop programs that help all students to be successful. Program ideas range from early intervention for at-risk learners that start the student off on the right track to programs for students who have lost their way entirely. For the student who has lost his or her way, this might include jail or detention based education, credit acceleration, a behavior program or just an opportunity to come back to school and graduate.
While the short-term goal of alternative education is to meet the needs of some students, the long-term goal must be to identify successful alternative education strategies and use these strategies as a basis for improving the learning opportunities for all children.
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