Alternative Education Program
Contact Information:Natasha Walkowicz Shea, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional ProgramsPhone: (845) 295-4030 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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The goal of the Alternative Education Program is to provide diverse approaches to education for students who have not experienced success personally, socially or academically in previous placements. Through the utilization of team building, low student to staff ratio, on-site counseling, and focusing on each student's personal strengths, the Alternative Education Program provides opportunities for success. The staff encourages and fosters positive behavioral and academic growth by practicing a philosophy of positive choices and a fair, firm, consistent approach to behavioral improvements.
Students benefit from increased staff support and a positive reinforcement system to reward appropriate choices and behaviors. Social workers, in conjunction with classroom staff, provide team-building activities and partner with community organizations to enhance the students’ educational opportunities while reinforcing academic objectives, and social and emotional growth.
Students are enrolled in the program for a variety of reasons, including high absenteeism, excessive tardiness, lack of academic progress and/or success, and negative behavior choices. Students are required to take all mandated New York State assessments which are reported to the home district. The students may be given the opportunity to return to their home school when consistent attendance, passing grades, and positive behavior are demonstrated.