A school that does not provide a completely traditional learning experience
The all encompassing definition of alternative education allows a variety of hosting options, public, private, charter, etc and multitude of delivery methods at physical locations, online or hybrid options. The broad spectrum of educational opportunities exists because there are no mandated requirements to earn the designation of alternative school.
It is true...
that the first alternative schools were started for troubled teens, but that could not be farther from the truth today! The reasons for seeking non-traditional paths are as unique as the students enrolled in the curriculums.
Did You Know...
HCS is the ONLY public school district, in Livingston County, that offers both a physical location, brick and mortar school, as well as an online academy with alternative program options for learners!
How Alt Ed
Structure May Differ
Usually alternative education classrooms have smaller class sizes allowing for more individualized attention.
A wider variety of teaching methods are encouraged especially lessons including hands-on interaction and creativity.
Non-traditional evaluation methods are usually the norm including a largely accepted practice of no/very little homework.
Flexible daily schedules
Alternative education programs often incorporate social, mental and emotional learning into weekly routines.
Flexible graduation requirements
Why Students Seek Alt Ed
To get ahead of traditional course requirements and outlined course work
Social, emotional or behavioral difficulties that make traditional high school seem overwhelming, ie. anxiety
Difficult life circumstances
Flexibility for the pursuit of interests or talents like sports, theater, dance at a state or national competitive level
Lack of success with traditional teaching methods resulting in low or failing grades and/or a feeling of inferiority in the classroom