Texas Comprehensive Center

Previous Work
October 2005 through September 2012

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Briefing Papers

Alternative High Schools in
Rural Areas

Appendix B

 

Name

NDPC Rating

Contact Information

Description

Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center

***

2750 Notaiah Road Estes Park, CO 80517 970.586.0600 http://www.eaglerockschool.org

An initiative of the American Honda Education Corporation, a 501(c)3, a nonprofit subsidiary of the American Honda Motor Company. A full-scholarship high school for students and a low-cost professional development center for adults. Located in the mountain resort community of Estes Park, Colorado, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Opened in the fall of 1993. Admits and graduates students three times a year. Year-round (three trimesters) and residential. Purposefully small, capacity of 96 students, who have not experienced success in traditional academic programs, did not expect to graduate from high school, are passionate about changing their lives. Students are admitted between the ages of 15 and 17; graduate when they can demonstrate mastery of Eagle Rock's requirements; choose to enroll and choose to stay; come from Colorado (50 percent) and the nation (50 percent); are equally represented, male and female; and comprise a purposefully diverse community.

Foxfire High School

***

2805 Pinkerton Road Zanesville, OH 43701 740.453.4509 http://www.foxfire.schoolwires.com

We are a drop out recovery school that serves at-risk youth for 5 surrounding counties. We serve ages 16-22 in a non traditional setting. We have several embedded wrap around services including: social worker, drug/alcohol counselor, nurse. sro, outreach coordinator, wellness coordinator, mental health counselor, 21st Century Director

Gateway Academy High School

**

100 East Lockridge St. Mayfield, KY 42066 270.328.4979 http://www.graves.kyschools.us /schools/gateway

Gateway Academy is a voluntary alternative school that provides opportunities toward academic completion of a high school diploma. GAHS serves students of the Mayfield City and Graves County School Districts and qualified candidates of Western Kentucky. Our goal is to work with students and their families to create opportunities for success, which in turn will increase the number of graduates and lead to community improvement. Gateway has a Workforce Investment Act grant that allows us to help students find paid and unpaid work experiences as well as training in occupational skills, basic skills, character building skills and leadership development; mentoring; counseling; and community involvement.

Douglas High School D-PASS (Dropout Prevention, AIMS and School Success)

**

1500 15th Street Douglas, AZ 85607 520.364.3462 https://www10.ade.az.gov/AIMSDP Toolkit/ExemplaryPrograms/2009/D ouglasHigh2009.aspx

Having begun as alternative school and credit recovery programs in the Fall of 2007, our initiative has expanded to a school-wide reform effort. Our school-wide efforts include Intervention embedded within the school day for all students who are struggling with low grades in current classes or have failed to demonstrate mastery of the Arizona standards on Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards.

PACE Personal Alternative Choices in Education

**

6064 Slab Landing Rd
Cope, SC 29038 803.533.1783

The PACE program is designed to meet the needs of students who are not finding success in the regular classroom by offering alternative pathways for graduation. It targets those students who are at a high risk of dropping out of regular school due to such things as attendance, pregnancy, poor performance, problems at home, the need to work, and loss of credits due to transfers. The program gives hope to students and parents who have been struggling with "the school issue". It gives students, administrators, parents, and teachers another safety net to catch students before they become a statistic. It has proven results to push students forward and gives them an obtainable goal which most at-risk students have lost.

Alee Academy Alternative Charter School

*

1705 County Road 44 Eustis, FL 32726 352.357.9426 http://www.aleeacademy.org

n.a.

Bath County Graduation Success Academy

*

645 Chenault Drive Owingsville, KY 40360 606.674.2788

The Bath County Graduation Success Academy, GSA, is a program developed by Superintendent, DPP, and the Bath County Board of Education. The program was developed to target at-risk students in the Bath County School District in grades 7-12. In the 2007-08 school year Bath County had upwards of 30 students that dropped out of high school. To combat this problem, the GSA was implemented with the hard work of the staff, and has had a successful year. The program is designed to service 30 students; 15 from the middle school level and 15 from the high school level. There is an application process that is presented to the Admissions Committee. Through the GSA, 9 students graduated from high school this year. All the students who were able to graduate were faced with serious personal obstacles. Thanks to their hard work and the hard work of the faculty of the GSA, they were able to overcome those challenges to become successful. The school is staffed with one dedicated principal and 2 wonderful classroom teachers.

Clarke Learning Center

*

802 N. Jackson Osceola, IA 50213 641.342.2804

This is an alternative high school separate from the traditional high school, but on the high school/middle school campus. It serves predominately students from Clarke Community (95% +) which has a total enrollment of about 350 at-risk students in grades 9-12. There are the equivalent of two full-time staff (1 full, 2 half), who serve a total of 36 students at any one time. Instruction is given in all subject areas in an independent, work at your own pace environment. The program offers a separate, lower credit diploma option, in addition to the traditional home-school diploma. Students attend a three hour shift in either the AM or PM with some exceptions (a few students attend all day, attend only during open periods in their HS schedule, or attend as drop-in). Students must attend 80% of the time, maintain minimum productivity, and adhere to behavior policies to remain in the program. Students may take classes at both the CLC and the traditional HS, and may be involved in extra-curricular activities as well as events such as prom and commencement ceremonies.

Chamberlain High School

*

PO Box 119 Chamberlain, SD 57325 605.234.4467 http://www.chamberlain.k12.sd.us/chs

The study assist program allows students who have demonstrated the need for additional academic help based on lack of credits, low GPA, history of attendance issues, etc to be placed in a one period per day class that provides support for their academic needs. Students earn a half credit each semester for their work and are graded daily using a rubric grading system.

* The NDPC rating is based on three factors:

  • The number of years program in existence
  • The evaluation design
  • The empirical evidence demonstrating the prevention or reduction of dropouts or the improvement in graduation rates and/or significant impact on dropout-related risk factors.

 

Model programs targeting rural and at least one additional setting:

Rating

Name

Location

***

A+ Anywhere Learning System

Oklahoma City, OK

*

Academic Alternatives

Palatka, FL

**

Acellus Learning System

Independence, MO

*

Alternative Diploma Partnership

Arlington, VA

*

Alternatives Unlimited - Palm Beach Drop Back in Academy

W. Palm Beach, FL

*

Apex Learning

Seattle, WA

**

Big Picture Learning

Providence, RI

**

Buena Alternative Learning Center

Sierra Vista, AZ

**

Chugach Voyage To Excellence Program

Anchorage, AK

***

Communities and Schools For Success (CS-Squared)

Boston, MA

***

Communities In Schools of Georgia - Performance Learning Centers

Atlanta, GA

**

Computer Based Instruction

Arlington, VA

***

Coping and Support Training (CAST)

Redmond, WA

**

Education 2020

Scottsdale, AZ

**

EnterprisePrep

Harvey Cedars, NJ

*

Internship Quest

Centerville, MA

***

Job Corps

Washington, DC

**

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)

Alexandria, VA

*

Kanawha County Schools

Charleston, WV

**

Kane County Regional Office of Education

Geneva, IL

*

Longevity of Success

Colorado Springs, CO

**

Migrant Education Advisor Program (MEAP)

Rohnert Park, CA

**

Mountain Education Center High School

Toccoa, GA

*

Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy

Arlington, VA

**

NovaNET

Scottsdale, AZ

***

Odyssey

Austin, TX

***

Oklahoma Statewide Alternative Academy Program

Oklahoma City, OK

***

Oklahoma Technical Assistance Center

Cushing, OK

**

Opportunity School

Wooster, OH

*

Pace Learning Systems

Tuscaloosa, AL

**

PASS (Portable Assisted Study Sequence)

Mt. Morris, NY

***

PHASE 4 Learning Center, Inc.

West Mifflin, PA

**

PLATO Learning, Inc.

Bloomington, MN

***

Positive Action

Twin Falls, ID

**

Positive Behavior Facilitation

Silver Spring, MD

*

Primavera Online High School

Chandler, AZ

**

Prince William Regional Technology Academy

Manassas, VA

***

Process Communications, Inc.

Potomac, MD

*

Process Teaching

Potomac, MD

*

Project Discovery

Louisville, KY

*

Project Reconnect

Warner Robins, GA

***

Read Right

Shelton, WA

***

Reconnecting Youth

Seattle, WA

*

RENEW (Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education and Work)

Concord, NH

***

Ripple Effects Whole Spectrum Intervention System

San Francisco, CA

***

Simon Youth Foundation Education Resource Centers

Indianapolis, IN

***

Star Academy Program

Pittsburg, KS

***

Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE)

Raleigh, NC

***

Success Highways

Denver, CO

*

Tawan Perry Unlimited

Raleigh, NC

Source:
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
Clemson University
209 Martin Street
Clemson, SC 29631-1555
864.656.2599
Fax: 864.656.0136
E-mail: ndpc@clemson.edu

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