BPS Alternative Education Programs
Past & Present:
1980 vs. 2006 - 2007
The Alternative High School was established in 1980 designed as one program for 6-8 students. There was one full-time and one part-time staff member and four academic courses offered.
The Alternative High School currently has seven programs with approximately 140 students. There are fifteen full-time and two part-time staff members. Thirty-three academic courses are offered.
BPS Strategies that Work
Key Concepts to Success:
- Low Student to Teacher Ratio
- Counseling vs. Program Counseling
- Structured Setting
- Behavioral Level System
- Consistent Guidance
- High Expectations
- Close Parental Contact and Participation
- The foundation of all programs!
- Meets twice daily
- Student Run
- Robert's Rules
- Implementation of the behavioral level system
- All students and staff discuss academic, social, emotional, and behavioral issues
- Peer Feedback
- Academic credit
Program & Student Scheduling:
- When is mainstreaming appropriate?
- Mainstream classes take precedence over program classes: Promotes responsibility
- School Meeting is a must, at least every other day
Alternative High School's Referral Process:
- Student is referred by a member of his/her support team
- A recommendation form is sent to the Director of Alternative Education
- Student writes and delivers a personal letter entitled, "Why I Need the Alternative High School."
- Student introduces himself/herself to the Director of Alternative Education (Handshake required)
- Student observes one afternoon school meeting
- Student is wait-listed, pending an opening in the program
- Student observes the program for a period of three days
- Student delivers his/her commitment speech
- The program votes to accept or reject the observer
- An acceptance letter is sent to the parents, support team, etc.
- Parent meeting is scheduled