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Alternative Education Courses

The Alternative Education Department integrates academic instruction with skill building in such areas as communication, healthy relationships, stress, self-esteem, organization and personal responsibility. Alternative education responds to students who need additional support to improve their school performance and personal lives.

Recognizing the uniqueness of each student, our staff works with students, teachers and family to resolve issues that interfere with the student’s success at school.


Student Service Center
Fall Course 01020
0.5 credit
Spring Course 01030
Prerequisite: Desire for personal growth. The Student Service Center course is appropriate for students who want support and instruction to address issues interfering with academic and personal potential. The goal of this course is the development of skills in self-understanding, communication, problem solving, conflict resolution and self-esteem. Utilizing an affective curriculum based on the Quest Model; students discuss in an open but structured format, various concerns and issues relating to adolescent development, home and school. The process of group interaction is used to evaluate patterns of behavior and then individualized student plans of action are designed to promote positive changes. Special topics include critical thinking, relationships, family issues, substance abuse, friendship and personal adjustment. Students enrolled in this class are expected to provide, on the request of the teacher, up-to-date reports on their progress in other classes. Students may elect this course after attending an informational meeting outlining the goals of the class. Enrollment is limited.

Student Service Center - Aftercare
0.5 credit
Fall Course 01040
Spring Course 01050
Student Service Center Aftercare helps students who are recovering from the disease of chemical dependency. The Aftercare support group offers recovering students support and allows them to deal with those issues that directly influence their successful recovery at home, in school and in the community. All areas of a student’s personal growth are examined--mental, emotional, academic and behavioral. These issues along with those listed in the preceding are addressed. During this class, however, the primary problem of chemical dependency is dealt with in relation to the student’s life.

Journey Program
Course 01037
1.0 credit
Prerequisite: Teacher approval is required.
The Journey Program is a voluntary program of academic and affective support for ninth grade students who have previously failed to perform at their ability level and who wish to improve their performance. The program is designed to help such students realize their full potential by assisting them in identifying and addressing personal issues that have interfered with their performance and by offering activities designed for non-traditional learners. Students may be referred by school staff, parents, or may express their interest directly. Once referred, students and their parents meet with their counselor or Journey staff to discuss the program, identify specific needs, and to sign contracts. Students enrolled in the Journey Program will participate in a one-year support group, which meets for one hour each day. This class teaches students interpersonal skills needed to be successful in school as well as in their personal relationships.

Student Service Center - Female Topics
0.5 credit
Fall Course 01060
Spring Course 01070
The same course format of the Student Service Center class is followed in this course with special emphasis on Female Topics. Special topics include assertive communication, healthy relationships, critical thinking, conflict resolution, self-awareness and personal planning. Enrollment is limited.

Study Skills and Notetaking
Course 03190
0.5 credit
Grades 9-12.
Become an active and responsible learner in high school and beyond. The student will learn and apply techniques which include skill assessment and goal setting, developing positive attitudes, learning style identification, time management, active listening and reading, test taking and memory devices. Various notetaking methods will be applied to textbook and lecture notetaking. Performance assessment and improvement plans for all other classes are ongoing processes during this course.

Mentoring and Mediating
Course 01010
1.0 credit
Grade 12.
Prerequisite: Students should be recommended by staff for this course.
Interested students must be interviewed by Alternative Education staff to enter. Application and teacher approval is required. The Mentoring and Mediating class is for seniors who have maintained an average to above average academic standing in all classes; above average attendance; and display positive behavior and decision making skills. Students learn/relearn assertive communication skills, conflict resolution techniques, and dialogue facilitation skills, in addition to mentoring and tutoring skills. Students have many opportunities to apply these skills in various settings on campus, including working with P-CEP students who have been referred for support and facilitating peer mediations. Students also have opportunities to work with middle school students. Field trips, projects, and experiential opportunities are offered in this activity oriented class. Community service is a vital component of this class.