Grants for Alternative High Schools

Our traditional high schools are often large and although there may be the ideal student to teacher ratio, many students just go through the motions of studying without really making a connection with their teachers and the lessons they are studying. Most of them will graduate from high school and some will go to college to pursue higher studies. But unfortunately, there will inevitably be some who would dropout due to reasons that could have been resolved if addressed in a timely manner. These are the at-risk students – high school kids who are finding it hard to cope with school work and thus are unable to fulfill the requirements in order to be promoted to the next level due to different factors such as poor socio-economic status, alcohol and drug dependency, pregnancy, homelessness and other related problems. It is for these adolescents that the idea of alternative education and thus alternative high schools was born. Many public school districts in the country are now realizing the need to have this kind of alternative education program and thus are seeking grants for alternative high schools in order to address the needs of these at-risk students.

Oklahoma Alternative Education Academy Grant

The state of Oklahoma has instituted this alternative education program for the benefit of school districts with a high number of school dropouts and an equally high number of referrals to the state’s juvenile justice system. More information about pertinent legal provisions of this grant are available here:

Oklahoma Technical Assistance Center
123 E. Broadway, Cushing OK 74023
Telephone: (918) 225 1882; 1 800 687 5730
Fax: (918) 225 4711
Website: http://csdcotac.org/legis.htm

California Partnership Academies (CPA)

Is a program under the California Department of Education. It is designed for grades ten to twelve as a school-within-a-school structure. It incorporates career technical and academic education, mentoring, business partnerships and internships. The state has instituted this alternative education program as a high school reform movement which focuses on smaller learning setting. It employs a team of teachers committed to the ideals of alternative education coupled with a career-theme vision.

Just as traditional high schools are not for everyone, alternative high schools are not for everyone either. They are for students who really can’t cope with other students for reasons of being at-risk as stated above. They are also for those who choose not to compete with other high-achieving, self-motivated students who thrive in a traditional educational environment. Alternative high schools are for those who require a little more assistance and further instructions to complete their educational goals.

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