About our secondary alternative schools & programs
At the middle and high school levels, alternative programs offer a variety of choices from a science focus, to International Baccalaureate, to programs for at-risk teens and many other choices in between.
Please contact your school if you have questions about the curriculum or your child’s progress. There are many opportunities for parent involvement.
Types of secondary alternative schools
These programs are for students who have fallen behind in credit and are more likely than others to drop out of high school and not attain a high school diploma.
The International Baccalaureate is a rigorous, international K-12 curriculum with a focus on academic rigor, an international perspective and the interrelationship of all knowledge. The IB program develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
Through ASD iSchool’s online classes, students have access to courses that may not be available at their school, allow students to overcome scheduling challenges and meet student needs. Online courses may be taken as original course attempt or for academic advancement.
Flexible Optional programs recognize individual strengths, needs, and interests, and support social and emotional growth through rigorous academics and self directed learning. Students may experience multi-age classrooms, peer-teaching, assessments based on goal-setting, self-evaluations and portfolios in addition to tests, and assignments.
School-Within-a-School emphasizes student responsibility and productivity. Students are expected to develop self-reliance, to cultivate intellectual curiosity and to seek academic challenge. Students earn credit in a number of ways, including traditional class work, independent studies and small group research.
The Seminar School uses Socratic seminar method, a strong sense of community and a learning environment that emphasizes independence, trust, personal responsibility and an open mind. The TSS curriculum is built on the consideration of classic texts that span the history and breadth of human experience.
This school community focuses on science integration in all curricular areas, with high academic standards for all children. Central is data-driven and has a dedicated staff working to ensure that students are instructed and challenged at their individual ability levels.
World Discovery Seminar
The World Discovery Seminar Program is an alternative, smaller learning community. Rather than relying on textbooks, the program employs the Paideia methodology, a Socratic-based learning/technique focusing on in depth understanding of classic historical and literary materials. Emphasis is placed on deeper understandings rather than a general content.