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Alternative Schools and Programs - January 2013 Revision



The following criteria must be established in writing and approved by the Superintendent for designation as an alternative school or program.

  1. The school or program must offer a defined program of instruction that is different from that available through the general schools, day or evening. The instructional differences may be situational, curricular, assessment, or other as approved in the description establishing the school or program. The instructional program must meet state and district statutes and regulations unless waivers of specific requirements have been granted.
  2. The criteria and formal procedures for student/family eligibility for entry or acceptance into the program must be defined. Every alternative school and program must offer equal access to all students and/or families meeting the entry or acceptance criteria.
  3. The criteria and formal procedures for a student/family to be removed from the program must be defined.
  4. Each school or program must participate in the program review process unless considered to be a pilot program. Alternative schools and programs designated as pilots must have at least a yearly evaluation designed for that status.


Written documentation described in the section above must be available at the school or program site and in the office of the assistant superintendent with monitoring responsibilities.

Cross Ref.:

NSBA/NEPN Classification: IMBA

Revised: May 1995
Revised: April 1996
Revised: May 1997