Alternative Education Programs
Breaking Barriers – A Regional Alternative Education Program
Henry and Patrick Counties; Martinsville City
- Focus: The program focuses on the total student and addresses such issues as family problems, lack of motivation, peer pressures, academic, and legal troubles. It is designed to provide strong emphasis on behavior modification, teamwork, enhanced decision-making abilities, and work and study habits. Comprehensive counseling, job training, parent and community involvement are key elements of the program. Up to 29 high-risk youths, grades 6-12, can be accommodated.
- Contact: Wendy Durham, Director of K-12 Instruction
Henry County Public Schools
P. O. Box 8958
Collinsville, Virginia 24078
Fax : 276-638-2925
Carroll-Galax Regional Alternative Education Program (The RAE Center)
Carroll County and Galax City
- Focus: Two school systems, Carroll County Public Schools and Galax City Public Schools, have joined in a partnership to establish an off-campus regional alternative education program for 45-55 students in grades 7-12. Innovative features include an integrated hands-on academic curriculum, cooperative learning, applied computer technology, mentoring, and career and self-esteem counseling. The Jobs for Virginia Graduates academic courses in job readiness skills are available to all eligible RAE Center and ISAEP-GED students as a fully accredited elective class. Family preservation day treatment services are also available to eligible students.
- Contact: Shane Woods, Supervisor of Student Services
Carroll County Public Schools
605-9 Pine Street
Hillsville, Virginia 24343
Crossroads Alternative Education Program
Bristol City and Washington County
- Focus: The program, located at two sites, will serve up to 24 high-risk students in grades 7-12. Academic instruction, individual and group counseling, and a transition component are key elements. The program will help students become more self-directed learners, abstract thinkers, collaborative workers, and contributors to the community. The students will be provided instruction in technology.
- Contact: Gary Ritchie, Assistant Superintendent
Bristol City Public Schools
222 Oak Street
Bristol, Virginia 24201
Newport News, Hampton Cities, and Poquoson Cities; York and Williamsburg/James City Counties
- Focus: The school offers a rigorous academic and intensive behavior modification program in a business setting for 212 long-term suspended and expelled students in grades 3-12. The program is based on a project-oriented curriculum with computer use as an integral part of the instructional program. Students work in study teams to facilitate inquiry-based academic work. Conduct rules require students to conform to a strict dress code. A key change to the program for the next year is the addition of GED (General Education Development) preparation courses for over-aged students who have accrued too few credits to graduate. Students participating in GED preparation versus a credit-based curriculum will meet ISAEP requirements prior to sitting for the official GED exam. A second change is that assignment periods will be issued in days rather than marking periods as a means to address attendance issues. Students will be assigned for 45 days versus a particular nine week grading period. Students will be required to attend the academy for the full 45 days, and missing days will extend the period of the placement.
- Contact: Dr. Susan Tilley, Executive Director of School Leadership
Newport News City Public Schools
12465 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, Virginia 23606
Genesis Alternative School
Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Waynesboro Cities; Augusta County
- Focus: The project offers a regional off-site alternative program for up to 92 targeted students in grades 6-12. The program uses a non-confrontational, consequence-based decision making model to help students develop attitudes and work habits required for academic and work success, to improve achievement and attendance, to reduce the incidence of school board policy violations, and to empower the students with skills to manage conflict in acceptable ways. Parent involvement is strongly encouraged. The program provides counseling services that seek to assist students in coping with their home and school issues. While students are encouraged to seek a return to their home school, the program also offers sufficient curriculum options so that requirements for graduation can be met while they are placed in the program. Students who qualify for graduation may participate in their home school's senior class and graduation exercise. All official records bear the name of the home school.
- Contact: Dr. JeLisa Wolfe, Executive Director of Student Services
Staunton City Public Schools
W. Beverley Street
Staunton, VA 24401-4203
Metro-Richmond Alternative Education Program
Richmond City; Hanover and Henrico Counties
- Focus: The participating school divisions have established a regional alternative education program serving 41 students in grades 6-12. The facility is located at Dooley School at St. Joseph's Villa, a local private educational agency in Richmond. The goals of the program are to improve deficient academic skills, help students with positive decision-making and social skills, improve educational progress, and positively engage the students with the community. The academic program for the Dooley Center for Alternative Education has been designed with the intent of providing a comprehensive academic curriculum aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning to middle and high school students. Additionally, a social development curriculum empowers students to effectively manage their personal behaviors and interactions with peers, parents, guardians, and others. Academic and behavior management programs are managed by credentialed educators that contribute to a learning environment that prioritizes safety, security, order, and structure. A behavioral management system rewards desired behaviors while reasonable and relevant consequences are imposed to discourage actions that are inconsistent with school standards. The principal communicates regularly with stakeholder groups about the program’s progress towards meeting stated goals and objectives.
- Contact: Diana Morris, Principal
Metro Academy-Dooley School
St. Joseph's Villa
8000 Brook Rd.
Richmond, Virginia 23227
Middle Peninsula Regional Alternative School Program
King William, Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, Essex, and King and Queen Counties; Town of West Point
- Focus: The program serves over 200 expelled or long-term suspended students with chronic behavior problems in grades 6-12. An after school program, operating four days per week, has been established at two sites. Program components include small-group instruction with individualized assistance. Strong emphasis is placed on reading, writing, and behavior modification. An extensive partnership between the school divisions, local businesses, and community-based organizations has been established.
- Contact: Diana Cappellanti, Director of Alternative Education
King William County Schools
80 Cavalier Drive
King William, Virginia 23086
Phone: 804-769-3434, ext. 615
New Dominion Alternative School
Prince William County; Manassas, and Manassas Park Cities
- Focus: New Dominion Alternative Center is an educational program that serves between 150 to 200 students throughout the school year from Prince William County Schools, Manassas City Public Schools, and Manassas Park City Public Schools. The students range from the fifth grade through the eighth grade. New Dominion provides innovative instruction that fits the student’s individual needs in all four core subject areas (language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies). Students who earn additional classes through their behavior may also participate in a social skills class and physical education. Students receive instruction based on the Prince William County curriculum and the Virginia Standards of Learning objectives. Teachers provide a well-balanced blended learning approach for all students and an online learning approach to select students who may work more successfully at their own pace. An Alternative Education Plan (AEP) is developed for students who struggle with their academic and/or behaviors, with emphasis on developing the student academically and socially. Once improvements are shown, the school, student, and parents will discuss the possibility of transitioning to the student’s base school. In addition to addressing the academic needs of students, the program focuses on self-esteem and social skills development. Students receive on-going counseling and support services. Student recognition and partnerships with the parents and the community are integral parts to the program.
- Contact: Michael Lint, Principal
New Dominion Alternative Center
Prince William County Schools
8220 Conner Drive
Manassas, Virginia 20111
Fax : 703-361-2864
Northern Neck Regional Alternative Education Program
Westmoreland, Northumberland, and Richmond Counties, Town of Colonial Beach
- Focus: The program is designed for 36 students in grades 6-12 and establishes options for students who no longer have access to school. An accelerated, individualized instructional program, offering a small pupil teacher ratio, is a key element of the program that is housed at the Northern Neck Regional Vocational Center. Goals include preparing students to return to the traditional school setting, promoting the development of self-esteem, personal and community responsibility, and family involvement.
- Contact: Bernard S. Davis III "Trey", Principal
Northern Neck Regional Alternative Center
13946 Historyland Highway
Warsaw, Virginia 22572
Petersburg Regional Alternative Education Program
Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Hopewell Cities; Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Sussex Counties
- Focus: The school systems have contracted with a private-sector company, Specialized Youth Services of Virginia, Inc., to establish a regional alternative education program which accentuates opportunities for academic success and improvement of social skills. A "whole person" approach, addressing behavioral, cognitive, emotional, physical, familial, and social skills, is used to meet the development of each student. Employment readiness instruction is integrated into the program, and job placement assistance is available for students of appropriate age. The program can accommodate 28 students, grades 6-12.
- Contact: Deborah Morgan, Director of Education
Specialized Youth Services of Virginia, Inc.
455 Old Wagner Road
Petersburg, Virginia 23805
Piedmont Alternative School
Nottoway, Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg and Prince Edward Counties
- Focus: The program, located at the Southside Skills Center in Nottoway, provides an alternative setting for up to 77 students, ages 15 or older. Main objectives of the program are to increase opportunities for each student for academic success through educational interventions and teaching methods; assess students vocationally and match them with a vocation area; empower the student through consistent behavior management; provide conflict resolution strategies; and create opportunities for team building.
- Contact: Mary Tisdale, Director
Amelia-Nottoway Technical Center
148 Vo-Tech Rd.
Jetersville, Virginia 23083
Pittsylvania County/Danville City Regional Alternative School
Pittsylvania County and Danville City
- Focus: The school is designed to assure that students receive an opportunity to change behavior and return to the "real school world." The program provides a setting that has high expectations for both academic and behavioral success. These expectations are communicated to teachers, parents, and students. The school follows the 180 day year calendar and offers individual instruction as needed for students in all core courses including those students placed with an individual education plan. The faculty and staff have created a schoolwide discipline plan to help students focus on positive behaviors. A school dress code adds a dimension of commitment to the program. An incentive program has been designed to reward students for good behavior and to assure academic success. All students are expected to pass the Virginia Standards of Learning and to complete course work and return to their school in both good academic standing and with a new approach to positive conduct in a regular school environment. Parents are expected to be involved in the education of their children, provide transportation on a daily basis, and attend conferences to discuss and plan their child's academic future.
- Contact: Deborah Powell, Principal
Pittsylvania County Public Schools
956 Woodlawn Academy Road
Chatham, Virginia 24531
Russell and Tazewell Counties
- Focus: The program serves approximately 300 students in grades 4-12 who chronically disrupt regular classes, considered at-risk of becoming a dropout, intentionally injure another student, are truant, have returned from a correctional facility, need credit recovery, or have drug, weapon, or alcohol charges. The program provides alternative teaching and learning methods including the use of online curriculum to meet the needs of students so they can transition back into the regular school or earn a diploma and transition into the world of work. While at school some students receive counseling services from a private counseling group on a daily basis. A research-based program is used to build teamwork, improve focus and concentration, build self-esteem and leadership skills. Career and character building programs are also offered to the students on a weekly basis. School facilities are used except in instances where it is necessary to separate students and instruct them at home. Students may elect to take classes at the county’s career and technology center. The day program, after-school program, and recovery program are used in creating alternative methods to ensure success.
- Contact: Steve Banner, Regional Administrator of Alternative Programs
Russell County Public Schools
P. O. Box 8
Lebanon, Virginia 24266
Northampton and Accomack Counties
- Focus: Located at two sites (Northampton and Accomack), the program in Northampton can accommodate up to 20 students in grades 6-12; while the program in Accomack County can accommodate up to 15 students in grades 9-12. The instructional targets for both programs focus on skills associated with goal setting, parental involvement, decision-making, counseling, and instructional progress. Collaboration with community agencies to assist in appropriately addressing the varied needs of the students served is a significant component of both programs. Additional supports may include academic and behavioral support and assistance with medication management as warranted. The ultimate goals for students served in the programs are to transition them back to their home school and/or transition them for successful entry into the world of work after achieving their diploma which may include successful completion of a GED.
- Contact: Melinda Phillips, Director of Administrative Services
Northampton County Public Schools
7207 Young Street
Machipongo, Virginia 23405
Phone: 757-678-5151 Ext. 2010
Fluvanna, Alleghany Highlands, Bath, Botetourt, Buchanan, Charles City, Clarke, Craig, Culpeper, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Greene, Halifax, Highland, Lancaster, Madison, Orange, Shenandoah, and Smyth Counties; Radford City
- Focus: Project RETURN was formed to assist school divisions in addressing the educational, social, and emotional needs of students who require an alternative educational program. Selected students from each locality receive instruction through the Project RETURN model. The model allows the locality to provide instruction at home or within the local alternative education center using the best in available software and online curriculum. The mentor teacher, in collaboration with the sending home school staff, develop an individualized academic program based on the student's ability level and the appropriate Virginia Standards of Learning. The ultimate goal is the student's successful transition into the regular academic setting. The program can involve up to 75 students in grades K-12.
- Contact: Brenda Gilliam, Director of Secondary Education
Fluvanna County Public Schools
14455 James Madison Highway
Palmyra, Virginia 22963
Powhatan, Goochland, and Louisa Counties
- Focus: Existing alternative programs in the three school divisions have been expanded to work with expelled and suspended students or those in the stages before referral for long-term suspension or expulsion. These programs serve a potential of 55 high-risk students in grades K-12. Each program offers a different instructional approach. One program targets study skills, character education, employment skills, and also offers after school tutoring. The second offers an after-school program, and the third program provides home instruction or Saturday school. The outcome for all three programs is for students to progress satisfactory and be able to re-enter the regular school program, or obtain a General Educational Development (GED), or certificate of completion from the alternative education program.
- Contact: Randy Watts, Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Powhatan County Schools
2320 Skaggs Road
Powhatan, Virginia 23139.
Scott and Lee Counties
- Focus: Located at two sites, the program accommodates up to 53 students in an after-school program in Lee County and 30 students in the day program in Scott County. Serving high-risk pupils in grades 7-12, students are offered a combination of academic activities and vocational training. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed for each student upon entrance into the program. Computer-assisted instruction augments both the academic and vocational components of the program. The program involves parents and community agencies.
- Contact: Jason Smith, Supervisor of Personnel and Middle Schools
Scott County Public Schools
340 E. Jackson St.
Gate City, Virginia 24251
Regional Alternative Education Program
Stafford, Caroline, King George, and Spotsylvania Counties; Fredericksburg City
- Focus: The school divisions within Planning District 16 have created a regional program at an off-school site so that students who have been long term suspended or expelled from school can be offered educational services and will not be at-large and unsupervised during the school day. A counseling component is an important part of the program that also includes community outreach and involvement. A vast majority of students take core academic courses to meet Standards of Learning (SOL) and graduation requirements. In addition an Individual Student Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP) and General Educational Development (GED) component are available for students aged 16 and 17 who meet appropriate entrance requirements. The program can serve approximately 150 students in grades 9-12 during the course of the school year. A family intake meeting is required, and students and parents are required to sign an agreement stating that they will abide by the rules and guidelines of the program.
- Contact: Rita Cavataio, Project Director
Stafford County Public Schools
31 Stafford Ave.
Stafford, Virginia 22554
Regional Alternative Education Program
Lynchburg City; Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Nelson Counties
- Focus: The program will provide an alternative educational setting for up to 67 students in grades 6-12 at the Fort Hill Community School at 1350 Liggates Road in Lynchburg. Utilizing intervention strategies to help students improve their academic performance, as well as their behavioral challenges, the Regional Alternative Education Program promotes collaboration between families, schools, public agencies, and the juvenile judicial system in an effort to foster students’ success. The instructional staff uses individualized and small group instruction, as well as blended or hybrid instruction utilizing technology, to meet the academic needs of a diverse population of students.
- Contact: Marianne Turner, Director of Student Services
Lynchburg City Public Schools
915 Court Street
P. O. Box 2497
Lynchburg, Virginia 24505-2497
Regional Program for Behaviorally Disturbed Youth
Montgomery and Pulaski Counties
- Focus: The Montgomery/Pulaski regional alternative education program provides a comprehensive alternative education program for at-risk middle and high school youths in Montgomery and Pulaski counties. Independence Secondary School and the Phoenix Program at Independence are located in Christiansburg. The Phoenix program provides an alternative to out-of-school suspension for all county middle and high school students referred by their school administrator. It provides an alternative for students awaiting school board discipline hearings and an alternative placement for student on long-term suspension referred by the school board.
Independence Secondary provides a therapeutic education program for at risk students in grades 8-12. In addition to small group and individual instruction, the program offers 1) school-based counseling services including case management and intensive day treatment through the New River Valley Community Services, and 2) an outdoor adventure based personal challenge program and community service opportunities with the goal of increasing self-esteem and citizenship. Pulaski’s alternative, non-traditional education program is located in the Cougar Center on the high school campus. The center houses several different programs including the Endeavor Program, ISAEP and Credit Recovery.
- Contact: Larry Lowe, Coordinator of
Independence Secondary School
Montgomery County Public Schools
208 College Street
Christiansburg, VA 24073
Roanoke/Salem Regional Alternative Education Program
Roanoke and Salem Cities, Roanoke County
- Focus: The project focuses on the total student and includes the following components: curriculum content, teaching techniques, computer integration, counseling programs, parental participation, staff development, and evaluation. A major goal of the program is that students will not commit new acts of misconduct during or following exit from the program. Students who are academically delayed have the opportunity to participate in an accelerated academic program. Achievement in academics and behavior are required for students to return to their home schools. A community service component permits students to improve social development. High-risk youths in grades 7-12 and the General Education Development (GED) program can be placed in the program.
- Contact: Hayley Poland , Director of School Counseling Programs
Roanoke City Public Schools
40 Douglas Avenue, NW
Roanoke, Virginia 24012
Southeastern Cooperative Education Program
Norfolk, Chesapeake, Franklin, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach Cities; Isle of Wight and Southampton Counties
- Focus: The Tidewater Regional Alternative Educational Program is an academic program for students in grades 6-12. A core curriculum of English, social studies, math and science are linked to the Standards of Learning (SOL’s) as established by the Virginia Department of Education. Credit-bearing classes, GED instruction and literacy remediation provide a continuum of educational options to the student. Elective courses are available as part of a state approved computer-based curriculum. Students receive daily social skills training. This training is provided in a group setting and utilizes the Skillstreaming Curriculum. Students are required to model, practice, and role-play a range of pro-social skill behaviors that will help them to successfully reintegrate to the regular school setting or community.
- Contact: Dr. Donald Fairheart, Executive Director
Southeastern Cooperative Educational Program
6160 Kempsville Circle, 300B
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Brunswick, Greensville, and Mecklenburg Counties
- Focus: The day program has the potential to serve 60 expelled students in grades 8-12. Teachers provide a non-traditional academic program offering English, mathematics, social studies, and vocational education. Technology is integrated into the curriculum. Individual and group counseling services are available on a regular basis. There are noncurricular courses to assist students with becoming better citizens and an option for students to work within the community through community services plans or for students to complete academic plans, following their diploma track plans, at an alternative site from their base school while working within the community.
- Contact: Dr. Jerry Congleton, Assistant Superintendent
Brunswick County Public Schools
1718 Farmers Field Road
Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868
The Regional Continuum of Alternative Education Services
Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties
- Focus: Fauquier and Rappahannock school systems are regional partners in their alternative education programs. There are four alternative learning programs at the Fauquier Southeastern Alternative School. Two of the four programs include students who are long-term suspended or expelled and are recommended by the superintendent and/or school board. The first, Middle School Alternative Learning Day Program, includes seventh and eighth grade students with discipline problems. They are placed in classes with low student to teacher ratios. A hands-on, interactive instructional approach is used. The second program, Afternoon REFOCUS Discipline Program, serves students that have been placed on long-term suspension (under 365 days) or expulsion (365 days or more). This program is held after school hours in the same building as the day program. Students work towards completion of class credits through an accredited online learning curriculum. Located in Rappahannock County, a third alternative program is designed to meet the needs of students on long-term suspension or expulsion. The program is a school within a school model where students work on an online curriculum to continue credit accumulation.
- Contact: Dr. Michelle Neibauer, Principal
Southeastern Alternative School
Fauquier County Public Schools
4484 Catlett Road
Midland, Virginia 22728
The Regional Learning Academy
Wise and Dickenson Counties; Norton City
- Focus: Three schools systems participate in the Regional Learning Academy (RLA) in Wise County. The RLA offers an off-campus educational program to violent and disruptive youth in grades 7-12. Most students are scheduled to attend the RLA program for one semester or one year, depending on the severity of the behavior. The program can accommodate up to 59 students during the school year. The RLA maintains a low teacher-pupil ratio for individualized instruction for a regular diploma or GED option for the students. Training skills and character education are integrated into the program, and a career and technical education component is available to qualified students. The RLA utilizes in-school school counselors as well as outside counselors and mentors to address students’ behavior and social needs. After a successful predetermined placement time in the RLA program, a student may return to his or her home school or another educational county program if the student has achieved a successful evaluation on his or her academic and behavior progress.
- Contact: Dr. Fay Garrison, Principal
Regional Learning Academy
Wise County Public Schools
P. O. Box 660
Wise, Virginia 24293
Transition Support Resource Center
Fairfax County and Alexandria City Schools
- Focus: Transition Support Resource Centers (TSRC) serve as a short-term (approximately one semester to one school year) program designed to provide individualized instruction. Content, taught by four teachers, is implemented using a blended model, including independent study model, small group instruction, and online learning. The TSRC focus is to improve student’s academic performance and to help them with successful re-entry into his or her next educational placement. Special education accommodations and supports are available. Parents and school staff members from Fairfax County or Alexandria City may recommend a student for TSRC to help gain previously failed credit, to transition back to school after a prolonged absence or to intervene in a pattern of poor academic and behavioral performance. Students may also be placed at TSRC by the Hearings Office following a recommendation for expulsion. This year-round program is located at Bryant Alternative High School in Alexandria. Staff and community resources are used to meet the needs of the students while at the program and to facilitate transition to the next school site by a Lead Coordinator. A maximum of 44 students can be served at any one time.
- Contact: Shannon Matheny, Administrator
Interagency Alternative Schools
Gatehouse Administrative Center
3877 Fairfax Ridge Rd., Suite 1600
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Buena Vista and Lexington Cities; Rockbridge County
- Focus: The regional alternative school accommodates students in grades 9-12. The program is a computer-based program combined with direct teaching by a highly-qualified teacher. Each student is provided with an educational plan with emphasis on academic, behavior, and attendance requirements.
- Contact: Anna Graham, Director of Instruction
Buena Vista City Public Schools
100 Bradford Avenue
Buena Vista, Virginia 24416
Wythe/Bland Alternative Education Program
Wythe and Bland Counties
- Focus: An off campus alternative education program has been established in a non-traditional school setting, characterized by a low teacher-pupil ratio, diploma alternatives, and a high expectation academic program. The program can accommodate 25 students in grades 6 through 12.
- Contact: Dr. Rebecca James, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Wythe County Public Schools
1570 W. Reservoir Street
Wytheville, Virginia 24382
Updated September 2014