There’s no doubt about it: A good education is paramount to success later in life. However, parents may need to consider other options if their child seems to be struggling in their current learning environment. Alternative high school programs, which often offer a free high school diploma from the local school district, could be just what your son or daughter needs to succeed.
Alternative high schools in the U.S. date back to the 1970s and serve students with discipline issues and students who are struggling academically. According to the National Education Association, graduation rates nationwide have risen in recent years as larger numbers of at-risk youth are served by alternative high schooling options across the country. By taking the alternative schools route, students’ varied needs will be placed first and foremost while being boosted by an individualized approach to prevent them from dropping out.
Here are a few quick facts about alternative high schools:
- Those students who enroll in these schools do so for various reasons, from teenage pregnancy to difficulties learning in a traditional environment. Class size and grading scales are also often adjusted to fit the needs of certain sets of students.
- Some teachers who have spent time in alternative high schools have said their role was more than that of an educator – they became an all-around support system for those in the classroom.
- The schools themselves can be public, private or charter institutions and funding can similarly be private, allocated at the local level or bolstered by federal monies.
- According to the National Dropout Prevention Center Network, some of the benefits of alternative schools include improving attendance records and cutting down on reports of behavioral problems.
For parents or guardians who need to consider all enrollment options ahead of the upcoming fall semester, this spring is the right time to get familiar with the alternative schooling options in your area. We encourage you to continue exploring our website and check back for the latest information on continuing your child’s education.