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Title: Alternative Education Programs of McDowell County

Alternative Education Programs ofMcDowell County
  • Serving Grades
  • 7-12

Accelerated Learning Program and Alternate School
  • The design of all Alternative Learning Programs
    of McDowell County is to provide additional
    resources to help students most at-risk and in
    need to improve the probability they can succeed
    in school and later on in our community.
  • The needs of the individual student, whether
    they are behavioral, social, emotional, or
    academic are carefully considered when placing
    them in a particular program to ensure their
    individual needs are adequately addressed making
    success more probable.
  • The basic belief is that not all students learn
    in the same structured way, that each student has
    individual strengths, talents and interests that
    can be built upon.
  • No program is designed as punitive and placement
    is not a punishment. Those students that are
    suspended are allowed to continue their education
    in either the Phoenix Academy or the Alternate
    Learning Program not as punishment, but rather as
    a second chance. For the majority of students,
    the goal is to return to the regular public
    school and maintain success.
  • Based on DPI recommendation
  • Reference G.S. (115C-105.27)

  • North Carolina Department of Instruction
  • A student at risk is a young person who because
    of a wide range of individual, personal,
    financial, familial, social, behavioral or
    academic circumstances, may experience school
    failure or other unwanted outcomes unless
    interventions occur to reduce the risk factors.

At Riskinclude but not limited to
  • Not meeting state/local proficiency standards
  • Grade retention (LEAP Program)
  • Unidentified or inadequately addressed learning
  • Alienation from school life (ALC and LEAP
  • Unchallenging curricula and/or instruction
    (Project Rise)
  • Tardiness and/or poor school attendance
  • Negative peer influence
  • Unmanageable behavior (Alternate Program
    Placement Phoenix)
  • Substance abuse and other health risk behaviors
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Inadequate parental, family and/or school support
    (all programs)
  • Limited English proficiency
  • Perceived strengths of current programs in bold

  • Building Successful Alternative School Programs
  • McDowell High School Accelerated Learning Center
  • Alternative to traditional, large environment
  • At risk status
  • Placement based on student/parent request
  • Interview process
  • Alternate Placement Program
  • Long-term suspended students in grades 9-12
  • Leap Academy
  • Students who have repeatedly failed grades K-8
  • Interview process
  • Phoenix Academy
  • Long-term suspended students in grades 7-8
  • C-STOP
  • Short-term suspended students in grades 10-12
  • ISS location for ALC, Leap, and
    Alternate-suspended students
  • Space permitting
  • Short-term suspended special education students
    grades 7-9

  • The Alternative Education Center of McDowell
    County is located at 176 Lukin Street Marion, NC.
  • The AEC houses the following alternative learning
  • Phoenix Academy
  • Leap Academy
  • Accelerated Learning Center
  • Suspended classroom within the ALC
  • students who are placed based on a 5200 Policy
  • C-STOP (Community Short-term Opportunity Program)
  • Short-term suspended students grades 6-12

Alternative Education Center Current Campus ALC
Students Leap Students Suspended Student Phoenix
Students C-STOP Students
Accelerated Learning Center
  • Serving students 9-12
  • Students and parents request placement
  • Student has at-risk status as defined earlier or
  • Older students who have not completed English 9
  • Transfer students with extended absence between
    enrollment and withdrawal dates
  • Students who have a felony conviction
  • Previous drop-out students
  • Transfer students who have previous alternative
    school placement
  • Interview process
  • Waiting List

Alternate Placement Program Suspended classroom
  • Serving students 9-12
  • Students serving long-term suspension
  • Isolated during non-instruction
  • Integrated during instruction with ALC students
  • 12 students currently placed
  • Most common offenses
  • Pocket knives
  • Prescription drugs
  • Fighting

Leap Academy
  • 7th and 8th grade students that have failed one
    or more grades, but show potential to pass 8th
    grade competencies and complete a 9th grade
  • Attendance or behavior issues are related to
    current age-inappropriate placement
  • High Expectations
  • Academic Behavior
  • Contract between student, parents, and school
  • 20 slots available

Leap Academy
Rita Bolick Tony Davis
  • 1st semester
  • Reading Competency
  • Math Competency
  • Computer Competency
  • World History
  • 2nd semester
  • English 9
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Earth / Environmental Science
  • Health PE

Phoenix Academy
  • From the ashes of discontent grow the roses of
  • Serving 7th 8th grade students
  • Special circumstances
  • 6th grade students
  • 17 current students
  • 11 students Free and/or Reduced Lunch
  • 1 minority student
  • 12 Male students
  • 5 Female students

Curriculum DesignServing students 9-12
  • Standard Required Course of Study for a High
    School Diploma
  • ALC, LEAP Alternate Placement Program
  • College Tech Preparation Course of Study
  • Business Pathway option only
  • Elective courses
  • Physical Education
  • Business pathway courses
  • Leadership
  • Peer Helping
  • North Carolina Standard Course of Study
  • End-of-Course Testing Required
  • McDowell County Board of Education
  • Attendance Policy

Curriculum DesignServing students 7 8
  • Standard Required Course of Study for a Middle
  • as approved by North Carolina Department of
  • North Carolina Standard Course of Study
  • End-of-Grade Testing Required
  • Level III required for promotion to next grade
  • 7th Grade Writing Exam
  • Elective Courses
  • Physical Education / Healthy Living
  • Community Service Requirement
  • McDowell County Board of Education
  • Attendance Policy

All Programs place an emphasis onHigh
  • Student and parent contracts
  • Addressing Behavior and Attendance
  • Parental participation
  • Most recent parent conferences
  • 20 Parents in attendance
  • Integrated Curriculum planned for 2006/07
  • Diversity
  • Tolerance
  • Social Skills
  • Leadership
  • Project S. W. E. A. T
  • Students Working Extra Academic Time
  • After school program to assist students in
    academic success
  • Summative Evaluations
  • EOG EOC Scores

EOC Scores
  • Sample
  • Algebra II (Fall 2006)
  • 2 students enrolled Fall 2005
  • Both students scored Level IV
  • Both students had a converted score above 93
  • One student achieved highest score in the
  • Vocats Testing
  • All students enrolled in Business Pathway passed
    the Vocat Exam
  • Marketing
  • Computer Applications I
  • Small Business

Instructional MethodologyDesigned for Diverse
Models of Teaching
Direct Instruction Inductive Thinking Concept
Attainment Picture-Word Inductive Scientific
Advance Organizers Cooperative Learning Role
Playing Learning Styles Memorization
Experiential Learning
  • Classroom Projects
  • Hands-on activities
  • Science Projects
  • Building roller coasters
  • Off Campus Learning Experiences
  • Global Passport Program
  • Team work / Ropes Course
  • YMCA Sponsored
  • Tour of local adult and juvenile prison

  • Student population 7th 8th
  • 17 Total Students
  • 12 Males
  • 5 Females
  • 1 minority student
  • Exceptional Children
  • 4
  • Free and/or Reduced Lunch
  • Student population 9-12
  • 85 Total Students
  • 56 Males
  • 29 Females
  • 71 White
  • 4 Black
  • 1 Hispanic
  • Exceptional Children
  • 17
  • 504
  • 2
  • Free and/or Reduced Lunch
  • Qualify as homeless
  • 11

Student Population Spring 2006Free and Reduced
Student Population Spring 2006Qualifying as
Exceptional Children
  • Computer Lab on campus
  • 5 Lap Top computers with wireless internet
  • Research
  • Course based work in Computer Applications I, II
    and NovaNet courses
  • Utilized in Extended Day Classes
  • Palm Pilots
  • Utilized in class
  • School based wedsite
  • Work in progress

Palm Pilots
Service to CommunityPhoenix Academy
Community Short Term Opportunities Program
Serving Grades 9-12 ALC Alternate Placement
Program Students Special Education students
grades 7 8, space permitting
  • Maximum student population 15
  • An alternative to short-term out of school

Collaboration Support Programs for at risk
Dropout Prevention Director Grant Writing
Homeless Youth Program
Truancy Officer

Adolescent Parenting Program
Tobacco Prevention
Adjudicated Students Coordinator
Employment Security Commission
Local Business
Juvenile Justice Court Officers
Holly Hills
Local Law Enforcement SRO
Agape House
Additional Resources / Programs of McDowell County
Blue Ridge Mission
County Health Dept.
Battered Womens Shelter
McDowell High School
ARP Phoenix Mental Health
East West McDowell Jr. High.
Community Based Alternatives - Volunteers for