• Department of Alternative Education

    Providing focused, alternative daytime, extended day, and summer learning opportunities to support student achievement leading to graduation.

    The Department of Alternative Education (DAE) leads SPPS alternative education programs year-round. We offer 25+ different programs, including three high schools, for Grades K-12 students. Our non-traditional programs serve students using innovative methods such as experiential, hands-on and project-based learning. All programs support academic and social-emotional growth. Community partnerships, leading-edge use of technology, and collaboration with other alternative education leaders nationwide ensure SPPS students experience the best school year daytime, after-school and summer opportunities. All programs are FREE, and include snacks/meals, and transportation (per SPPS transportation guidelines and availability of bus drivers).

Our Programs

      School Year Programs

      • Daytime Schools

        • Gateway to College (ages 16-21)
        • Gordon Parks High School (11-12)
        • LEAP High School (grade 9-age 20)

        After School Programs

        • Extended Day for Learning (EDL) (K-12)
        • Extended Day for Learning Plus (EDL+) (K-5)
        • EDL/Flipside (6-8)
        • FIRST Lego League (3-8)
        • FIRST Tech Challenge (6-8)
        • Credit Recovery Network (9-12)
        • Evening High School (12)

        Daytime Middle School Support Class

        • On Track (6-8)

        Community Partner Programs

        • Charter School/Community Center Sites (K-12)

        School Year 2022-23 Grades K-12 After-School Programs

      Summer Learning Programs

        • Summer Session (K-4 and 5-8)
          • Instrumental Music (5-8)
          • Project Scientist (5-8)
        • Language Immersion (K-4)
        • World Culture and Sports (K-4)
        • Power Scholars Academy (K-4)
        • Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School (K-8)
        • 3M STEM Program (3-8)
        • Future Leaders and Sports (5-11)
        • Summer Session 1 and 2 (9-12)
          • EL Language Development
          • Writer's Institute (EL Levels 2 and 3)
          • Experiential Learning Credit Recovery
          • Right Track Credit Recovery
        • Summer Session 3 (12)

        Community Partner Programs

        • Charter School/Community Center Sites (K-12)

        2022 Grades K-12 Summer Learning Programs (SLP) 

        • Registration begins March 17, 2022.
        • Programs start June 27.
        • Click here to learn more.