K-12 Alternative Education

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    We use a nationally recognized model to provide a variety of educational programs that help students earn their high school diploma. Each school year hundreds of students from our own and other districts are enrolled in one of five diploma-granting programs. Many more earn the credits they need to graduate on time by participating in:


    • Evening High School
    • Extended Day Programs
    • Summer Learning Programs (formerly "S-Term")

    Elementary Students: Extended Day for Learning (EDL)

    • After-school program that gives students in grades K-5 additional instruction in math and reading
    • EDL participants in grades 4-5 can study instrumental music

    Middle School Students: Flipside

    • After-school program designed specifically for middle school students
    • Emphasizes reading and math skills in an age-appropriate environment
    • Offers activities -- such as adventure learning directed by Wilderness Inquiry staff -- that engage students in using what they learn while they prepare for the important transition to high school

    Freedom Schools Express: FSX (K-8)

    • An after-school leadership development program for students in grades K-8. Based on the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools summer program
    • Focuses on the contributions of people of color and Native Americans
    • Lessons provide a cultural perspective through social studies, history, art and much more.

    High School Students:  Options for earning high school credit

    • Students at Gordon Parks High School benefit from flexible programming, job internships and academic support
    • LEAP High School serves U.S. newcomers who learn English while earning a high school diploma
    • These and other daytime programs are supplemented by Evening High School, offered at two locations, and summer programs (see Summer Learning Programs below)

     Summer Learning Programs: The Perfect antidote to summer boredom

    • Offered in two sessions, vary based on grade level and skill level
      • Students can strengthen basic skills (grades K-7)
      • Get an early start on high school (grade 8)
      • Recover credits needed to graduate (grades 9-12)
    • Students in grades K-8 can attend either a four or six-week program  

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