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ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION

An alternative school placement is any placement that offers an “alternative” from a traditional school setting. Some students have difficulty functioning in the traditional school setting and they may demonstrate behaviors that put them at risk. Alternative placements can offer smaller class setting that are more accommodating to support unique student needs. For some students an alternative school placement may be the best option.

AIU8 works in partnership with two local agencies (Appalachian Youth Services and Extended Family Programs) to provide education for students ages 5-21 in day and residential treatment facilities. These programs provide a highly structured, comprehensive, safe and supportive environment for the students they service. By placing students in an environment that is very structured and provides behavioral supports, they are given the opportunity to develop coping skills, along with appropriate social/emotional and behavioral skills.


Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY)

“AEDY Program” refers to an individual program site approved by PDE to provide a temporary placement for students who meet the definition of a “disruptive student” under 24 P.S. § 19-1901-C (5). AEDY Programs include approved programs operated by LEAs, a combination of LEAs, or private providers.

Act 30 of 1997, as amended, defines requirements for establishing and referring students who are disruptive to an alternative education program.

Students served in Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth Programs must be enrolled in middle school, junior high school, senior high school or a vocational-technical school. Students are admitted only when other established methods of discipline have failed and they have exhibited to a marked degree any or all of the following conditions:

  • Disregard for school authority, including persistent violation of school policy and rules;
  • Display of or use of controlled substances on school property or during school affiliated activities;
  • Violent or threatening behavior on school property or during school-related activities;
  • Possession of a weapon on school property;
  • Commission of a criminal act on school property;
  • Misconduct that would merit suspension or expulsion under school policy; and
  • Habitual truancy

Minimum Requirements for AEDY Programs

  • Develop the program in consultation with the faculty and administrative staff of the school, parents, and members of the community;
  • Permit students to make normal academic progress and achievement requirements for graduation ad defined by either the home or host district;
  • Operate five days per week;
  • Offer either 20 hours of instruction per week or offer a minimum of 15 hours of instruction per week covering at least four of the following curricular areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health or Life Skills and show that normal academic progress may be achieved in fewer than 20 hours of weekly instruction;
  • Provide a counseling component to help modify the disruptive behavior and enable the student to return to the regular classroom;
  • Provide a periodic review of each student's achievement in the program for return to the regular classroom at least at the end of every semester; and
  • Ensure that the school personnel assigned to the alternative education program for which funding is sought under this article possess a Level I or Level II Pennsylvania Professional Teaching Certificate.

Resources

Extended Family Programs
Appalachian Youth Services
PA Department of Education Alternative Education For Disruptive Youth Resources
Alternative Education for Disruptive You Providers