Our challenge is not to educate the children we used to have or want to have, but to educate the children who come to the schoolhouse door.H. G. Wells
The conventional school environment does not meet the needs of all students, especially those students who are at-risk, helpless and disconnected. We must seek and develop alternatives that provide the structure for these students to be successful.
The Cape Henlopen School District is developing alternative education programs that assist all students to be successful. These program ideas range from early intervention for at-risk individuals that start the student off on the right track to programs for students who have lost their way entirely. Alternative education types include but are not limited to: alternative classrooms, school-within-a-school programming, separate alternative schools, and second or last-chance schools for disruptive students. Just as there are many types and settings for alternative schools, there are many delivery models based on the programs’ philosophy and the needs of the students they serve.
While the short-term goal of alternative education is to meet the needs of some students, the long-term goal must be to identify successful alternative education strategies and use these strategies as a basis for improving the learning opportunities for all children.