Alternative School: The Phoenix Academy
Due to the small segment of the student population needing Alternative Education services, it is cost prohibitive for districts to independently operate their own programs.
Our Alternative Education program offerings are designed to offer specialized learning opportunities for students whose learning interests and unique style differ from the traditional school setting and who might also be at risk of not participating fully in their home schools. Curriculum is approved by the New York State Education Department and is aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards. Students receive academic credits for coursework and can earn their Regents Diploma. Content certified teachers in all core academic areas are needed to staff the program.
These program offerings are designed to offer specialized learning opportunities for students whose learning interests and unique style differ from the traditional school setting and who might also be at risk of not participating fully in their home schools. Characteristics of these programs include a smaller group setting, individualized learning plans, and digital/virtual access to coursework through a blended delivery model. Instructional delivery will be rigorous, standards based and have the potential to be self-paced as well as affinity based. Access to a professional school counseling program grounded in research best practices will also be offered. A brochure with more specific information on each program will be made available.
Alternative Educational Setting (AES) provides services on three levels. The AES can be provided to serve students who have been suspended from the component district with home instruction.
The AES can also be used as a transitional arrangement for students pending permanent placement in an educational program in BOCES or in the district. With the parent or guardian’s permission, the student can be placed in the AES temporarily (not to exceed 45 days) while on a waiting list for another program.
In addition, the AES can also be used for assessment (including academic and psychological and behavior modification). Students who are difficult to assess in the educational environment due to associated stressors may be placed in the AES as an interim alternative placement (assessments are conducted by appropriately certified personnel). Districts may also use the AES as part of their discipline level system. The target population is middle through high school-aged students, including special and general education students.
Student assignments are forwarded by the sending district’s classroom teacher(s) prior to and throughout placement in AES. The AES program is located in Port Ewen.