This is an incomplete list of alternative schools, resources, and supporting organizations in a variety of settings. Please feel free to offer links or share this information. We hope to display links to a growing number of alternative learning environments for study and practical applications. Success needs to be shared. Educational reform is necessary for our continued global growth.


Support Organizations…

    Holistic Education Network... PURPOSE: To discuss the application of the principles and practice of holistic education to teaching and learning for all students.

The International School Connection (ISC) is a web-based professional development and graduate degree program in Global Organizational Leadership

  The Coalition of Essential Schools is a growing national network committed to increasing student achievement by re-inventing school design, classroom practice, leadership and community connections.

  The National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools is a nonprofit educational organization. Since 1978, the Coalition has supported the work of students, parents, teachers and others in the field of alternative education, while informing the general public about its benefits and successes.

  An alternative school is one that offers an approach to education that varies from the traditional structure of a group of students in a self-contained classroom learning from a predetermined course of study.

Outdoor Education Research and Evaluation Center... People Involved in Outdoor Education Theory-building & Research


Special Needs Programs for Diverse Learners…

Model Secondary School for the Deaf... provides a comprehensive day and residential four-year high school program for students from various states and United States territories.

  The Child Development Center of Oregon (CDCO) is dedicated to providing a state of the art education for children with autism.

Carmel Community Arts & Technology Charter School. The first charter school in Arizona and focus is on individual and special needs, including multiple intelligences with sensitivity toward spiritual intelligence (non-religious) in relationship to the connectivity of all things. Program is K-12 with two locations.

Red Oak Academy Welcomes You To The Latest In State-Of-The-Art Online Education. Real Teachers, Real Books, Really On-Line. Curriculum delivered in textual, audio, and video classroom environments.

K - 8 programs…

  Eastside Alternative School, Eugene, OR, offers a strong academic program based on a non-graded, continuous progress model. Children choose projects. Decision-making skills are practiced daily in groups made up of students in grades 1-5. A sense of family is paramount. Parent involvement is required.

  Douglas Alternative is an open-space, whole language, arts impact school. The city is an extension of our curriculum. Douglas, Ohio has a long history of community involvement dating from the early 1900's.

 Aspen Education Group is the industry leader in providing educational services to youth and their families. All of our educational services are integrated with a strong and effective self-growth program.

  Lawton Alternative School, San Francisco, CA. In order to achieve our goal, we provide a stimulating learning environment that focuses on academic excellence and high achievement from Kindergarten through 8th grade.  The academic program emphasizes active learning and problem solving with hands-on materials and projects. 

  The Alternative Schools Network (ASN) is a network of non-public alternative community-run schools in the Chicagoland area.

  Wyncote Academy is a non-profit, non-sectarian private school located on a five-acre suburban campus in Eastern Montgomery County. A co-educational institution, Wyncote serves grades 6 through 12 in a middle and upper school. Enrollment is approximately 100 students, and averaging 13 students per class. Curriculum is college preparatory, with emphasis on skills development.

  Sojourner School is the Boulder, CO Valley School District's newest middle school, approved as a charter school by the Board of Education in December 1998.


Including Secondary (9-12) Programs

  North Heights Alternative School (Amarillo, TX) is committed to recovering and preparing at-risk students to become self-directed learners.  Students will develop an understanding of the rules of society, meet and accept challenges, and find life fulfillment.

  Grand Alternative School (CO) admits students based on the following criteria: educational history, essay response, personal interview with student, second interview student and sponsor, and student's conviction to genuine motivation for success at Grand Alternative School.

  Founded in 1983, Saturday Academy is a community-based pre-college department serving students and teachers in the four-county Portland/Vancouver area and through four other centers in Oregon.

  Our mission at South Camden Alternative School (NJ) is to prepare our students to become effective lifelong learners as well as independent and productive citizens in society.

  PACE Alternative School (Milwaukee, WI) is an innovative alternative program targeted for students that are not reaching their full potential in a traditional school setting. The program is modeled after the Ombudsman Alternative High School in Libertyville, Illinois, which has been operating since 1974.

  The MACH Academy of Tennis & Chess, Inc., is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax exempt charitable organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Code. MACH is incorporated in the State of Georgia and South Carolina and is affiliated with the United States Tennis Association-National Junior Tennis League (USTA/NJTL). (slow download)

Spectrum Academy, Arizona's leading educational village concept which uses indigenous and traditional programs to empower at-risk youth to ascend to at-hope young adults.

Post-Secondary Programs…

  itmOnline   Institute for Traditional Medicine

  If you would like to find massage therapy schools, chiropractic colleges, acupuncture schools, or any school of the natural healing arts, you'll find a great source for information on schools, programs, certification, careers and licensing requirements.

  The Open International University For Alternative Medicines (Charter Of Indian Board Of Alternative Medicines)

SouthWest Institute of Healing Arts - Arizona's Premier Holistic Healthcare College

Behavioral Programs…

 Aspen Education Group is the industry leader in providing educational services to youth and their families. All of our educational services are integrated with a strong and effective self-growth program.

ORY Center opens the door to a world of opportunities for young adults living in group homes through education, mentoring, counseling and recreation.

FamilyFirstAid.Org Help for troubled teens... boarding schools & programs.The youth programs / private boarding schools are part of the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs.  The programs are to assist parents in dealing with teens that have behavioral problems. 

HomeBase Youth Services is a major community-based youth agency, providing critical and effective services to homeless, runaway and other at-risk youth in the Phoenix Metro area There are three key messages the organization sends to youth: 1. You are valued 2. You are worthy of respect 3. You are welcomed here

Huckleberry Youth Programs is a community-based agency founded on the belief that adolescence is a turbulent time during which many young people are at risk for life-threatening crises. Our mission is to provide adolescents in San Francisco and Marin counties the highest quality of services along a continuum of care ranging from prevention to crisis intervention to stabilization and growth.

 Wilderness Therapy and School Programs for Temperamentally Difficult Teenagers Who Have Family, Psychological, Behavioral and School Problems, including ADHD and ODD.

Top Flight Academy is a licensed residential treatment center (specialized boarding school) for troubled teens ages 13 to 17 that are unmotivated, yet very capable of being successful.


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