Other alternative high school programs in St. Clair and Madison counties include:
What: Belleville Alternative Night School
Where: Belleville West High School, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West
Operated by: Belleville School District 201
Number of students: 153
Details: The night school program gives dropouts, truants and at-risk youths the option to earn enough credits to graduate by taking classes during the evening Monday through Thursday.
What: Pathways High School
Where: 2411 Pathways Crossing in Belleville
Operated by: Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative
Number of students: 45
Details: BASSC Executive Director Jeff Daughtery said the Pathways Program is a special education program for students requiring emotional-behavioral intervention. Students who are typically referred to Pathways have not been successful in a public school setting.
What: Curtis Miller Alternative High School
Where: 4400 Grand Ave. in East St. Louis
Operated by: East St. Louis School District 189
Number of students: 107
Details: Students are both regular and special education students who are unsuccessful for a variety of reasons in a regular school setting, according to Sandra Duckworth, director of pupil services at District 189. Students referred to the school need to recover credits, have chronic truancy issues, are two or more grade levels behind or on the verge of being suspended or expelled. However before a student can be referred, Duckworth said the referring school must demonstrate that they have done everything that they could within the regular high school setting to provide the student with intervention and support.
What: Edwardsville High School South
Where: 6148 Center Grove Road in Edwardsville
Operated by: Edwardsville School District 7
Number of students: 60 to 75 students
Details: The alternative high school addresses the intellectual, physical and emotional needs of at-risk students. "Our alternative high school provides a number of students with a smaller setting," said Lynda Andre, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. "For some of our students, they learn better in a smaller environment." She explained students are placed at EHS South for a variety of reasons including behavior and attendance issues as well as those who are not on track to graduate on time with their peers.