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ERIC Number: ED265291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
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Creation of an Alternative High School in the West Fargo School District--An Analysis.
Hagen, Gerald W.
West Fargo Community High School (North Dakota) was established in 1982 to provide alternative secondary education to high school dropouts and students who would be unable to function successfully in the traditional high school setting. The school was set up to be a self-supporting institution staffed by three part-time instructors and one part-time paraprofessional; its approach was a hybrid of traditional classroom-based instruction and individualized instruction. Upon entering the program, students develop an educational program consisting of eight 1/2-credit courses that are completed in a 4-week time block system. Time extensions are granted for students who have been working at their full capacity; students judged not to have been working at capacity must pay a $2 fee for a time extension. Despite school board disagreements resulting in separate diplomas for graduates of the district's traditional and alternative high schools and delays in instruction caused by the fact that the alternative school was set up as a correspondence program, the West Fargo Community High School is filling a definite need and has been successful. The main problems still facing the school are inadequate funding and continued resistance to placing the alternative and traditional programs on an equal footing. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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