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ERIC Number: EJ1099097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-9809
Achieving Student Success in a Regional Public Alternative School Setting through a Consequence-Based Model
Burkholder, Sue M.; Merritt, Marti
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2007 n2 Spr 2007
Genesis Alternative School is a regional, public alternative school setting for middle and high school students from four participating school divisions. It serves 1 rural county school division and 3 small city school divisions. Students are placed at Genesis for disciplinary reasons. Genesis is unique among alternative schools in Virginia because of the nature of it's therapeutic program (a project director with a school psychology background and a full time clinical psychologist), the variety of outcome options for students (regular education credits, special education diplomas, GED program, cooperative vocational training at a nearby facility, work-release program), and the staff training model (consensus decision-making, extensive psychological staff training). This program has worked with over 1000 students over the past 10 years with 62 seniors completing their high school experience at Genesis with a high school diploma. An additional 75 students have earned their GED while enrolled. This is a dynamic, "in-the-moment" program which directly addresses social decision-making, personal responsibility for choices and consequences, as well as academic preparation for program completion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A