Alternative Education

Academic Options


Middle School Academic Alternative Program

The Middle School Academic Alternative Program is designed to serve overage elementary school students with at least three retentions; and fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students who have failed one or two core subjects in an effort to keep students on grade level.  This program is currently housed at John F. Kennedy Middle School, John Yeates Middle School, and King’s Fork Middle School.

High School Academic Alternative Program

The High School Academic Alternative Program is designed to serve over-age middle school students with at least three retentions.  This program is currently housed at King’s Fork High school, Nansemond River High School and Lakeland High School.

Work-Plus Program

The Work-Plus Program is a cooperative program in which Suffolk Public Schools students are housed and served at the Pruden Center for Industry and Technology.  This Program is for high school students (age 17 and above) who have not yet earned five (5) credits. Students are assigned to a GED preparation class and a career and technical class for the school year.  Click here for more information about Work-Plus.

Individualized Student Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP)

The Individualized Student Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP) is an alternative education program designed for those students who are 16 to 18 years old and who are at risk of dropping out or not accumulating enough credits to graduate from high school.  Students are required to take entry tests in reading and in each of the 4 pre-GED subject areas (Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies) for acceptance. They must obtain a reading score of 7.5 or higher, and score at least 135 in each of these subject areas for entry into the program.  Click here for more information about the ISAEP program.

Parents are required to meet with the student’s principal to determine academic program options. All academic and career and technical educational/occupational components must be completed for the student to be exempted from compulsory attendance. Placement of a student in ISAEP is subject to recommendation by the Pupil Personnel Department.

Lakeland High School At Home Program

The At-Home School option is a pilot program offered through Lakeland High School. Students are considered to be attending public school at home and are supported by teaching staff at the school. Students must have computer access and be recommended for the program through the school in order to qualify.


Behavioral Options 


Behavioral Daytime Alternative School

The Behavioral Daytime Alternative School serves those students who have been removed from the regular school environment because of disciplinary infractions and for students who have been recommended for expulsion from their regular school setting.  These students are given a “last” chance to prove they are willing to follow school rules and regulations. If successful during their assigned tenure, students may return to the regular instructional program.  This program is currently housed at Turlington Woods School.

Tidewater Regional Alternative Education Program

The Tidewater Regional Alternative Education Program is a cooperative effort with five other school divisions in the area. This program serves serious offenders who are returning from state correctional facilities where they had been committed for offenses involving drugs, weapons, or personal assaults.  This program may also serve students who have been recommended for long-term suspensions of 90 days or more.

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