Alternative Education

Academic Options

The Middle School Academic Alternative Program is designed to serve over-aged elementary school students assigned to Self-Contained Alternative Program (SCAP) and fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students who have failed multiple core subjects 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.

The High School Academic Alternative Program is designed to serve over-aged middle school students in seventh and eighth grades who have failed multiple core subjects. This program is currently housed at King’s Fork High school, Nansemond River High School and Lakeland High School.

Individualized Student Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP) is an alternative education program housed at Nansemond River High School, King’s Fork Middle School, and Lakeland High School. The program is designed for those students who are at least 16 years old and at risk of dropping out or not accumulating enough credits to graduate from high school.  Students are required to take the TABES test and achieve a reading score of 7.5 or higher, and take the GED Official Practice Test and score a 125 in each subject area (Mathematics, Science, Writing, Social Studies, Language Arts) for acceptance into the ISAEP program. Parents are required to meet with the student’s Principal, Graduation Coach, and Guidance Counselor to determine academic program options. Placement of a student in ISAEP is subject to recommendation by the Supervisor of Alternative Education. Students with disabilities who could meet the listed criteria would need to be referred by their IEP team.    

Lakeland High School At Home Program 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 

The Behavioral Daytime Alternative Schoo
l 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.  Turlington Woods School utilizes the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as its primary research based program to proactively work with students to improve their behavior and academic skills. Each student participates in the check-in check out process which is designed to provide increased positive adult contact, embedded social skills training, frequent feedback, and daily home communication. Students with disabilities placement will be determined by their IEP team. This program is currently housed at Turlington Woods School.  

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




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