Alternative Education

  • Boston Public Schools offer a variety of alternative education programs and services for middle school and high school students who are not succeeding in a traditional school setting. The programs offer intensive support services and different approaches to learning. It is important to note that not every student who requests an alternative program will be placed in a program.

    Some of the programs are:

    • The BPS Re-engagement Center (REC) helps students who have dropped out of high school (or who are thinking of dropping out) to complete high school and continue their education and career preparation beyond high school.
    • Boston Adult Technical Academy (BATA) serves students ages 18–22 who are considered over-age for their grade. Some of these students are English learners.
    • Accelerated Intervention Program at Excel High School
    • Charlestown Diploma Plus serves students from all BPS high schools that have not succeeded in regular programs and need a rigorous competency-based education that is supported by a small, personalized learning culture.
    • Greater Egleston
    • Community Academy (grades 9-12) enrolls students who need a structured, positive small learning community with a focus on behavior and positive involvement in school.
    • Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA) 
    • Boston Central Adult High School provides both diplomas and the High School Equivalency Examination (HiSET). Students and/or their families may choose these programs if they have had a negative school experience or if they want to take a different path toward a high school diploma. 

    BPS offers additional programs as part of the Boston Collaborative High School, a partnership with community-based organizations: 

    • ABCD University High School offers non-traditional learning and year-round programming for over-age students with a focus on career development.
    • EDCO High School is for over-age, under-credited students, who need a personalized small learning community. 
    • Ostiguy High School is for students coping with substance abuse.
    • Otro Camino is an alternative education program designed for English learners,  
    • LogOn Academies offers non-traditional learning and postsecondary pathways through a combination of online and classroom learning (called “blended learning”). This is intense computerized learning for students who can work independently and are comfortable with online learning.
    • St. Mary’s School is for expectant and parenting students using online and portfolio learning.

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