Alternative Education programs within the Easton Area School District provide an increased service environment to students at-risk for school drop out and those not maximizing their potential for school success. Such students may be in need of a more individualized and supportive approach to their schooling. The philosophy around alternative education is small class size, individualized and differentiated instruction, and being able to meet the immediate needs of the student population. Students also receive intense behavior modification counseling aimed to assist them in a successful return to the regular classroom. There are two alternative education programs within the Easton Area School District: Easton Area Academy and the Prison Education Program.
History of alternative education in the Easton Area School District
Beginning in 1999, Easton Area School District started the Shawnee Success Academy. This program served students in grades 6-8 at an off-site location in the City of Easton. In 2004, the District began the Twilight Academy, which served students in grades 9-12 in the after-school hours at Easton Area High School. In 2007, the Success Academy and Twilight Academy merged to create Easton Area Academy, which served students in grades 5-12. Currently, EAA serves students in grades 5-12.
Reasons for referral to alternative education programs
(Title 24-Article XIX-C of Pennsylvania School Code)
- Persistent disregard for school authority, policies, and rules
- Display or use of controlled substances on school property or during school-affiliated
- Violent or threatening behavior on school property or during school-related activities
- Possession of a weapon on school property, as defined under 18 Pa. C.S. Section 912 (relating to possession of weapon on school property)
- Commission of a criminal act on school property
- Misconduct that would merit suspension or expulsion under school policy
- Habitual truancy
For more information, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.