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.

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is a program that is designed for students whose primary language is not English.  It assists and /or increases the English language learner’s proficiency of speaking and understanding English in the school setting and in his/her everyday living environment.  The ESL/ESOL program assists students with reading, writing, speaking, and listening of the English language.  Our EASD ESOL Coordinator is Vielka Jimenez, who is located at Paxinosa Elementary School.  For more information, email her or call (610) 250-2551.

Family Connection is the family center in the Easton Area School District. Family Connection works together with EASD schools to help remove learning barriers, engage and support families, develop positive school/family/community partnerships, and provide extra learning opportunities.

Gifted Education All students need to meet the Pennsylvania benchmarks, standards, and requirements.  This curriculum adheres to Chapter 4 of the State School Code. In addition, the following activities are offered at an age and/or level appropriate level.

View the EASD Gifted Curriculum.

IST (Instructional Support)
 The goal of IST in the EASD is to maximize individual student success in the classroom, and serving as a screening process for students who may be in need of special education services.  It is a success-oriented program which uses assessment and intervention techniques to help remove educational, behavioral or affective stumbling blocks for students in the regular classroom.  The members of the Instructional Support Team include the building principal, the school counselor, the student’s classroom teacher, and the IST teacher.  Parents are also encouraged to participate in the process.

PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) 
Improving student academic and behavior outcomes is about ensuring all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented instructional and behavioral practices and interventions possible. PBIS provides an operational framework for achieving these outcomes. More importantly, PBIS is NOT a curriculum, intervention, or practice, but IS a decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students.

Special Education The EASD’s Special Education Department has expanded the instructional options in grades K-2 to create additional instructional opportunities for special education students with learning disabilities.  Please click link here for more information.

Summer programs

Summer SIZZLE  is a free camp offered by ProJect of Easton to help children in K - 6 prevent summer learning loss using a variety of structured cross-curricular activities.  SIZZLE is taught by certified teachers and is currently offered at Paxinosa Elementary School.  Contact April Niver for more information.

Cougar Camp is offered at Cheston Elementary School during summer months.  It offers a Pre-K program, a first through fourth grade remedial program, and a first through fourth grade enrichment program.  This program is run by staff members from Cheston Elementary School.

Pre-K Summer Program is offered at Paxinosa Elementary School during the month of July for incoming Kindergarten students.